Award win for UBQ Materials

Climate tech developer UBQ Materials has won an innovation award for the first ever waste-based 3D filament.

­The company won the Speculative Design category at the 24th annual SXSW Innovation Awards held at the Austin Convention Center. UBQ Materials was one of 15 winners on the day.

The filament, made with UBQ, the company’s climate-positive thermoplastic, which it developed in partnership with Plastics App, enables 3D printing with a reduced carbon footprint.

Jack (Tato) Bigio, Co-CEO and Co-founder of UBQ Materials said 3D printing enables manufacturers across industries the option to design complex products with near immediate customisations.

“With this innovation, 3D printing may become the most environmentally conscious means of production available. We are thrilled that the SXSW Innovation Awards judging panel recognised this significant achievement and are incredibly proud to have been named the winner in this category,” he said.

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UBQ Materials converts unsorted landfill-destined waste, including all organics, into a fully recyclable thermoplastic that substitutes oil-based resins for manufacturing.

3D printing has typically relied on oil-based thermoplastics. UBQ-based 3D filaments will allow manufacturers to take advantage of the flexibility and cost-efficiency of 3D printing, while maintaining a low-carbon footprint for eco-conscious production.