From PET waste from Rotterdam's waters to a mega 3D printed Eurovision trophy

07 May

A sustainable initiative and collaboration in Rotterdam. A real eye-catcher with a green sustainable footprint: the four meter high, 3D printed Eurovision trophy made of recycled PET material from the waters of Rotterdam. The trophy reflects the character of the city, which has long been driven by the port, innovation and collaboration.

The trophy perfectly matches the Host City pledge for the Eurovision Song Contest #openuptothefuture. When we talk about the Rotterdam of the future, Rotterdam is on its way to a society without waste. As a city, we are aware of the need for circularity. Therefore, our city dressing is 90% circular. With this, we want to show every inhabitant of Rotterdam, visitor and viewer of the Song Contest that we, as Host City, take our responsibility. We want to set an example for the rest of the world.

Testing ground for Rotterdam
Bold port buildings, beautiful views of the water: the Rotterdam Makers District is the place for the innovative manufacturing industry. This is where new technologies are conceived, tested and applied. An area still full of rough edges. Where businesses and education have the space to experiment, discover and work (together) on a clean and sustainable future for port and city.

These new technologies are based on digitization, robotization, additive manufacturing, and on the application of new, sustainable energy and materials. This makes the Makers District a living lab and showcase of the new economy. Visible to all.

Circular production of PET material
Young entrepreneur Wesley dos Santos is the founder of the circular water recreation company iKapitein. With his eco-sloop you sail through the inner city of Rotterdam and see the diversity the city has to offer: from historic Delfshaven to the legendary skyline. While sailing, the electric eco-sloop makes sure that litter is taken out of the water. The built-in waste collection system fishes the plastic out of the water while sailing. Want to do something more active on the water? Then take the pedal boat and squeeze litter out of the water on the way! Wesley's mission: 'more electric boats with built-in litter traps and sustainable pedal boats on the waters of Rotterdam. Boats and bikes where fun, innovation, awareness and recycling come together'.

The PET waste from the Rotterdam waters is converted into printing material with which Royal 3D creates new products with a 3D printer. For this purpose, not just any 3D printer is used, but a CFAM printer built for Royal 3D by CEAD in Delft. CFAM stands for Continuous Fibre Additive Manufacturing, which means that a (glass) fiber is continuously added to the printing material. This produces a stronger, stiffer and therefore more durable end result. This material is the basis of the Eurovision trophy and completely reusable, even if, for example, a print fails.

Future of the trophy
After the Eurovision Song Contest, the trophy will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to RanMarine, a Rotterdam-based company born out of a desire to improve the well-being of the world's oceans and waterways.

Their water-cleaning WasteShark can play an important role in tackling the scourge of plastic, waste and biomass. They are specifically designed for use in harbors, marinas and inland waterways. RanMarine's focus is on removing plastic and waste from waterways before it enters the ocean. This is important because catching and collecting waste in the ocean is a lot more difficult and costly.