We just received our filastruder and are in the process of assembling and testing this filament extruder. The filastruder takes raw ABS, PLA, HDPE, and various other polymer raw materials, and extrudes them into a nice 1.75mm or 3.0mm filament for 3D printers. We hope to include this device, or another open-source variant, in our rapid-prototyping and manufacturing kit. The kit will include a filament extruder, 3D printer, and 3D scanner. Options will include the tools necessary to use recycled raw materials for filament, a compact CNC mill for PCB milling, and an inkjet printer capable of printing circuits onto nearly any substrate using silver nanoparticle ink .

Check out our filastuder build: http://hacklocal.org/wp/?p=62

dijit is working hard to provide consumers with inexpensive DIY plastic manufacturing tools. The end goal is to take raw ABS or PLA pellets and turn them into filament for 3D printing. Add an inexpensive 3D scanner and you will be able to re-create nearly any item in amazing 3D printed awesomeness. Many consumer level 3D printers are going for upwards of $2,000. dijit is working on a 3D rapid-prototyping and manufacturing kit that will come in under $1,000 and including everything you need to turn cheap plastic bits into great things. Check out the sweet flow chart for a visual aid:

flow chart