Creating tools and experimenting with processes to upcycle various plastics.

Dreamspace Collective: Jerushan Sritharan, Jathujan Mahendran, Sajeev Punithakaran, Gabishka Mohanalingam, Kiritharan Mahendran.

Trash For Trade: Abitharani Jeyachandran, Jayanthan Amalanathan.

With help & inspiration from fellow Dinasaurs Andy Quitmeyer, Michael Ang, and William Kennedy at Dinacon 2022

See also: Bendy the plastic heat bender, built by Brian Huang





How-to: Build a hydraulic press


This press was built specifically for pressing heated acrylic scrap together for acrylic upcycling. The design was based around the materials at hand; it’s a modification of pre-existing designs like this one by petercd and this from Precious Plastics.

Safety precautions: This build involves creating a strong frame that can withstand up to 16,000 pounds of force, which can be very dangerous if improperly built. Welding and working with metal also requires appropriate safety knowledge and gear.