Every day we make use of countless electronic devices, the microwave, the shaver, the PC and the office printer. We live surrounded by electronics that quickly become obsolete and we replace them with brand new equipment. But the consequences of this affluent life will soon take its toll on the environment because every time we generate more and more tons of e-waste. Fortunately many parts and components of these unwanted items they are reusable.
Little by little more and more centers that are responsible for collecting all these components before they end up in the landfill, even in some places very original initiatives are being organized to give it a second chance to all this stuff. In Australia, centers called E-Hub, are helping local populations by providing a space where people from the community can attend to learn technical skills and receive training to prepare them for the changing world of work.
These centers have the objective of end up creating 3D printers out of garbage but to achieve it they must follow many previous steps. They have started by taking courses for people without work in the community in which they are teaches how to dismantle obsolete electronics and classify parts for use. With this activity they also manage to teach this group how an electronic device works internally and what components it consists of.
Valuable pieces in the trash
Most parts to create a 3D printer can be obtained from old PCs and printers. However some Structural parts, extruder and controller equipment are hard to come by second hand. But this fact does not discourage those responsible for the project, since many pieces can be printed and the rest of the requirements barely represent 20% of the total.
we hope that this initiative brings great benefits to the community in the long term and inspire other centers to do similar work. We have to bear in mind that a center of these characteristics can collect more than three tons of waste in a few months, if nobody does anything to reduce these figures in a responsible way, we will soon have a problem that is difficult to solve.