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Cooking Oil to 3D Printing – new research develops a way to recycle oil

If you cook you’ve probably got a jar of used oil sitting somewhere near your stove. Hopefully you’re not dumping it down the drain. Most people put it out with the trash but what if you could recycle it? Researchers from the University of Toronto have devised a way to turn used oil from McDonald’s into 3D printing resin that is biodegradable.

The new resin is cheaper than conventional material and once it has served its purpose, it is biodegradable so it won’t sit in a landfill forever. The new materiel lost 20 percent of it’s weight two weeks making it a sustainable option for 3D printing.

The method is still being developed but costs nearly half as much and could be a viable option for many industries. If it is developed, it could really be a game changer and provide new roads in sustainability.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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