PP Myth Busting

we’re getting quite exhausted and overwhelmed with the people calling us for machines and answering their questions, putting us in a very uncomfortable position, on a daily base; that are quite some hours per week. so we don’t know other than building a FAQ but that would also involve to correct all the misleading downplays and just plain incorrect statements / half truths by PP Eindhoven on the social net and on youtube.

I actually don’t even know where to start but I think its best to address first what is always being asked :

– Filament : no
– PET : rather not, it’s @#$@#% machine killer just
– saving the world, yeah, sure.  … lol, just for fun
– shampoo bottles : hard job
– effort, energy, time involved:  much higher than illustrated
– easy: no, not all
– invest: high
– running fees: high
– maintenance plan : expensive, complicated

Honestly, I don’t know what to tell them other than the truth, as always; this isn’t pp.com baby, it’s about saving others people efforts, invests in pretty harsh situations; they deserve some truth and honesty. Those people are mostly on islands and and/or have indeed serious trouble with plastic, simple and plain desperate. Apparently they look at PP as a way out and we’re in the middle and have to take the bitter pill (FOR F**** HOURS) to tell them that are rather toys or lets say hobbyist achievements.

I am aware we don’t get any support, help or even the slightest decency to address those problems, despite we are supporting the PP project with thousands of Euros in the 5 digit range since long; worst even, we get kicked out because the ‘silent’ ‘majority’ doesn’t have the balls to step forward and help just, instead they ask for our ban in the forum again. sad sad sad …

However, would be great to figure out a general guidance/FAQ we can place in front and so we can focus on the real problem of PP : better machines.

If there is any other myth buster, FAQ’able thing to add, let me know please. I am aware this isn’t a subject for the more experienced ones who can deal with flaws, nor folks who play with the material around, etc…


before we get banned again, please pm us before at least tell us what YOUR problem is, and better even, contact Anne; she’s the one who’s getting her tong tired and ears wet; a suffering I also never really recovered from.

– ‘tackle the plastic pollution’ : no, there are however good efforts since decades to keep at least a few beaches clean and thanks to added awareness coming from PP and other projects, it’s increasing but likely too late. Please let’s not forget that this activity needs a lot of time and resources … see also recent mentioned papers on recycling & waste management
– ‘onearmy’ : with the chosen design & tooling & promotion efforts, etc… in place it’s unlikely to fulfil it’s promises in the next years. I am saying this after a careful review of stuff and code as well a few attempts to contribute. Unfortunately the worst sit back is that a traditional app – ECO system has been also denied; enabling skilled engineers to add their magic, in their language,… I am trying to fix this adding this on my own… There are plenty of apps needed: PP search, PP space, PP academy, PP connect, PP explorer, PP coin, PP Workshop and PP Studio (pro version to document research, tutorials, lab work and possibly product documentation); just a few coming to mind.
– make money: also after careful observations, this may apply only to the more skilled and resourceful; My estimate is 1-5 in 1000 can evtl. can make this as full employment. Machine builders may have a little more luck and even though, I consider this a little kamikaze as well, depends on your quality and yield expectations I guess 😉

feel free to correct. i am finishing the dossier (a little more fancy)

Definitely. In one of his YouTube videos, Dave actually said pretty much the same thing. He said he doesn’t want people to have to rely on this one source for their plastic recycling workspaces.  It’s the reason that they don’t sell the parts for the machines themselves in the Bazar.  Dave had offered to provide a subdomain for the wiki before because of the support for this kind of initiative from the community.
Any of you who are involved in the preservation and collaboration of information regarding this plastic recycling should definitely share anything you come up with in the forums. We would all be happy to see your work come to fruition.
Maybe one day I can quit being useless and actually help 😑

You know, in my short time digging through these forums, I found that there used to be a wiki for all of this, only the person hosting it couldn’t afford to maintain the servers and it all kind of fell through when others tried to offer domains/temporary hosting (or maybe I’m remembering it a little off).

Your site could be the answer to compiling community information that can be easily referenced and discussed for the sake of improvement.  Maybe One Army will be the platform we need.  Only time will tell.

@s2019, by the end of the month precious-plastic.org is ready for user submissions, partners and contributors, multi-lingual and all the neat stuff you’d expect; see picture below. a neat interface to make really sweat interfaces with drag and drop widget palette. there are also templates for ‘machine’, ‘component’, and now ‘FAQ’ and soon ‘knowledge base article’. the content will be translated automatically by a service (real people) as soon it’s marked for ‘ready’. the FAQ section seems to be more crucial and should be illustrative as possible, people seem really that lazy to read. looking at your ‘desktop injection’ work, i think we need another ‘item’ : tutorial or ‘project’ (solved by PP Eindhoven in v4). for now you can signup and toy around if you like (have to approve you manually, we are flooded by spam bots). we will add the more basic FAQ skeleton this week.

@donald I’m not sure I would depend on complexity providing the safety filter in the machine builds. The compression oven and injection machines are within the DIY capability even without broad technical expertise. Judging by the number of “melting plastic in your kitchen toaster” videos, the safety risk is out there.

@pporg thanks for taking this on. If you are planning on hosting this on your site, that would be great. I truly appreciate Dave Hakkens providing this forum and the current moderators flushing out the spam, but as a data repository, it is fairly transient. I’ve seen posts where the forum is to be ended and replaced with some other platform, though the V4 folder does not have much information on the data architecture of this new platform. My expectation is that if the V4 team gets immersed in Project Kamp, it is such a large endeavor that it will be all consuming for the foreseeable future. So managing this information on a site that is unaffected is a great offer.
Let me know if I can help with some of the content.
Thanks again

hey, thanks guys ! that helps. I think I will start the route for newbies here :

1. What precious plastic is and can : a graduation project of DH, ….hobbyist achievements stuff, etc…
1.2. getting started / general info: machines,  workspace, safety , metrics (consumption,…)
1.3 … event more details, ie: success stories, revenue,…
1.4 educational stuff

2. What precious plastic is or can NOT : a replacement or alternative for public recycling
2.1 details / info about steps to recycle at scale

or something like that

, lets put heads together soon, I have sorted out a neat FAQ component for pp.org, for now at least; i am also playing with the idea to have an image map or interactive walk-through for all machines / workspace, in a way the user can see outcomes, KPIs, problems, etc…

, sold! will take it on

thanks mates,


The “I’m new, I want to get started saving the world” checklist
Model business plan…i.e. Reality check
The “What can go wrong” list
V3 machine capabilities
Case study examples of actual workspaces (if possible include one with positive cash flow – unsubsidized)

Great topic

editorial notes:

  • cleanup
  • add v4 conclusions
  • add peer projects