The Plan.

The plan for 2022 is to make the best possible open-source scanner!

A scanner that can identify the five most common plastics, being: PET, PE, PVC, PP, and PS.

This will probably not be a full-fledged, ready-to-buy product, at the end of the year. It will be a device intended for makers, researchers, engineers, and other plastic-sorting pioneers to use, study, improve and build upon.

Once we have released a good open-source Plastic Scanner and when we are happy with the quality of the device, we will work on the commercialization of the Plastic Scanner. So we can sell you something we stand behind.

The Time.

Q1

January till March

At the beginning of 2022, we first take a step back. So far it has been mostly me and some friends working on the Plastic Scanner. For 2022 we want to open this up to the world! In order for others to get involved and join the development of the plastic scanner we first need to document the essentials. And make sure we document the process properly.

The goal for the second quarter of 2022 is to make the best possible do-it-yourself Plastic Scanner. This means we will be making a lot of prototypes with various components and sensors to see what works best. We will try to keep cost and replicability in mind, but the quality of scanning is our first priority.

Q2

April to June

Q3

July to September

The learnings from the second quarter then need to be transferred into the best value Plastic Scanner. A Plastic Scanner that can identify in most cases, but one which is still simple to build and cost-effective.

In order for the Plastic Scanner to make a real impact, documentation is crucial. Documentation, documentation, documentation. So the last quarter of 2022 is purely focused on documentation and how-to videos. Just to make sure we can transfer our knowledge to you.

Q4

October to December

Throughout the year we will keep you posted about the progress, this can be through a video, or with a blog post. We hope this makes you excited about the project and creates a platform where together we can fight plastic waste and develop the best possible open-source Plastic Scanner!

The Outcome.

No matter the success rate of the Plastic Scanner itself, in 2022 we will learn a lot. The main goal of this project is to capture this and share it. Whether it is a monthly video about the project, an explanation of the theory, or a prototype that works (or not). As long as we can translate our findings to you, we are happy.

At the end of the year, we will have 12 videos, a lot of documentation, how-to videos, and fingers crossed a plastic scanner!

We are really looking forward to this year full of development. The worldwide chip shortage makes it challenging, but we can do amazing things nonetheless and have a jolly good time doing so!

Get Involved.

The plastic scanner is developed by makers for makers. We are looking for all the do-ers around the world, who are happy to use their skills for solving social problems. In order to make the best possible device, we want people of diverse backgrounds to help us with our challenges.

This year we only want to use the resources that are necessary, for the development of the plastic scanner. We currently have a 16 square meter workshop and we want to make sure that all of the money is spent on the project itself. So if you want to help out, we can cover your expenses, and you will become rich, but in experiences and fun, not in money. We also hope to make you proud by being on the credits page!

For the development in 2022, we are still looking for some specific help

TopicWhen?Description
Machine learning expertsQ2-Q3Part of making the best possible open-source plastic scanner is in the magic of machine learning. We want to prevent putting garbage in, getting garbage out. Although we know a thing or two about machine learning, it would be great to get some help and expertise. The idea is to use Tensor Flow Lite with pre-trained models that can be updated once in a while. We don’t think this is a full-time position, but it does require a certain degree of commitment. Making this possible can make the difference between a Plastic Scanner and a really good Plastic Scanner!
Electronics expertsQ1-Q3The seemingly simple two-layer PCB can be both fun as well as challenging. Making a board that can easily be replicated during a #chipshortage is an amazing challenge. If you have skills in electronics: circuit- and PCB- design and if you want to fight plastic waste with us, drop us an email.
There are a lot of simple improvements possible; component sourcing, PCB routing, etc.
Physics expertsQ1Although the Plastic Scanner applies a new technique we still need to adhere to the laws of physics. Finding a balance between high-quality spectroscopy and accessibility is a fine line, and if you can walk that line, we need you! We want to make a Plastic Scanner that applies discrete infrared spectroscopy as simple and effective as possible. The better this functions the more plastics that can be identified.
Swir camera’sanytime These cameras seem to be sensitive to our range of IR light
Thermal cameraanytime Turns out thermal cameras are not sensitive for our IR range (950-1750nm)
Commercial plastic scannersanytime Would be great to benchmark the plastic scanner to commercial scanners!
Donationsanytime Want to help us with some financial support? amazing! Start here
Plastic samplesanytime I now have my complete basement stuffed with different plastic samples..
Internshipsanytime Want to fight plastic waste AND make cool electronic prototypes? Apply here

If you already offered your help by sending me an email, then we should already be in contact with you, for example: Tom, Maarten, Rik, Peter, Gregor, Hans, and many more. Your help and offers have been amazingπŸ™.

Are you ready to join the Plastic Scanner team? Drop us an email with some information about yourself and which of the previously mentioned topics you want to work on.

The Progress.

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The Updates.

  • 2022 #07 update
    Hi Plastic Scanner friends,This month has been all about holidays! So traveling, exploring, and relaxing. But I did make something small for you:An interview with Dave Hakkens (the guy who started Precious […]
  • 2022 #06 update
    Hi Plastic Scanner friends, This month, our group of students presented the “Plastic Scanner 2.0” – a concept and a prototype for the future, commercial version of the scanner. […]
  • 2022 #05 update
    Hello! It’s time for another Plastic Scanner update, a project where we build a device for identifying the most common types of plastic, making sorting and recycling simpler! In […]
  • 2022 #04 update
    Hi, welcome to a new Plastic Scanner update With the Plastic Scanner project, we are developing a device that can identify the most common types of plastic, making sorting […]
  • 2022 #03 update
    Hello world, This update marks the third update of 2022 which, as scary as it might sound, already completes 25% of 2022! But don’t be scared, because we just […]
  • 2022 #02 update
    Hi everyone, In the last month, we worked on the documentation website, which covers the technical aspects of the project and is now available at docs.plasticscanner.com. The goal is […]
  • 2022 #01 update
    We made a plan for this year!πŸŽ‰ The plan deserved its own place in the menu bar up thereπŸ‘†, and you can find it here! we also made a […]

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