Project description:  A 3D Printed trashcan that displays the top 20 countries that contribute to the world’s ocean garbage. The data protrudes inside prohibiting actual usage.

Roles: 3D Renderer, Coder, Maker, Photographer, Ideator, Researcher

Technology: It combines Processing, Data Visualization, 3D Modelling and 3D Printing.



We use paper & plastic everyday. Whether it’s grabbing a cup of coffee, buying the essentials at the supermarket, or ordering take away from your favorite restaurant, paper & plastic use is inevitable. At the end of the day, a large portion of coffee lids, plastic bags, spoons, forks and etcetera end up in the ocean.

Top 20 countries with mismanaged waste (2010)

What can we do at the very least? There is a compelling need to encourage people to properly manage waste. So my partner, Maria Fang, and I decided to 3D print a trashcan that displays data of the top 20 countries with mismanaged waste based on 2010 information. The visualized data protrudes inside prohibiting actual usage.

Initial concepts, sketches, and final concept

With high fidelity 3D printing, there's no material yet that is biodegradable as opposed to commercial printers that use polyactic acid or PLA which is more ecological. During the process of 3D printing, the printer crashed thus we contributed to plastic waste. We ended having two trashcan'ts - the failed 3D print (black) and the successful print (white).

This project was for a class called Sculpting Data into Everyday Objects.