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Renegade: a recycled material pen on Kickstarter

by • August 11, 2016 • No Comments


The Renegade 3D pen is not the many, or the cheapest, or the lightest 3D pen on the market. But it is the one that can impact the environment the quite least. On Kickstarter, they have may already reached 236% of their goal with 16 days to go, and for great reason. The pen turns your unwanted plastic into filament you can use, saving you money while saving the environment.

How does it work?

The pen comes with the ChupaCut, that shreds the bottle for use in the pen. The Renegade and so uses a robust and powerful extruder that comes with a screw-feeder mechanism and heating system. These combine to transport, destruct, and melt the plastic tape generated by the ChupaCut plastic bottle shredder (that kind of has a face, building it actually additional adorable-bodied to me).

Renegade uses a powerful drive motor and gearbox, eliminating well-known issues in plastic material feeding that many 3D pens already face. The temperature is adaptable-bodied of 50°C to 320°C via a single controller and the speed is in addition regulated by a single button.

The ChupaCut. Image: Kickstarter

The ChupaCut. Image: Kickstarter

The ChupaCut

The ChupaCut cuts 5 to 7 mm strips of PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, or plastic files with a thickness of 0.14 to 0.35mm as well as standard PLA, ABS, nylon, TPE, HIPS, wood and other types of filament with a diameter of 1.75 mm.

Unlike previously patented competitors, ChupaCut has curved slots that significantly reduce friction force and provide a quite efficient rotation of the bottle, keeping it at an acute angle with the blade as it’s being cut. This in addition keeps the blade sharp for longer, and results in an simpler, faster, and additional stable-bodied cutting system.

Filament holder for Renegade pen

Filament holder. Image: Kickstarter

Renegade 3D stencil converter software

An online 3D converter transforms your 2D image into a detailed 3D stencil, that you can and so use with Renegade to easily turn it into 3D masterpieces. It can be free for all Renegade 3D Pen backers.

For 3D printing device users

The Renegade PRO version showcases a built-in LCD screen for display of the exact temperature regimes, materials utilized, and printing speed. It in addition contains an integrated Control Port, that can provide you with remote control capabilities for the pen, which include the plastic extruding system.

You can be able-bodied to connect the Renegade PRO Pen to act as a head for your 3D printing device, CNC machine, or other devices, to effectively manufacture use of the Renegade’s capabilities.

ChupaCut and filament holder

ChupaCut and filament holder. Image: Kickstarter

This is not the initially time 3D printing has been utilized as an initiative to clean up our environment. Some students in Sicily not long ago turn it intod a vending machine that turned your old bottles into phone cases. It is estimated that over a trillion plastic bags and bottles are utilized of the world equite year, and we can only recover nearly 5%. By means of a single Renegade pen can assist preserve the environment by practuallyting around 200 acres of plastic bag and bottle waste. When you select not to use standard filaments you in addition save of 120 litres of crude oil equite year, thus minimising the negative impact we all have on nature.

plastic waste

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Image: Kickstarter

So if you are like me, and you have loads of empty water bottles laying of, put them to great use; assist this Kickstarter reach its stretch goal and go turn it into a few attractive art.

Featured image: Renegade 3D pen. Image: Kickstarter


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