Everyone of us always thought of that magic pen with which whatever we draw actually materializes from the paper! Boston based startup WoobleWorks LLC. has given a new face to this childish dream- 3Doodler, a 3D printing pen. With 3D images and videos sweeping people off their feet across the world, here’s a pen that will help you draw images in the mid air or draw them on a paper and then lift it up from the paper. Amazingly designed and technically superb, this pen oozes out plastic which immediately solidifies by a tiny fan attached to the nib of the pen. That’s why, CNBC was found quoting ” But one tech startup is hoping to put the fun back into stereolithography”.
Quickly funded, its packing and shipping time at 3Doodler
3Doodler was a kickstarter project. In a matter of just 34 days, they were backed enough to reach $2.3 million funding. At present, 3Doodler team is busy packing the 3D printing pens for their backers which will be shipped to all by October of this year. Not just backers, they have already started working on the 26,000 pre-sales they made. Hence, right now at 3Doodler its a busy time packing and shipping to their backers first, then to those who have placed their orders. After that they will move onto general sales. If you have not yet ordered one for yourself, then you can take your chance in early 2014.
The Vision and Concept
You love 3D printing. Whether you are an artist, or not an artist, doesn’t matter- this pen is for you because you love 3D printing. However, we wondered why a “pen”? why not something else? When our tech journalist spoke to the 3Doodler team, they explained to us the entire vision and concept behind this extraordinary and cool project:
“3Doodler came about as we frequently use our own 3D printers for rapid prototyping, and we wanted to see if the process could be sped up and made “freer” by placing the parts of the 3D printer in a pen form. The first iteration was called the “teacup”; and essentially it was an extruder with a handle that worked horribly, but it did work. We then added to this, creating a unique cooling mechanism and evolving to the 3Doodler you see today.
If we look at pens in the broadest sense possible that cover everything from biros, to markers, to pens that emit erasing material. In short, it’s an easy to hold implement used to apply an ink or material to a surface, for practical or creative purposes. 3Doodler is a pen that allows you to build objects off the paper or into the air.
The universal accessibility of the form a pen resonated for us. We’re so used to the form of the pen that we instinctively know how to use and manipulate it, at the same time the pen is the pen because a slim handheld implement that rests in the hand is perfectly suited to our physiology. You could say we have married the time tested form of expression that comes with a pen and the modern tech of 3D printing. Nothing else made anywhere near as much sense.”
Science & Technology in the pen
There are two types of plastic sticks that have been put to use, to be purchased separately. One is the ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) that is perfect for drawing upwards, creating bendable images or drawing on paper which can be peeled off later. The other is PLA (polylactic acid) which is good to make acute angles or painting on glass or any metallic surface. This pen is available for a minimal price of just $99. All you need to do is hop into their website and “pre-order now!”
At this price, another exciting feature that is worth mentioning is that you can attach this doodler to a CNC machine and control its speed buttons remotely due to the inclusion of the mounting dock. Also, the other thing that catches eyes is the silicon tip cover which protects fingers from the heated metal extruder. So, along with the fun part, 3Doodler team has taken care of all safety measures so that the fun doesn’t get spoiled.
3Doodler and few Etsy Sellers collaborates
3Doodler team is also happy to collaborate with some of the Etsy sellers (all wired artists) to show how wonderful it is to paint objects in mid air or peel of arts from paper with the doodler. Its awesome to see names like Bud Bullivant (wiredbybud), Ruth Jensen (Sparkflight), Nakisha and Ele McKay on this list!
Both Bud and Ruth will make a limited edition of this 3Doodles run on their Etsy stores . Here’s a glimpse of the wired arts by Ruth and Bud.
Nakisha will make exclusive templates for all those who order 3Doodler. These templates will showcase the capabilities of this pen giving you the scope to make your own fascinating 3D designs. A special collaboration with Etsy seller Ele will be announced soon!
When we talked about few essential strategies while raising this campaign on Kickstarter, 3Doodler team briefed to us- “We had an overall idea of what we wanted to achieve, but with such a small team we were running low on mental bandwidth and man-hours, so we worked with a PR agency in a really targeted way. They helped us fine-tune the message, come up with ideas (like grabbing media attention by 3Doodling journalists’ portraits or logos), and they helped us work out our key targets and get the 3Doodler story out there. But we’re also lucky enough to have enough people behind the project to create buzz and excitement. Reaching out to people early is always a great way of getting people on side ahead of launch!”
First of its kind- 3Doodler will reach stores soon!
3Doodler happens to be the world’s first 3D pen, and it got a lot more exciting when its price was not heart breaking at all. The surge of happiness among people to draw 3D objects quickly and easily was noticed when this project got overfunded in their kickstarter campaign. Now that shipping has begun, its almost like a new revolution is going to begin. No more lingering on 3D glasses or just drawing with fingers in mid air and saying “if only…”
Till you receive your 3Doodler pen, you can check out the videos embedded here.