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Published on July 16th, 2016 | by Geetika Bhasin

3D Printing Uses Plastic Items to Create Freehand Sculptures

3D printing technology can use plastic for remodeling to make freehand sculptures. A new company is using 3D printing pen called Renegade to transform plastic filaments into a gel that harden when they come in contact with air, to create these sculptures. The company plans to take this technology a step further and make use of old bottles, folders, and other plastic equipment for its experiment. As of now, it is seeking investors on Kickstarter.

3Doodeler is a 3D pen that commences this technology. A plastic rod is inserted into the pen and a heating element is fit inside the pen to soften the plastic. A motor pushes out the gel to create 3D shapes. This whole mechanism gets pretty expensive with a pack of 3Doodler with 25 filaments is priced at $9.99.

The use of Renegade can tackle the problem of filament availability and cost. The makers of this pen have developed a device named ChupaCut that can turn old plastic bottles and folders into thin plastic strips that can be devoured by the pen. The pen takes in 5-7 mm strips from plastic bottles and sheets that are 0.14 to 0.35 mm thick.

The only disadvantage of this project is that the use of old plastics offers limited color usage to the user. But, here also, Renegade can accept standard color filaments like all other 3D pens to add the color punch to the design.

An early bird offer of the Renegade and ChupaCut combo offer is priced at $99. The two are also available separately. The price of the 3Doodler is fixed and there will be no compromise in quality and production due to the crowdfunding campaign.

If all goes as per the plans, the Renegade is expected to be shipped in 2017.


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