Sustainability and environmental protection are playing an increasingly important role in the 3D printing community. The startup EcoLife Labs from Mexico has taken up this cause and introduced PolyAgave, a particularly environmentally friendly filament. It is made from the fibers of the agave plant, which are actually waste products of tequila production. EcoLife is currently trying to bring the product to market with the help of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Through numerous experiments with different pellet combinations, they searched for the ideal process to produce a 3D printed filament. A key aspect was developing a filament that would hold firmly on the print bed and not clog the print nozzles.
After intensive research and many trials, EcoLife Labs finally presents the PolyAgave Filament. A material that is not only environmentally friendly, but also of outstanding quality. During the printing process, it emits a sweet scent and the final product has an appealing, wood-like appearance.
The startup’s goal is to make EcoLife Labs filament affordable for anyone and everyone. The team hopes that their innovative product will inspire more people to turn to 3D printing. But they still have a challenge ahead of them: to make mass production possible, they need an industrial extruder machine. To do this, they are looking for investors and supporters who believe in their project and will help them get started with mass production.