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AgriDust: 3D Printing with Food Waste

Italian design student Marina Ceccolini has come up with the idea to reuse the waste of fruits and vegetables for 3D printing.

The material called AgriDust is a mixture of 64.5% biodegradable waste like coffee grounds, peanut shells, tomato skins, lemon and orange peels or bean pods, and 35.5% binder material like potato starch. Using a 3D printer with a paste extruder, the material can then be processed to temporary products like disposable packaging or planters, before they are returned to the compost.

Although AgriDust is currently still a project at a prototyping stage, Ceccolini wants to further investigate into possibilities of how to use it in 3D printing.

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