Dr. Robert Hoyt (left, holding a roll of the 3D printer filament) talks with Dr. Rachel Muhlbauer in an area of the lab where they have been photographing component parts of TUI’s Positrusion Recycler for the International Space Station. The recycler turns plastic waste into 3D printer filament that can be used to create needed replacement parts for repairs conducted in space.

Dr. Robert Hoyt (left, holding a roll of the 3D printer filament) talks with Dr. Rachel Muhlbauer in an area of the lab where they have been photographing component parts of TUI’s Positrusion Recycler for the International Space Station. The recycler turns plastic waste into 3D printer filament that can be used to create needed replacement parts for repairs conducted in space.

‘Sporks in space’: Bothell firm brings recycling to final frontier

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TUI’s Positrusion Recycler for the International Space Station turns plastic waste (left) into 3D printer filament (right) which can be used to create replacement parts needed for repairs conducted in space. (Dan Bates/The Herald)

TUI’s Positrusion Recycler for the International Space Station turns plastic waste (left) into 3D printer filament (right) which can be used to create replacement parts needed for repairs conducted in space. (Dan Bates/The Herald)

A standardized housing that fits NASA space station equipment holders will encase Tethers Unlimited’s Positrusion Recycler, created for the International Space Station. (Dan Bates/The Herald)

A standardized housing that fits NASA space station equipment holders will encase Tethers Unlimited’s Positrusion Recycler, created for the International Space Station. (Dan Bates/The Herald)