Don’t discard your empty Sprite or Coca-Cola bottle just yet because it could be the material for your next 3D printing project. How so, you ask? Well, all thanks to a new innovative 3D pen, Renegade. Renegade 3D Pen is designed with a screw-feeder mechanism and powerful heating system that enables it melt down the plastic tape as produced by the ChupaCut plastic bottle shredder, so you can dispense with acquiring expensive filaments the next time you pick up your 3D pen to doodle in the air. With Renegade 3D Pen, not only will you save yourself some money, but you’d be doing the environment some good on your end.
Pretty ingenious and a tech our waste-filled world needs badly. Features wise, it does what most 3D pens do, but it is worthy to mention that the temperature is user-adjustable, allowing you to tweak from 50-320 degrees Celsius (122-608 Fahrenheit) with just a single controller. The speed of extrusion is also controllable via a single button. Renegade is designed to accept strips cut from PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, or even plastic files and in sizes ranging from 5-7 mm and thickness of between 0.14-0.35mm. It can also use standard filaments, such as PLA, ABS, nylon, TPE, HIPS, wood et cetera, as long as they are of 1.75mm diameter.
Each Renegade 3D Pen comes with a removable attachment with spool to dispense plastic tapes for feed, and call me shallow, but it does look kind of neat. Renegade 3D Pen is available for pre-order from Kickstarter (it has already met its funding goal, btw) if you are prepared to drop £60-70 (roughly US$80-93), or £75 and up (around US$100+) for one that comes with the ChupaCut plastic bottle shredder. So, if you already have a bottle cutter like the Plastic Bottle Cutter, you can just go with the basic option. Check out the pitch video below to learn more.