Extreme E, which is set for its inaugural race in just 57 days, confirms 3devo as its Official Supplier of equipment and training to create the championship’s trophies from consumer plastic waste.
Extreme E, a brand-new motorsport series that aims to highlight the climate crisis issue, is looking to create the most sustainable series possible from every angle, which is why it has enlisted the support of 3devo. The Netherlands-based tech company will provide Extreme E with a full material recycling and processing solution, enabling the transformation of plastic waste into filament for 3D printing applications, including the series’ winners’ trophies.
Onboard, there will be a maker space serving as a recycling facility. Here they will recycle consumer plastics and bring them back to life through customised 3D printing filament with 3devo’s extrusion solution. Members of 3devo’s team will provide essential training on how to recycle plastic optimally to ensure excellent results.
The impact of waste plastic is devasting, with two-thirds of plastic produced ending up in the environment - including our oceans – which equates to about 6.3 billion tonnes. Extreme E hopes to highlight this issue by encouraging behavioural change.
Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, said: “This concept from 3devo was founded by young inventive engineers and I’m delighted Extreme E is able to implement this technology. The 3devo mission to assist businesses to be more sustainable is a shared vision of Extreme E.
“It is incredibly satisfying to know that using ocean plastic for our trophies has a positive impact on the environment, and I can’t wait to see our inaugural race winners lift them in Saudi Arabia on the 4th of April.”
Tim Wesselink, Founder and CEO at 3devo, added: "Our mission has always been to empower innovators within 3D printing through accessible and quality products to create material discoveries. Thankfully, through our solution, these discoveries aren't wasteful. By minimising plastic waste consumption and repurposing the waste created – it takes a whole new turn on innovation.
By Extreme E recognising and acting upon the impact of climate change, we truly believe this partnership will allow us to amplify our message. Showing the world that plastic waste threatening our environment can become useful when repurposed.
We are proud to contribute to Extreme E as an example of closed-looped recycling within 3D printing. Extreme E's eagerness to implement technology that is sustainable and offers the opportunity to innovate is extraordinary and admirable. We are beyond thrilled and ready to overcome the greatest challenges together."
Extreme E's floating centrepiece, St. Helena, which will set sail in mid-February, is currently being loaded with the three machines that 3devo has provided - a Precision 450 Filament Maker, SHR3D IT Plastic Shredder, and an Airid Polymer Dryer - the critical machines required to turn waste plastic into trophies. Next to that, 3devo will train the Extreme E team on usage to create trophies on the ground.