In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, a company in Cardiff created a device that can recycle and reuse PPE. A firm in Singapore that 3D prints food has revealed its intention to go commercial in the near future. Finally, we take a look inside what’s being touted as the first functional 3D printed house in Sharjah, the third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
Device for Recycling PPE
According to estimates, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some hospital trusts in the UK have been using a combined 10 million items of personal protective equipment, or PPE, a day, most of which are single-use plastic. In order to tackle this massive amount of waste, South Wales company Thermal Compaction Group (TCG) has created an innovative device, called the Sterimelt, that can recycle disposable plastic PPE at source. This patented device heats and then thermally compacts polypropylene (PP) surgical tray wraps and drapes, as well as medical-grade surgical face masks and other types of PPE, and re-engineers it all so it can be used to make new products, such as medical waste bins and 3D printed arm casts. TCG is working with another Cardiff company, FFP3-grade mask-making facility Hardshell,