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Would You Buy A Pen That Draws In 3D?

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3D printing hasn’t become widely feasible for business and individuals yet, but it is already being heralded for revolutionizing manufacturing and design. Now, two inventor/entrepreneurs are trying to make the technology more accessible than ever with The 3Doodler, a 3D printer in a handheld pen that makes what you draw.

The 3Doodler is basically a standalone version of a heat source from a 3D printer, crammed into a  really large pen shape. Common printing plastics (ABS or PLA) are heated up to melt, but immediately cooled down by a self-contained fan, so the material hardens moments after coming out of the pen tip. Several reviews compare it to a hot glue gun.

WoobleWorks, the company behind the 3Doodler, is the brainchild of two veteran designers, with backgrounds in robotics, electronics, and toys. In this video, they show how a slow and steady hand can eventual produce sculptures drawn straight up into the air:

Perhaps most impressively, units were sold for as little as $5o on their Kickstarter site, with the final product reportedly costing around $75. Compared to $500 for the cheapest 3D printers, that’s a huge step for the field.

First a store in Midtown Manhattan sells 3D printouts of your head, and now this. Do you think 3D printing is the wave of the future?

[via Mashable]

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