TOMSK, Jul 22 – RIA Tomsk. Bachelor of Tomsk State University (TSU) Gokma Sahat Tua suggests residents of Tomsk to process plastic waste into ink for 3D-printing. The student from Indonesia developed the project within the framework of training program of TSU and Maastricht University (Netherlands). Details – in the material of RIA Tomsk.
Earlier it was reported that there is an international program of a bachelor degree Tomsk International Science Program (TISP) in natural-science and physical and mathematical fields of knowledge on English in Tomsk, which is developed together with Maastricht University (Netherlands).
As the university notes, training under the program is “problem-practice-oriented”, that is includes students in solutions of real tasks. One of these was taken by the Indonesian student Gokma Sahat Tua.
"Join the light side"
"There is the dark side in each city. Go to sleeping areas far from the center, and you will see the dumps overflowed with plastic and other waste garbage containers. But the whole world goes towards processing of waste in recent years. Somewhere it is already almost natural process, and a lot more work somewhere is necessary", – Gokma tells.
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Its project (to which Gokma connected the classmates) direct to induce residents of Tomsk to sort garbage to give plasticity new life. The second task is to give to students of Tomsk the chance to use 3D-printing for training to design skill.
"We developed the project of extruder for processing of plastic waste into ink for 3D-printing. The machine is assembled in parts which can be ordered on the Internet. The total cost will not exceed 10 thousand rubles. That is this very cheap equipment which the group of students is able to afford", – the interlocutor of the agency says.
He explains: plastic serves as raw materials for extruder. And even that which is not accepted for standard processing.
"If you don’t go into specifications, then the extruder transforms polyethylene and other types of plastic into raw materials for 3D-printing. You load the received thread into the printer and can print anything – watches, chairs, any design things and models. These are great opportunities for student's projects", – Gokma considers.
According to him, in terms of ecology plasticity is "dangerous, toxic, useless material with a specific smell". But is is a supermaterial for design which can be applied everywhere and allows to save money.
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Containers for separate collecting garbage in TSU
Now the team of the project designed the website where everyone will be able to learn about waste recycling, its rules and opportunities of "the second life of plastic". The mobile application will become addition to the website.
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"We need to build communication with residents of Tomsk, to tell that it is possible not to buy new things, and to make them of plastic, for example, to make design watches for house. It is available to everyone in that place where our equipment will be installed", – the student shares plans.
Participants of the project should solve a lot more organizational problems, but Gokma is sure that residents of Tomsk have to show interest in this work. According to the student, now there is very keen interest in separate collecting garbage and processing of waste in Tomsk, including because of unsuccessful start of "garbage reform".