Designing a Circular Product: Crafting Waste Plastic

Saturday 23rd September 2017, 12:00

This workshop is an introduction into the process of converting household plastic waste, into a valuable material resource. You will get the opportunity to melt down your own plastic and learn the necessary steps into how to form this material into a product, using modern manufacturing techniques such as CNC-milling. As well as this, you will be taught how to separate your plastics, to make sure you can create the best material as possible.

You will get the chance to design your own forms, where I will offer advice for how to make these from the waste plastic material. I will also teach you how to reprocess the product after you have finished with it, making sure that the material can be reused over and over again.

What Experience do I need?

This is aimed at adults with any level of craft or design skills. You may be complete beginners with an interest in sustainability, or an expert product designer with ambition to move into different material specialisms.

What will I make?

You will be melting down waste plastic into blocks of solid material. We will experiment using the CNC-milling machine, cutting out the forms which you have been designing. You will be able to take home a range of these samples made from different plastics, as well as a process card explaining how to process materials while keeping safe!

Who will be teaching me?

Tom Meades is a 3D designer, specializing in sustainable material and process exploration. He has a BA degree in 3D Design & Craft from The University of Brighton, as well as professional experience as a product designer. Tom hopes that in the future, people will be able to develop high-quality products within their own home, simply using waste material.

Do I need to bring anything?

We advise that you bring along your own plastic bottles, detergent containers and plastic bags, as this will be a great material source to start melting down. Also bring notepads, drawing/writing equipment, and heatproof gloves. As we will be melting plastic, it is recommended that you wear a safety mask, although we will be working outside so there will be no fumes trapped indoors.

Learn more about Tom Meades here:

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Makerversity London