3Doodler: 3d Printing at $75

Posted by By Patty at 2 March, at 20 : 48 PM Print

With the many 3d applications made available, ranging from tools to medicine, users have successfully printed things we could never expect to come out from a printer like heart valves and assault rifles. Larger 3d printers have been created to accommodate printing of larger items, and many are contemplating about printing an actual house.

However, as it takes a few thousands of dollars to own one, different versions of smaller printers have been manufactured to allow more people and more homes to have access to 3d printing, and at a more affordable price tag.

Looks like it’s gotten really small lately, you may even slip one in your pocket.

Introducing the 3Doodler pen!

3d Printing for the Masses

It’s the world’s first 3d printing pen. Requiring no software or technical knowledge, it’s pretty much a plug-and-play device. The pen weighs less than 200 grams. At 180mm by 24mm, it’s a lot bulkier than your regular pen.

Let’s see how it works:

As the name implies, the pen is designed for doodling in 3D. Using ABS plastic, same material used by most 3D printers, the pen takes a thread of plastic in one end, melts it, and squirts a stream of plastic out the other end – more like how a hot glue gun works. It has two buttons on the side which allows the user to control the speed of extrusion. So instead of drawing on paper, you can actually draw in thin air and shape any object exactly as you envisioned it. You can use the 3Doodler to trace out shapes from a flat surface and then lift it. You can then have a real-life version of your sketch you can actually hold.

The 3Doodler has got a universal power supply that works on 110v or 240v. Just plug it in, load it up and start drawing. It only takes 1 to 2 minutes to warm up the device.

Take Your Creativity to the Next Level

Much like the millions of possibilities that come with the 3d Printer, the 3Doodler allows you to trace different dimensions of a structure, lift the drawing and stick them together to create your actual 3-dimension structure.

Anyone with a creative will be drooling over this cool pen. Just imagine how simply and quick you can create decorative art pieces, pendants, or add customization to your iPhone case or laptop. Since it works like a plastic weld, the 3Doodler can also come in really handy in performing minor repair works on any surface, especially plastic.

Check out the many cool stuff you can do with the 3Doodler:

Its co-founders Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue put up 3Doodler in Kickstarter to raise funds for the project on February 19. In less than 24-hours the campaign has gone viral with 5,800 backers pledging over $518,000, way beyond their initial $30,000 goal. It gained a backing of over $2million in less than 2 weeks and still with 22 days of fundraising to go.

It’s set to release on September 2013. But with 22,524 backers (and growing), it’s already almost sold out of every pledge opportunity available to get your hands on the first pens off the production line. The 3Doodler can be yours for only $75, adding $10 for shipping outside US. An extra $24 will get you 10 bags of the mixed color plastic, each of a different color, instead of just 2 bags from the basic pledge amount.

Very affordable, yes, but don’t ever think about giving this out to your kids – not when at they’re least 12 years old. It may be incredibly easy to use, but its tip can heat up to 270 degrees Celsius in order to melt the plastic, so it’s not a toy.

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