Created like no other
Fishy Filaments’ recycled nylon (otherwise known as PA6) is unusual, possibly unique, in the world of 3D printing filaments. We can track the polymers we reclaim all the way from their original sources, mostly in Japan, through the global fishing net supply chain, the commercial fishery and ultimately to our doorstep.
This is possible is because the nylon used by commercial fisheries is made to very high standards in order to meet the demands of an extremely tough industry.
But just to make sure we know exactly what the net material is and where it is coming from we’ve carried out scientific analysis to confirm documentary evidence. We’ve also commissioned independent 3rd party labs to make sure that the material we gather isn’t becoming contaminated or chemically altered through its life.
When they get to us the nets have typically been used by Cornish fishers for 3-6 months, and very rarely any longer as their surfaces become cloudy and they stop catching fish. Net lofts around Cornwall re-string frame lines (the ropes on the top & bottom of each net panel) whenever a panel gets too worn or gets ripped, and we gather both full panels at the end of their useful life and fragments of repaired nets.
So the nylon might be a bit salty and have a few bits of seaweed attached but the underlying high quality polymer is still there and we do our very best to make sure that we don’t destroy its value by over processing, adding pigments or including other chemical modifiers.