basic

machines

Basic machines are perfect to start and get into local plastic recycling. Play around, make products, run workshops and educate people.

Get started into plastic recycling

Easy to build

Designed for maximum replicability, with over 50 video tutorials, these machines should be quite easy to build.

Educational

These machines are small, friendly and easy to understand making them perfect for educational workshops at events or schools.

Affordable

Materials and tools needed to build these machines are readily available and affordable in most countries. So everyone can start.

Open Source

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Shredder

The Shredder cuts plastic items into small flakes ready to be turned into new things by the other machines.

The shredded plastic can be of multiple sizes and colours to increase its value.

Technical data
Type
Single axe
Cost (NL)
1.100 €
Weight
150 KG
Dimensions
600x300x1200 MM
Power (W)
2.2 KW
Voltage (V)
400 V
Amperage (AMP)
16 A

Extrusion

Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic flakes are inserted into the hopper and extruded into a line of plastic.

These lines can be used to make new raw material, granulated plastic, spun around a mould, or used in your own creative ways.

Technical data
Type
Single screw
Cost (NL)
1.200 €
Weight
90 KG
Dimensions
1000x500x1100 MM
Power (W)
4 KW
Voltage (V)
400 V
Amperage (AMP)
16 A

Injection

Plastic flakes are heated and injected into a mould. It’s a relatively quick process well suited for creating productions of small objects.

You can make the moulds using CNC mills or lathes, or by simply welding them.

Technical data
Type
Hand powered
Cost (NL)
250 €
Weight
30 KG
Dimensions
830x1000x1830 MM
Power (W)
800 W
Voltage (V)
230 V
Amperage (AMP)
3.5 A

Compression

Plastic is heated inside the oven and slowly pressed into a mould with a carjack. Well suited for making larger objects, this machine is great for prototyping but not good for production.

*The development of this machine is discontinued.

Technical data
Type
Car jack
Cost (NL)
200 €
Weight
40 KG
Dimensions
600x400x1600 MM
Power (W)
2.8 KW
Voltage (V)
230 V
Amperage (AMP)
12 A

get your own machines

Precious Plastic designs the machines in The Netherlands. People build them (independently) around the world.

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People all over the world are creating recycling projects using Precious Plastic machines. Join them!

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