Using the bottle cutter

A project log for PullStruder: from plastic bottle to PET filament

Ever wanted to use plastic bottle for 3d printing ? Here is how to !

JP GleyzesJP Gleyzes 05/01/2022 at 19:150 Comments

Using the bottle cutter

Using the cutter is quite easy. 

Put it into a vice with the "finger" in the back. Then insert the left side of the bottle into the finger and under the right roller bearings. You can start pulling, while keeping the bottle vertical and gently pressed into the notch.

After a few centimeters, the ribbon will become nice and consistent (no dent and good height). You can sharpen the tip, this will be used for starting the pullStruding !

Take your time, pull evenly, and go to the top of the bottle, while a finger in the bottle neck helps a lot to keep the bottle in place.

Now  cut the end, and starting from this side, roll the ribbon in a nice flat disc shape and insert the tip (previously sharpened) into the spool holder (The top of the bottle is in the center of  disc).

If properly done the ribbon will be very consistant and with a width of 8.5mm

You are ready to make the filament !