UBQ Materials’ waste-based 3D printing filament has won the 2022 ‘South by Southwest’ (SXSW) Innovation Award in the Speculative Design category.
UBQ was one of just 15 winners out of hundreds of applications to be given an award with each entry being graded on four criteria – creativity, form, function, and overall experience.
According to 3D Printing Industry, the other finalists in the category were a biometric ignited solo blade from SOLO Secure, Coldsnap’s Flash Freeze Premium Ice Cream, the Katalyst training system by Katalyst Interactive, and XEDEC Tri-Screen by Xebec.
UBQ’s waste-based 3D printing material is made up of ‘climate positive’ thermoplastic and has been specifically designed to enable additive manufacturing with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, explains UBQ Materials Co-founder and Co-CEO Tato Bigo.
“With this innovation, 3D printing may become the most environmentally conscious means of production available,” intones Bigio.
“We are thrilled that the SXSW Innovation Awards judging panel recognized this significant achievement and are incredibly proud to have been named the winner in this category.”
The patented advanced conversion process works by taking household waste from landfill sites and transforming it into a thermoplastic material that UBQ claims to be ‘infinitely renewable’.
The filament – which goes by the same name as the company, can substitute oil-based resins for additive manufacturing and is reportedly suited to a wide range of applications, product sectors, and industries.
According to UBQ, its 3D printing filament (developed in collaboration with R&D firm Plastics App) can be used for making functional applications like jigs, fixtures, and spare parts more sustainable.
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