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This 3Doodle pen is a 3D printer

This 3Doodle pen is a 3D printer

The 3Doodle pen is a 3D printer, developed by US start-up WobbleWorks, works much like a handheld 3D printer. It contains a mains-powered heater that melts the plastic beads used in such printers.

You can draw normally using the colourful plastic as your ink – but with a fantastic twist. Lift the nib in the air and a length of plastic exudes from the nib and solidifies, allowing you to create 3D objects by building up multiple wispy strands of plastic.

The pen’s key component is a tiny fan that cools the plastic as it leaves the nib. “This makes it solidify very quickly,” says company spokesman Daniel Cowen. Intricate “drawings” of a peacock and the Eiffel Tower in the launch video show how well it works

The firm launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund $30,000 towards its development programme this week. If it raises enough money, the 3Doodle should be ready for sale later this year. A battery-powered version should follow, says Cowen. “It’s power usage means that a lot of work is needed for a wireless version – but that is in the works.”

Still, you need to be careful: although using it is child’s play, the pen is a craft tool rather than a toy. Its nib melts plastic at a toasty 270 °C – as hot as a soldering iron.

In the future, WobbleWorks might also make a version for creating food, letting people make lattice-structured sweets and candies. “We could in theory use the pen to melt sticks of sugar, But we don’t want to get into food safety issues just yet. We will be running some tests soon  and we’d have to lower the temperature in the pen.

For more information visit the website of 3Doodle.

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