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Reusing Tape from Old VHS Cassettes to Make 3D Printing Filament

Reusing Tape from Old VHS Cassettes to Make 3D Printing Filament

Written by David

February 4, 2021


I’ve seen some strange 3D printing materials over the last few years, but this is a new one: the tape from a VHS cassette. So VHS, which stands for Video Home System, is a staple for consumer-grade analog video recording on tape cassettes. The home video industry came around in the 1970s, and people were pretty excited to have videocassette recorders (VCRs) on which to watch movies. VHS beat out Betamax to become the major home video format during the tape media years, but as new formats emerged, like LaserDisc and DVD, VHS tapes became less popular. Now many of us, myself included, have huge piles of old VHS tapes sitting around in our homes collecting dust, because we can watch them on Blu-ray or a streaming service, such as Netflix or Hulu, and probably no longer have a working VCR anyway.


But Russian maker Brother has a better idea.


“Some people still have home video tapes,” Brother, also called Andrew in a Hackaday post , said in a translated YouTube video. “Let’s give tapes a second life!” You can access miles of tape from just a few cassettes, and Brother figured out how to use all […]

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