Promise of Quality
Level 7 does not take shortcuts — our material choice clearly reflects this. We recycle and repurpose local plastic waste into durable and strong HDPE products. Additionally, much of our work incorporates hybrid materials to maximize performance. This ranges from utilizing premium Canadian maple for aesthetics and texture, to integrating aerospace aluminum 7075 for additional structure and conductive cooling. In short, Level 7’s materials repel the concept of mediocrity.
Recycled plastic durability
The aforementioned flexibility and strength of plastic inevitably leads to great durability, but what does this mean practically? It means you can expect to purchase any given Level 7 product ONCE.
Nearly every new product we buy is consumable; laptops, phones, clothes, even mattresses, must be replaced all too frequently. As a company focused on reducing plastic waste, Level 7 strongly believes in making products that last the test of time.
We are so confident in our materials that we promise: if any of the plastic in your product breaks, you can send it back to us and we will melt and reform it — free of charge.
Recycled plastic strength
When most people think of plastics, thin film materials (grocery bags, packaging, etc.) tend to surface first. This can give the impression that plastics are flimsy, easy to puncture, and cheaply made.
Level 7 products are made of thick sheets manufactured in house. Our plastics are like metamorphic rocks; discrete particulate is fused together under tremendous temperature and pressure to create a uniform block with excellent properties.
When compared to wood, or plastic is tougher, harder, has a higher yield and ultimate strength, resists more torsion, has greater durability, and chemical resistivity.
In short, our plastic is a godsend material.
Recycled plastic flexibility
All recyclable plastics feature a low semi-fluid transition temperature allowing them to behave in a manner that can easily contort to void space. This property allows for plastic to be injection molded or 3D contoured in additive manufacturing processes. This provides a multitude of benefits compared to traditional (subtractive) machining, namely:
Plastic can be molded to the EXACT shape of the output product, without needing to machine away material and create waste. Think about LEGOs; if every piece of LEGO needed to be cut and shaped from a piece of stock plastic (similar to how wood products are manufactured today), every brick would likely create more waste plastic than is contained.
Complicated geometry can be more easily sculped, meaning plastics can be especially well engineered for their application. Needles, for example, have a rather difficult topology, but because of plastics agility, they can still be manufactured to scale.
Recycled plastic resistance
Difficult to maintain items can be annoying to say the least. Suppose you are sporting a pair of your favorite suede pants when all of a sudden — your friend spills his chocolate pudding all over them. That’s a problem. A problem that will be very difficult to clean.
Plastic is one of the easiest materials to maintain. Because it is non-porous, liquids (including water, sweat, coffee, and more) does not affect the structure of the material, and can easily be cleaned and wiped away. The smooth finish on the surface of the plastics is a product of very precise machining, with no oils or waxes applied. This means there is no need to worry about colours dulling over time. Lastly, plastic will not degrade over your lifetime. This means UV light, oxygen, and other reactive elements will not harm your product.