By Maria Dermentzi for Mashable
Plastic Whale is a professional plastic fishing company that offers boat trips during which tourists — while sightseeing — will pick up plastic from Amsterdam’s canals. The plastic bottles that are being collected get turned into office furniture, in collaboration with Vepa.
The new Renegade 3D pen was born with the aim of being the perfect solid tool to eliminate overpriced 3D printing filaments and to save the environment by directly recycling and reusing household plastic waste for 3D printing.
The sustainable technology specializes in one thing, and one thing only — it prints models by recycling plastic bottles, files, and bags. It does this providing a great 3D printing experience with no compromises.
The pen uses a robust and powerful extruder that includes a screw-feeder mechanism and heating system. These combine to transport, destruct, and melt the plastic tape produced by the ‘chupacut’ plastic bottle shredder or even standard filaments.
The rotating screw forces the heated plastic to move forward evenly and extrudes it from the nozzle. The molten plastic then cools down rapidly into a solid and stable spatial structure. The tool uses a powerful drive motor and gearbox, eliminating well-known issues in plastic material feeding that most 3D pens currently face.
The temperature is adjustable from 50°C to 320°C using a single controller and the speed is also controlled by a single button.
The sustainable instrument can use 5 to 7 mm strips cut from PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, or plastic files with a thickness of 0.14 to 0.35mm. It can also use standard PLA, ABS, nylon, TPE, HIPS, wood and other types of filament with a diameter of 1.75 mm. It is available in two finish options: matte black and matte white plus features a removable attachment with a colourful spool for plastic tapes.
Chupacut is a manual plastic bottle shredder which produces the perfect plastic strips to use with the 3d printing pen. Its spherical shape allows it to create 3, 6, 9, or 12mm plastic strips without ever having to change the setup.
It has curved slots that significantly reduce friction force and provide a very efficient rotation of the bottle, keeping it at an acute angle with the blade as it’s being cut. This also prolongs the lifespan of the blade, and results in a faster, more stable cutting process.
The design ensures that the blade is completely enclosed within the instrument. After installation, the blade can only be removed by using another similar-sized blade for safety purposes. Chupacut’s telescopic holder keeps large bottles stable – in any position. A stable bottle means a more reliable cutting process that yields the smoothest plastic strips.
Renegade is reaching out for funding via its Kickstarter campaign.
Plastic five pound notes are about to be unveiled by the Bank of England which will be impossible to tear, can go through the wash and even survive having a glass of wine poured on them.
The polymer £5 note repels dirt and moisture and is designed to last for about five years, compared with between 18 months and two years for the cotton paper version which should save the Bank of England about £100-milliom over 10 years.
The design is being unveiled later this week while the notes themselves will not be released until September when about 44m of the notes will come into circulation, followed by plastic versions of other notes.
The new fiver, which will be 15% smaller than the current note, will feature Winston Churchill who replaces the 19th Century prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.
A plastic £10 note featuring author Jane Austen will be released next summer and a £20 note with a picture of the artist JMW Turner will be launched by 2020.
Victoria Cleland, 46, the Bank’s chief cashier, told the Sunday Times, the new notes were getting a good reaction from members of the public who had seen them.
She says: “They often says, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’ You don’t often get ‘cool’ and ‘the Bank of England’ in the same sentence. They are more modern and I think they’re beautiful.”
But despite their resilience, the Bank is not encouraging anybody to give the new notes a spin.
Cleland says: “Yes, you can put them through washing machines but we’re not encouraging people to do that. We didn’t design them to go into washing machines: it is a fortunate by-product that they are more resilient [when washed].
“But clearly if you keep doing it at high temperatures you are going to destroy the poor note.”
Governor Mark Carney, revealed plans for polymer notes 11 weeks after joining the Bank of England in 2013.
He was head of the Bank of Canada when it introduced them in 2011 but the launch was overshadowed by rumours that the notes were scented after Canadians became convinced they could smell maple syrup on the money.
The Bank of England, which dealt with 240 000 counterfeit notes last year, hopes the new notes will be much more difficult for fraudsters to copy successfully.
By Nicola Bartlett for www.mirror.co.uk
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