Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Look At The 3Doodler Printing Pen.

One of the new products on display at the recent CHA Mega show that caught my eye was the 3Doodler.
3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
The 3Doodler is a 3D printer in a pen that can be used on a surface or building up free hand to create some fun pieces.  The 3Doodler started off as a Kickstarter Project and is created by Wobble Works LLC.  Wobble Works is a toy and robotics company that creates some pretty imaginative products, judging from the 3Doodler.  Now with Darice distributing the 3Doodler, it should be easier to purchase one.

Of course you will not get the same type of results with the 3Doodler that you would with a traditional 3D printer like in the picture below. As you can see a  regular 3D Printer takes up a lot of physical space,  plus you have to be able to work well with the software.
Airwolf 3D Printer
That is not an issue with the 3Doodler. While you won't get the same results, you will be able to use your own creativity to create some pretty fun stuff.   The 3Doodler looks like a regular pen

 and seems to work more like a traditional glue gun.

It is pretty easy to use.  You plug the 3Doodler in and wait for it to heat up.  Don't forget to push the button to indicate what type of plastic you are going to use to get the correct temperature.  Then wait for the appropriate light to come on.  Once the indicator light is lit, you feed the plastic into the hole on the back of the 3Doodler (just like you would on a glue gun).
Two different types of plastic rods.
Then you can begin to draw all types of fun shapes and make some cool projects like the sailboat below.

You can see in this picture that the artist has created this really cool 3D Ferris wheel with the various plastic sticks.

The 3Doodler is not being advertised as a child's toy.  Like a glue gun, the tip of the 3Doodler can get very hot so it is recommended for use with adult supervision and by adults.  It is also perfect for use in Maker Spaces.  Since the 3Doodler uses 3mm ABS or PLA plastics, a foot of this plastic does seem to go a long way.  The designers are so committed to providing the end user with a quality product that they held off releasing this product for a year in order to find the best components and factory to produce the 3Doodler.  This is a fabulous new product that is geared to give the end user a quality product to create some and unique art pieces and allow their creativity to jump from a drawing into a 3D piece.

1 comment:

  1. This post is amazing. I can't wait to share on my 3D Printing Website. Very cool, I didn't know you could do all that with the 3Doodler! and @EZA3DPrinter