Startup CLEANR is using 3D printing technology from Formlabs for its microplastic filter technology for washing machine manufacturers.
The 3D printing platform allows CLEANR to accelerate the introduction of new microplastic filter solutions and efficiently work with appliance manufacturers to integrate the technology into their washing machine designs.
Washing machine wastewater is the largest source of microplastic pollution in the world. Governments are working on legislation to require manufacturers to equip new household washing machines with microplastic filters. Starting in January 2025, all washing machines sold in France must be equipped with a microplastic filter solution. Similar proposals are in place in the U.K., U.S. and Canada.
“3D printing technology plays a pivotal role in how we’re helping washing machine manufacturers address complex microplastic-filtering specifications, testing standards, space constraints, and cost challenges as they move quickly to address new regulations,” said Chip Miller, co-founder and chief operating officer of CLEANR. “Formlabs technology enables us to render extremely high-quality prototypes for them in a matter of hours or days, instead of weeks or months, in order to adapt our solution for diverse appliance designs.”
Microplastics cover 88% of the ocean’s surface and can be found in remote areas. The OECD estimates that the amount of plastic waste entering waterways through textiles will double by 2050 if no action is taken.
Formlabs is a leading provider of professional stereolithography and selective laser sintering 3D printers. CLEANR uses this technology to customize filter solutions and develop new features and additional products.
“Technology innovation is crucial in the race to eliminate microplastics from our oceans, food supplies and drinking water,” said CLEANR co-founder and chief technology officer David Dillman. “Having early access to Formlabs’ advanced 3D printing capabilities will help us maintain the lead position in microplastics filtration and accelerate our expansion into in-home water filters, dishwashers, dryers, industrial laundry, and beyond.”
Find out more about Formlabs at formlabs.com.
For more information about CLEANR, please visit cleanr.life.