by DAVE HAKKENS
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens has made his own machines for recycling plastic to make new products locally and shares the blue-prints of making the machines online so others around the world can do the same. The machines by Dave Hakkens include a plastic shredder, extruder, injection moulder and rotation moulder, which are all based on industrial machines but modified to be less complex and more flexible. "Of all the plastic thrown away, we only recycle 10 percent and I wondered why we recycle so little".
Dave Hakkens built three machines for melting plastic and manufacturing new products with it, using a combination of new custom-made components and reclaimed parts like an old oven that he found at a scrapyard. Precious Plastic was presented during Dutch Design Week 2013.