Exploring the Unusual: 3D Printing a Toilet

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Emily The Engineer set herself a challenging 3D printing project andmanufactured a working toilet. Watch this uniquely designed, fully-operational toilet in the linked video. The initial concern was to make this structure watertight, but with careful sealing, it proved successful. The device has even been tested with a working flushing system.

Thankfully, we are spared the details regarding its actual use. As far as we know, she has not yet connected it to her household plumbing system. The toilet is able to fill from a garden hose, automatically shut off, and clear out 3D printer waste, toilet paper, and other objects from its drain, though it’s unlikely that the blueprints will be publicly available due to the number of print hours needed for completion.

Some of the techniques used in this project can be repurposed for projects that involve handling water. However, be aware that not all 3D printed plastics are food-safe due to the difficulty in cleaning the tiny ridges formed by the layered lines. If you plan on actually using this for its intended purpose, prioritize proper cleaning.

The project took an over-engineered turn towards the end with additional features including an add-on bidet, armrests, and even portable wheels being incorporated. Though a tad bit impractical, it makes for an enjoyable project and an intriguing piece of art.

A mobile toilet is a unique idea, right? Um — maybe not. If [Emily] does a second version, we’d suggest making the TP roll holder heated.

Too much plastic waste for me… Why do people print this stuff? Seriously

Waste

They print it because they can and because of the money she will make from the video. There are also a lot worse things people do to the planet.

pla is notably biodegradable. However, this isn’t a preferred characteristic for a toilet as it will be dealing with various types of bacteria.

It might not be as biodegradable as one might assume, which is unfavorable regarding the material’s sustainability. Yet, you’re totally correct, it’s eco-friendly to a extent where bacteria becomes a significant problem

It’s compostable and can decompose under the appropriate circumstances. Nevertheless, these right conditions are not commonly encountered by it. Moreover, that’s only applied to pure PLA. None of the PLA you purchase for 3D printing is pure, hence, the additives also present a problem.

Fukushima has begun releasing radioactive contaminated water into the sea, a process expected to go on for the following 30 years.

Stand out like tuna infused with Japanese TEPCO! 🙂

In the radiant shadows of sushi rolls

But do not fret, even France and America did similarly…

The primary pollutant is tritium. Tritium does not bioaccumulate, possesses a half-life of a mere 12 years, and it eventually dissipates into helium.

A massive 2.1 grams of tritium is anticipated to linger in a million cubic meters of the water being discharged. Though it could technically be filtered, given that it’s already diluted in billions of liters of water, it’s neither economically nor practically reasonable. The optimal solution for its disposal, if the aim is to eradicate it, is simply to release it into the sea.

Honestly this project has turned me off of watching Emily. I’ve blocked her channel.

This seems to be a pointless project that doesn’t serve any beneficial goal. As you’ve underlined, she just ended up producing additional plastic waste.

On a personal note, I found the humor in this video enjoyable. It’s certainly not tailor-made for everyone’s preferences, but I found it entertaining. Not all creations need to have a blatantly useful purpose. Entertainment can sometimes serve as a utility too. Well, that’s just my opinion.

Feel free to complain about it.

Somewhere between most to all DIY projects are a complete waste

Why would someone care if a toilet is food safe?

Toilets need cleaned do they not? The primary concern with food safety is the layer lines trapping waste, which can get trapped in the layer lines of toilets, toothbrush caps, and other similar items. It can also be daunting to remove the trapped dirt.

While initial use of 3D printed items might pose a concern due to chemicals, another concern is their ability to be cleaned and sanitized for their subsequent uses, especially for non-disposable or single-use items.

As for what cleanability is important for a toilet, I think that is fairly obvious.

“Why would someone care if a toilet is food safe?”

By the authority invested in me by the High Council of New Someburywichtonberg, I hereby award you One (1) Internet Merit!

(Suitable for framing or barter for One (1) cup of beverage similar to, but quite unlike tea)

Well people can get desperate during an apocalypse.

For an odd reason, I now have the desire to manufacture a small toilet bowl for my Bambu X1’s rear.

Skibidi

Fabricating your personal toilet might be a great method to acquire a toilet that isn’t subject to the 1.5 gpf* regulations.

*gallons per flush

There exists a peculiar GPF law somewhere globally, suggesting one might need to flush multiple times or perhaps keep a pail. Alternatively, crafting a new tank could be the answer.

A printed toilet as a project? Absolutely, plastic’s affordability makes this feasible. Scale doesn’t matter – large, tiny, enormous. Got the resources? Feel free to print anything, from toilets to airplanes, boats to sidewalks, boxes to statues, and more.

How about people?

A toilet flush handle on the unexpected side, might that be a devious trick? After all, we all flush with our left hands, correct? There’s a historical account of an English queen who sustained grave injuries due to a new porcelain throne splitting. She reverted to the old stone seat preserved in the flooring of a grade 1 castle.

I’d suggest that the primary issue with PLA in this instance is its tendency to become brittle over time, particularly when it comes in contact with moisture. PETG would likely be a superior material for this purpose.

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