The Filabot is a small desktop extruder that takes plastics (in cut up pieces) and heats and fuses them together in an extrusion for use in DIY 3D printers such as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. Tyler McNany, a mechanical engineering student at the Vermont Technical College has come up with the idea of the Filabot. To finance his idea, he started a Kickstarter campaign to make the Filabot a reality. Within a short amount of time Filabot achieved their target funding goal of $10,000 USD.
This is still a work in progress but considering the amount of attention and financial back-up this project is getting, it will probably soon be launched as a fully functioning product. If you are interested in following the Filabot project or if you want to make a contribution, go to his page on kickstarter.com