pesco — 2014-07-01T13:54:26-04:00 — #1
daemonworks — 2014-07-01T14:01:32-04:00 — #2
That's very similar to a leatherworker's strap cutter. Which could actually be used for the same purpose, though I'm not about to dull my blades on plastic.
bcsizemo — 2014-07-01T14:25:29-04:00 — #3
So other than some plastic strapping what's the point? I realize it's a reuse thing, but plastic like bottles tends to get brittle quickly when left in the sun/outdoors for long periods of time. A picnic table held together would probably last a couple of years in the sun, maybe longer in the shade, but some nails or screws are going to last far longer.
I'm surprised I've never seen a DIY homebrew HDPE extruder. Take a foot or so length of iron pipe, find an auger that will fit inside, cap both ends (one will have a hole for the extrusion the other a bushing for the auger to fit through). Add on a heating element, gear reduced motor, and an Arduino to control it all. And cut the pipe for your feed opening. Technically most plastics would work, but HDPE seems to have a wide soft/liquid temperature window.
madlibrarian — 2014-07-01T18:49:40-04:00 — #4
You could probably make the heating element the pipe itself, with an inductive coil. Make sure you are careful about controlling the melt/burn point, and protecting it from involuntary contact; you don't want to set anything on fire.
booksoup101 — 2014-07-02T08:29:45-04:00 — #5
Well, we've heard from the , well that ain't nothing, crowd now.
pesco — 2014-07-06T13:54:56-04:00 — #6
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