Experimental filament glue/ attacher

One of the worst irritation factors on a daily basis is the small amounts of filament that is left on a spool/reel. Too little to use on a full print but enough to actually waste a substantial amount of ABS material. All the ideas I played around with regarding acetone glue/cement made me think about how two pieces of ABS filament can be attached together to create less wastage.

A quick informal discussion and motivation from Leslie Bekker helped me on my way with visualizing the design. I consulted with the tool room at TTI Sebokeng, which made a very sturdy and effective design to fuse two pieces of filament together.

Although this does not directly relate to the two main techniques I am investigating, the use of such tools does provide a platform for cleaner, greener and safer user environments, when it gets to Additive Manufacturing, Design and Visual Arts alike.

It is very much in the experimental phase but every sample we tested so far extruded successfully. My biggest concern was that some of the acetone stays behind in the plastic and then heat up too quick and become volatile inside the extrusion nozzle, which in turn would clog up the nozzle (leading to no extrusion at all).

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I would love to hear if anybody out there have experimented with the same materials and concepts. Please leave a comment