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Bottle Cap Making Machine

Bottle Cap Making Machine

In this video from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, they show how their El-Exis SP injection molding machine makes plastic bottle caps. Each time its molds fill with plastic, it stamps out 96 identical bottle caps, repeating the process every 1.9 seconds. We love that top-down view of all the caps falling to the production line below.

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has been using huge amounts of personal protective equipment. The Brothers Make teamed up with recycler ReWorked to see what they could do with the plastic found in disposable face masks. They melted and extruded the resulting polypropylene granules into the parts for a park bench.

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DefeXtiles

DefeXtiles

Researchers from the MIT Media Lab developed a method for 3D printing that creates soft and stretchable textiles. The process takes advantage of a defect that can occur in 3D printing – underextruded thermoplastics. By precisely controlling this behavior, they were able to make thin, flexible fabrics with custom patterns.

Turning Plastic Pill Bottles Into Robots

Turning Plastic Pill Bottles Into Robots

TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin starts off this video with a lesson on injection molding and the different kinds of plastics which can be recycled. He then proceeds to show us how to melt down some polypropylene pill bottles, then molds them into a bunch of adorable little orange robots.

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

DIY Soda Bottle Raft

2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.

Plastic Bottle Cap Cache

Plastic Bottle Cap Cache

Tokyo_Bird shared this 3D-printable design which makes use of plastic soda bottle caps for sealing small containers. They’re ideal for storing items like screws, washers, or pills. The design is available for download from Thingiverse. We’re not sure they fit U.S.-size bottle caps, but they include STL files for printing your own caps.

Double Dipper Bowls

Double Dipper Bowls
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These split-compartment bowls are perfect for separating individual portions of chips and dips, snacks and sauces, nuts and shells, and more. They’re made from BPA-free high-density polyethylene and are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Sold in sets of six colorful bowls.

Recycling Bottle Caps into a Cutting Board

Recycling Bottle Caps into a Cutting Board

We throw out a whole lot of plastic, and very little of it gets recycled. Brothers Make shows us how they used ordinary kitchen appliances to melt milk bottle caps and other plastic bits to create a colorful and functional cutting board. They say the HDPE plastic they used is food-safe.

Carving a Batmobile from a Speaker Cabinet

Carving a Batmobile from a Speaker Cabinet

Ank Creative makes miniature cars out of plastic. We’ve seen the DeLorean they made from a cigarette lighter, now here’s another movie-inspired ride. This time we’ve got a recreation of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman, carved from black plastic scrounged from a speaker cabinet and a few other bits and bobs.

Koala Tools Ring Rulers

Koala Tools Ring Rulers
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These unique curved rulers have a decided advantage over using a compass to draw circles. They have markings that let you measure the diameter of a circle, as well as arc length, allowing you to draw precise circles and curves with a single tool. Sold in 1″ to 3.5″, 3″ to 6″, and combo packs.

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers
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We love the look of Geeki Tikis’ ceramic tiki tumblers, but if you’d prefer something more kid-friendly and portable, check out these versions that are made from BPA-free plastic. They feature the same awesome designs, but are far less fragile, and have a screw-on top with a reusable straw. Not dishwasher or microwave safe.

The Truth About LEGO Beach

The Truth About LEGO Beach

Tom Scott takes us to a spot in Cornwall, UK known as “LEGO Beach,” because countless LEGO pieces have washed up on its shore since 1997. Tom digs into the true story of the toys and the crazy amount of junk that has found its way into the sea. LEGO Lost at Sea has been documenting some of the many plastics they’ve found on beaches.

Why Plastic Exists

Why Plastic Exists

In the early 1900s, electricity was about to take the world by storm. But live wires couldn’t safely be used without insulation. Resin harvested from insects worked, but was too expensive to harvest. Necessity being the mother of invention, it drove chemist Leo Baekeland to develop what would become the world’s first plastic.

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The Beauty

The Beauty

Director Pascal Schelbli, VFX Supervisor Marc Angele, and a team of talented CG artists created this short film which imagines what the world might be like if all of the plastics that make their way into the oceans came to life as sea creatures instead of polluting them like they actually do.

Game Card + Token Trays

Game Card + Token Trays
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Etsy seller Casiopea3D makes these 3D-printed trays for keeping your cards and tokens neat and tidy when playing tabletop games. Each one has three card slots and four token trays. Measures appx. 7.9″ w x 2.4″ d. Sold in sets of two or more in a variety of colors.

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap 2.0

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap 2.0

A few years back, maker Peter Brown created a set of coasters that he cast from bubble wrap. He’s decided to revisit the project now that he’s got more experience with resin, and the new ones look even more frustratingly realistic than the originals – at least before he added the colored resin.

Turning Trash Into Bricks

Turning Trash Into Bricks

The UN Environment Programme introduces us to Nzambi Matee, a materials engineer based in Kenya, whose business Gjenge Makers creates low-cost construction materials. By heating and compressing waste plastic and sand, they form durable blocks which weigh half that of traditional clay bricks.

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

While we all know that plastic drinking straws are bad for the environment, it’s also true they’re good for making art. YouTuber Imaginative Guy shows off his crafting skills by turning a bendy green straw into a very convincing grasshopper fishing lure. He also made a shrimp using the same technique.

Klikk Snap-together Flatware

Klikk Snap-together Flatware
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Koziol’s reusable outdoor cutlery set is designed to snap together, making the pieces easy to pack and store. They’re made from durable, BPA-free and Melamine-free thermoplastic, and come in a variety of colors. Each set includes the fork, knife, and spoon.

Memobottle Flat Bottles

Memobottle Flat Bottles
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Thanks to their rectangular shape, Memobottles fit more efficiently inside of bags, and also won’t roll around. They’re made from BPA-free Tritan plastic and are safe to use with hot water, in the freezer, or in the dishwasher. Available in 6oz., 12oz., 15oz., and 25oz. sizes.

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Rockstar Ruler

Rockstar Ruler
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Rock out with your French curve out. Designer Mike Vaiksaar’s clever drawing tool for Suck UK makes geometry so much more fun, packing a protractor, set square, arc tool, and other useful stencils into the shape of an electric guitar.

IKEA Knorva Hat

IKEA Knorva Hat
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Celebrate your love for Swedish home furnishings (and Swedish meatball) store IKEA with this playful bucket hat, made from the same woven polypropylene fabric used in their indestructible blue Frakta shopping bags. One size fits all.

Nail Holder Pliers

Nail Holder Pliers
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Never smash a finger again when hammering in nails. These safety pliers have unique grooves designed for steadying various nail sizes, so you can get them started without having to hold them between your fingertips. They’re made from sturdy plastic and lay flat against either horizontal or vertical surfaces.

The Ubiquitous Monobloc

The Ubiquitous Monobloc

This omnipresent stackable chair is known as a “Monobloc,” and it can be found everywhere from suburban backyards to major tourist attractions. What is it about this mundane, yet functional piece of molded plastic that made it so wildly popular? Neo digs into this so-called “context-free object.”

FORMcard

FORMcard

FORMcard is a pocket-sized thermoplastic sheet. It becomes pliable when dipped in hot water, allowing you to repair or augment objects or even make impromptu tools. It’s made from a starch-based bioplastic so it’s completely biodegradable.

Solid Gray Backpack

Solid Gray Backpack
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Made from a durable, lightweight folded plastic shell, Solid Gray’s geometric packs look like something out of a science fiction flick. Originally only in white, we’re really digging the new gray one.

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