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YUYO, a 3D-printed Surfboards from recycled plastic trash


Industry: Commercial Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) Material: Ultrafuse rPET filament Machine: Printer made by a French company Tobeca

YUYO, a 3D-printed Surfboards from recycled plastic trash

Ride the waves sustainably: 3D-printed surfboards crafted from recycled plastic trash, surfing towards a greener future.



Yuyo, a young French Startup, is dedicated to crafting 3D-printed surfboards from recycled plastic trash, embodying a commitment to ocean preservation with every innovation. Since its inception, the company has strived to deliver eco-conscious solutions without compromising the high performance expected by surfers worldwide. Through embracing 3D printing technology, Yuyo not only offers customizable, locally made boards but also significantly reduces waste compared to conventional manufacturing methods. Innovating further, the company has introduced a groundbreaking line of eco-designed surfboards, ingeniously crafted from natural and recycled materials. At the heart of these boards lies an intricately 3D-printed internal structure, composed of advanced Ultrafuse rPET filament—a sustainable PET variant derived from recycled medical packaging. Manufactured on an expansive industrial 3D printer, this filament, developed by BASF under its new Forward AM brand, forms the core of the board, complemented by a protective layer of biocomposite, resulting in a truly eco-friendly surfboard. Notably, the choice of materials not only underscores sustainability but also boasts robust mechanical properties, making it versatile for various applications, as highlighted by Nathan Wood, Application Technology Specialist at BASF 3D Printing Solutions. The sustainability ethos of these surfboards extends beyond the recycled materials used; the very method of production, through 3D printing, significantly reduces environmental impact compared to traditional manufacturing. Unlike subtractive techniques, where the material is cut away from a larger block, 3D printing builds objects layer by layer, minimizing material waste to almost nil. Each board measures 2.40 meters in height and 65 centimeters in width, with an average printing time ranging from 30 to 40 hours. Post-printing, the boards undergo lamination with natural fiber and bio-sourced resin, completing their journey toward ecological excellence.



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