Move over, glue guns, there's a new sheriff in project town — and he's gone futuristic to catch up with the 3D printing generation.
Bondic, a Superglue-like tube of liquid plastic cured with a special UV LED light (kind of like the fillings you may have gotten at the dentist — the creators' original inspiration), has just come out with the BondicEVO, a glue gun-like device meant to take that technology to the next level, making it better suited for larger projects and with an upgraded ergonomic design.
Though they loathe to be compared to glue — literally, their website is NotAGlue.com — when the original Bondic was revealed at the 2014 National Hardware Show, the team took home the Retailers Choice Award for Most Innovative New Product and were featured in nearly every lad mag and on almost every lifehack/maker website out there as modernity's answer to more effectively replacing glues and epoxies.
All that popularity was a mixed bag, however, due to some disastrously tragic timing: one of the Bondic founders, German inventor and dentist Dr. Tom Offermann, passed away suddenly not long after launch, leaving the door wide open for competitors who were all too happy to infringe upon Bondic's copyrights and patents.
Now, nearly four years later, the remaining founders of the family-owned company are back with BondicEVO, which could be considered the hobby maker's answer to the chef's brûlée torch, calls itself the world's first liquid plastic welding tool — "basically a pocket sized, battery operated, almost instant 3D printer." And that's resonating with a lot of people who either loved the original or are looking forward to the new improvements: BondicEVO is already funded five times over on Kickstarter, with under a week left to go.
The Kickstarter video shows just how ingenious a little product this easy-to-use "liquid plastic welder" is in all its use cases: fixing and insulating broken cords, repairing chips on molded plastic gadgets (like the now-ubiquitous Fidget Spinner) and filling in larger gaps or holes. And that's just for the amateur make-it-doer — the larger, more advanced user can use it just like a handheld 3D printer, layering and curing the solvent-free plastic to create new threads for screws and more handy fixer-upper hacks.
A basic Bondic starter kit is $14 CAD (about $11 USD) through the Kickstarter campaign, with additional options at nearly every price point. The original Bondic is available at your local hardware store, Amazon, and through the brand's own website, NotAGlue.com.