Sustainability Spotlight: Binary SLC

Binary SLC

Binary SLC is a multi-material additive fabrication studio that produces sustainable products for the home and office. It was established in 2017 by Matt Sutton, who has over 10 years of experience in technology R&D, product development, and manufacturing process development in ISO-certified companies in both China and the US. He’s proficient in robotic additive fabrication techniques and large-area additive manufacturing in multiple materials. Learn more about Binary SLC and the services offered by checking out its website and see the beautiful and sustainable products on their Instagram. Also take a look at this awesome beast he uses to print architecture-scale objects!


How we’re working together

We met Matt back in 2019 after he reached out to us to discuss potentially using our post-consumer plastic for his projects. While he mostly used post-industrial flake, he was interested in trying out our post-consumer U-HIPS flake. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to get some useful feedback for our flake product and contribute to Binary SLC’s efforts to incorporate post-consumer waste into their products!


So how did it go?

Well, let’s let the results speak for themselves! The photos below are all courtesy of Matt Sutton from Binary SLC.



As amazing as these photos look, there were a couple of hiccups, as noted by Binary. There were some mixed results from the direct flake printing related to the flow of the material in which about 1% of the time the material would fail to feed the screw. Matt did his own jerry-rigging to help relieve the “hang-ups” that ended up having other unideal consequences.


However, Matt noted that when he pelletized the flake, he had great results with printing our material, so that’s great to hear!


Overall, this was a really encouraging experiment for both us and Binary! All of this feedback has been extremely helpful in helping us better understand how our material can work with existing process workflows and what properties of the material we may want to focus on for improved functionality, so that anyone can have a positive experience using Closed Loop Plastics’s U-HIPS material!


What’s Next?

If there’s anything we can take away from this experience, it’s that CLP U-HIPS flake and filament can be an exceptional feedstock for both small projects and larger-scale projects like what Binary SLC is doing.

This was our first time having someone use CLP U-HIPS flake, but it’s overall success means that this is just another way we can help serve you and your project needs! We aim to be your go-to material, whether you’re aiming to be more sustainable or just want to use plastic with an awesome color and inspiring backstory. So the next time you’re planning out or embarking on a new and exciting project, no matter how big or how small, think about adding a Party Pink twist!


If you’re interested in working with us or discussing U-HIPS flake purchasing opportunities, contact us through our contact form or email us at info@closedloopplastics.com.

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