It does so by heating and cooling plastic as it passes through the body of the pen - the same basic approach as used when you print in 3D. It's a simple but revolutionary idea that offers designers and artists a universe of exciting possibilities.
Recently launching on funding platform Kickstarter - and almost immediately achieving its funding goal - the 3Doodler has been created by the co-founders of toy and robotics company WobbleWorks, who have over 20 years' collective experience developing gadgets.
Cheap and compact
The pen, which uses patent-pending technologies, is a brand new way of creating 3D objects and promises to be the most affordable 3D printing device on the market. Priced from $50 for early backers on Kickstarter, the 3Doodler has been designed to be compact and easy to use: you just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes.
"We wanted to design a 3D printing device that could be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers," says Peter Dilworth, co-founder and CEO of WobbleWorks. First shipments of the pen are expected in September, with an Etsy Special for early backers.
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