Millions of plastic bottles are thrown away each every day. Ok some may be recycled but the vast majority end up in landfill, rivers and seas.
Now I’m not saying this next item will end the scourge of plastic being thrown away but it certainly helps reuse some old plastic bottles.
The Renegade is the worlds first 3D pen that uses old plastic bottles, files and old plastic bags as filaments. Unlike other 3D pens that take proprietary and expensive filaments, Renegade simply uses readily available waste plastic items instead.
Simply plug it in and away you go. With a combination of heat and a powerful screw feed extrusion system the Renegade 3D pen takes a strip of old plastic bottle, melts it and slowly feeds the warm plastic to the tip of the pen. Making it quick simple and easy to use no matter what you want to create.
Cutting the bottle into strips is easy too. Alongside the Renegade 3D pen is a fantastic device called Chupacut that almost automatically cuts plastic bottles down to the right size strips.
So what can you make with the Renegade 3D pen
I suppose the obvious answer is you can create anything you can dream up. The inventors of the pen aim it squarely at creative applications, such as sculptures, wall art, plant pots and I’ve seen mobile phone cases. Look a little further and you’ll find people using 3D pens to make sub frames for quadcopters, entire table lamps, fashion accessories, even shoes. So I suppose the uses are almost limitless if you have a creative mind. One things for sure it looks fun to use, plus it’s cheap to run too.
Does doesn’t melting plastic stink?
One of the first things I thought about when I saw this item was how smelly it must be. In my many experiments in the 70’s and 80’s I spent many a happy hour as a youth melting plastic and I remember it flippin stinks. Forget smelly melting plastic, The Renegade pen doesn’t smell. The inventor has done hundreds of trials and confirms you won’t get any bad fumes in the home using it. Apparently the bad plastic burning smell is more to do with the type of plastic used, old plastic bottles and files are odourless when melted.
Smashed the original target.
The Renegade pen is another one of those successful British Kickstarter projects. Launched by a London guy with extensive experience in the field of 3D printing, the project has currently exceeded it’s original £25,000 Kickstarter target by well over £14,000. With over 400 backers this is sure to be available for all to buy very soon.
3D printing is still very much in it’s infancy, but is here to stay that’s for sure. Soon we will be able to simply click print and your home based 3D printer will make any plastic item or spare part you need. It’s sure to be another technological revolution.
Who knows we could all be drawing our own 3D sculptures, wall art and objet d’art very soon. I just wish someone would invent a product that would turn plastic bags and bottles into something truly useful. Or simply vaporise them into raw materials again, now that would help save the planet.
Maybe we should once again take a look back at the past. Return to paper bags, canvas shopping bags and who knows glass bottles with a 5p deposit! Maybe that is the answer to saving the planet. Hmm, paper bags and 5p for taking a pop bottle back, that brings back memories. Anyone for 5 sweets off the penny tray!