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Venezuelan engineers turn plastic trash into car parts amid crisis

19 July 2018

Two Venezuelan engineers have found an opportunity inside a garbage dump full of broken electronic hardware. They are melting the plastic waste down and feeding it through 3D printers to make intricate pieces such as car parts. These have become increasingly hard to obtain in Venezuela as dysfunctional currency controls restrict the import of basic materials.

Albermar Dominguez and John Naizzir produce only a kilogram of plastic printing filament a day. But they aim to help once-wealthy Venezuela's vanishing manufacturing sector by making it cheaper for companies that depend on expensive imports.