July 30, 2021
From Fishing to Fashion

What sets them apart from other Rapid Manufacturing facilities is their commitment to the protection of people and the environment, thereby allowing them to become leaders in the category. On average, their project materials are made up of roughly 85% to 90% of recycled materials, such as plastic bottles and fishing wires.

3D printing, sustainability and recycling, these are what the future trends will bring. The common aim is to have these industries work together to create more efficient and unique solutions.

When examining the first case of recycled fishing nets, the need for sustainable seafood continues to grow, accounting for roughly $241 billion in 2017. Given the growing demand, the industry is expected to reach roughly $438 billion by 2026. Unfortunately, with this growth comes the increase in discarded nets left within our oceans.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an estimated 640,000 tons of fishing gear is discarded annually. A variety of sea mammals – from dolphins to sea turtles to whales – have been found entangled in these nets, often times resulting in death. According to various sources, if the problem continues there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. By partnering with Fishy Filaments Ltd., J-Supplied 3D took it upon themselves to use their unique 3D printing capabilities to help with a solution.

Fishy Filaments repurposes recycled nylon from fishing nets (also known as PA6) and converts them into an engineering grade filament that can be used for 3D printing. The material is unique in the world of 3D printing, which is known for adapting filaments towards engineering prototypes and models.

Fishy filament

Fishy filament

Together, they decided to create a unique line of fashionable home furnishings called The Porthcurno Collection, named for the ‘Porthcurno’ blend of filament that it utilizes. The Porthcurno Collection combines a love for the ocean, sustainability, and modern technology in a series of limited-edition vase furnishings. Each vase is inspired by the natural movements of water, and captured in the jade tones of an entirely recycled material (100%).

Porthcurno Collection

In order to achieve this, J-Supplied required a system that can meet the speed and consistently needed to achieve their production goals and versatility with different filament materials. Using Craftbot’s award-winning and user-friendly 3D printers, they found everything that they were looking for and more with the benefit of accurate repeatability from producing multiple batches. And by printing their own models and final pieces inhouse, the cost and time-savings are considerable.

Furthermore, to align with their overall environmental commitment, from every vase sold, a donation is made towards Surfers Against Sewage, a UK marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life for the last 30 years.

Porthcurno Collection - Vases

Beyond home furnishings, J-Supplied has expanded the idea of using recycled fishing nets to also 3D print buttons for use on garments and suits for global luxury fashion icons such as Prada.

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