Batch.Works, a London-based 3D printing service bureau, is working with international stationery store Paperchase to create a collection of 3D printed biodegradable paperclips, pen pots, and ballpoint pens.
This selection of stationery is made from bioplastic and included in Paperchase’s Conscious Living collection.
3D printed biodegradable stationery
Using FFF, Batch.Works additively manufactured 30,000 pieces of stationery within two months. The team worked with Ultimaker 3D printers, then used an Epilog Laser system to engrave text on the parts.
According to the team, each paperclip took two minutes to print, while each pen pot took approximately 20 minutes. Julien Vaissieres, founder of Batch.Works, said, “3D printing has been used for prototypes, engineered parts, and high-end objects for decades.”
“At Batch.works we revolutionized slow, rigid and costly traditional manufacturing methods with a radically more efficient 3D printing process. Bringing 3D printed products to your local shop and the hands of people. These are the first steps toward a new way of making things sustainable. ”
The Paperchase Conscious Living collection
In collaboration with the Forst Stewardship Council (FSC), the Paperchase Conscious Living collection integrates recycled and responsibly sourced materials into stationery. As a result, Batch.works’ stationery is made from PLA plastic produced using sugar cane.
The company also emphasizes sustainability using 3D printing through its 3D printed lamps which are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. Vaissieres intends to use Batch.works to help revive the possibilities of local manufacturing.
“One of our long-term goals is to replicate this in other cities, so global designers can produce locally at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, drastically reducing supply chain waste. That’s the dream.”
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Featured image shows 3D printed biodegradable pens. Photo via Batch.Works.