Success Story

Taking Circular Economy from Theory to Practice

Chapter I


Bringing Recyclability into Manufacturing

Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS), the testing ground for future-friendly technologies, needed a setup where old parts and prototypes were in storage shelves, rather than waste bins to stay on one of the core values within Lapland UAS, sustainability. 3devo’s full solution enabled Lapland UAS to manifest a circular economy within their 3D Printing lab.


Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS), situated in northern Finland, was founded in 1992. Since then, it has expanded its reach to various fields of education, and evolved into a renowned institution that structures its curriculum and culture around innovation and eco-consciousness. With the establishment of their additive manufacturing laboratory on campus, students and researchers can now explore and experiment with more assignments, however, with the cost of large amounts of PLA 3D print waste. 3devo’s full solution makes for efficient processing of  of the materials to create new.

Future Technologies
Enabling circular economy within their 3D Printing lab.
Chapter II

The Challenge

Students at the mechanical engineering wing of Lapland University of Applied Sciences were constrained by the amount of 3D printing they could perform in their laboratory. With materials being expensive, and 3D printing being a crucial part of engineering courses and research projects, the department was in need of a recycling solution for failed prints and an element of sustainability in the learning process.

3D Printing Lab
Bringing sustainability in the learning process
Chapter III

The Solution

One student was tasked with surveying the recycling landscape, comparing solutions available on the market and selecting a desktop extruder. The full set offered by 3devo, was selected to recycle commonly used materials into 3D printing filament, keeping with the university’s vision of bringing sustainability to educational practices.

The Full Solution
To recycle materials into 3D printing filament.
Chapter IV

Workflow Highlights

  • 100% Recycled PLA
    The team at Lapland UAS, lead by Nicole’s research and experimentation has allowed for PLA to be recycled into 3D printing filament and 3d printable. ore accuracy and freedom than on-screen calculations.

  • Circular Economy in the Lab

    Equipped with the 3devo machines, and the accompanying possibilities such as access to a material developers’ forum, Nicole and her supervisor were able to establish a working example of the circular economy within their laboratory.

  • Minimizing Wastage

    Now that PLA has been identified as a 100% recyclable material, they hope to arrive at similar results with PLA composites. In the long term, the entire effort is to establish a robust education system where the freedom to innovate stems from a determination to minimize wastage.

Sustainable Process
Lapland drives sustainability within its lab.
“I notice that the practices currently available at institutes and universities don’t talk about the recyclability of 3D printing so much… When were starting to design the laboratory, we already knew we wanted to have a filament recycling device.”
Ari Pikkarainen
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
“I never thought I’d be able to make filament out of 100% recycled PLA. I thought 50/50 would be the maximum!”
Nicole Körner
Thesis Student

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