Press Release: Santa Barbara Startup Turns Trash Into Treasure

Santa Barbara, CA- What if you could take your plastic water bottle and turn it into a 3D printed object? With ALT’s new green additive manufacturing technology, now you can.

Jennifer Barton, owner at ALT holding a green recycled symbol 3D printed at ALT.

Jennifer Barton, owner at ALT holding a green recycled symbol 3D printed at ALT.


ALT has recently developed green process technology that can turn recycled plastics, such as those found in plastic water bottles, packaging, and other waste, into new 3D printed objects. 

Our oceans and waterways are inundated with tons of plastic. According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.  To combat this problem, effort needs to go into both greener plastic materials and manufacturing processes that can utilize this waste for good use.  ALT’s technology offers an opportunity for responsible stewardship in Santa Barbara by grinding and reusing this plastic waste. ALT hopes that providing these tools will inspire people in the central coast community to engineer creative products responsibly and sustainably using this platform.

3D printed plastic in house using recycled plastic feedstock.

3D printed plastic in house using recycled plastic feedstock.

ALT’s process is compatible with a variety of plastics that can be colored or made into composites to suit a wide range of applications from cell phone cases to drones. The technology will enable reusing of the material multiple times. The company hopes that this technology will help support the community by enabling local manufacturing, using locally sourced materials, which significantly reduces cost as well as fuel for transportation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Please help maintain our beautiful city for years to come and see how you can do your part to make a difference in Santa Barbara.

About: ALT LLC develops next-generation additive manufacturing technology in Santa Barbara, CA. They are committed to engineering with lower environmental impact. ALT has used their technology for a number of good causes including fabricating surgery training models, sensors, and prototypes for local businesses in the area. The company offers 3D Printing services through its web portal at

Dr. Jonathon Barton, the company’s CEO received his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Material Science Department in 2004 and has extensive experience in additive manufacturing, as well as micro and nanofabrication. He has been involved with a number of startups in the area.


Contact Information:
Dr.  Jonathon Barton
2062 Alameda Padre Serra #101
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: (800)-273-5517

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