Set up an Extrusion Workspace
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through all the steps to set up an Extrusion Workspace. Learn about plastic, how to find a space, get the Extrusion machine, find customers and connect to the Precious Plastic Universe.
Step 1-3: Intro
Step 4-9: Learn
Step 10-19: Set up
Step 20-25: Run
Step 26-29: Share —
Step 1 - Role
Now about your Role:
Extrusion workspaces buy recycled shredded plastic from Shredder Workspaces and transform it into recycled beams and bricks.
These colourful objects are then sold to design studios for further design or directly to customers.
Extrusion workspaces should also reach out to Community Point to connect with the local Precious Plastic community and, maybe, get help selling their materials.
Step 2 - Outcomes
The beams can be of various sizes and shapes, and as long as needed. Make sure you don't miss playing around with different gradients and colours to make create a playful variety of outcomes.
Step 3 - Is this for you?
Attention to details is also a nice, and some creativity to come up with new patterns and techniques.
Step 4 - Learn about Precious Plastic
If you haven’t already, dig our website, community platform and Bazar to have a deep understanding of the project.
Also, make sure to check the Universe chapter to fully understand how the Precious Plastic Universe works.
Step 5 - Check out your area
Have a look on the Precious Plastic Map to see the activity around you. You can also search for more people on the Precious Plastic Bazar or search for #preciousplastic on social media.
Make sure not to jam the local network, if there are already many Extrusion Workspaces around, have a chat about collaboration with them first, or maybe consider starting another type of space.
Step 6 - Find a Community Point near you
Step 7 - Find your plastic supply
If you have a local Community Point, they might be able to give you a hand with this as well.
Step 8 - Get on Discord
Introduce yourself, say hi in your country channel and start to discover the different channels where people go deep into specific topics (building, collection, design etc..)
Join the Discord:
Step 9 - Learn the basics of plastic
Step 10 - Fill in the Action Plan
To help you plan we’ve made a graphic tool called the Action Plan that helps you to craft your mission, understand your customers, revenue streams, costs and much more. With this tool, you should get a step closer to create a successful project.
You can find the Action Plan in the Download Kit or learn more in the Academy
Step 11 - Workspace Calculator
It is important at this stage to make a serious estimation of how much it will cost you to set up and run your workspace. Otherwise, you might run out of money halfway. The Workspace Calculator is a spreadsheet that helps you do just that.
You can find the Workspace Calculator in the Download Kit or learn more in the Academy:
Step 12 - Business Plan Template
This template helps you to talk the business language and should help you access the necessary money to begin.
For more explanation check out the video in the Academy:
Step 13 - Tool list
In the Download Kit, you will find a tool list with all the necessary tools to run your workspace.
Step 14 - Find the space
Step 15 - Get your extrusion
1 Build it yourself following our tutorials
2 Buy it on the Bazar.
3 Find a Machine Shop near you on the map that can build it for you.
Step 16 - Build your space
You can watch our video on how to fully set up your Extrusion workspace with all the additional tools, furniture and posters needed to make your space ready.
Step 17 - Safety
Of course, Extrusion machines get hot. And can cause a hazard in different ways.
So before starting to melt, please check out our safety video to learn about dangers and how to stay safe when working with plastic.
Step 18 - Buy shredded plastic
Step 19 - Time to make beams!
Step 20 - Make a variety
Step 21 - Maintenance
Step 22 - Sell your beams
First, you should put them on the Precious Plastic Bazar to access an audience that is already interested in recycled products. Then you have to get creative on how to sell your beams locally. Shops, design studios, online stores and more.
Step 23 - Create your profile
Step 24 - Create How-tos!
Make sure to only create How-tos for your best processes and techniques, not tryouts or one-offs. This can also help you create a name for yourself in the Precious Plastic community.
Step 25 - Stay active on Discord
Step 26 - Good things take time
You’re changing the world.
Step 27 - Download and start!
You're a hero!
In this download package you will find all the files you need to set up your Extrusion Workspace.
Download and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-extrusion 👈
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