When you give in to the fact that 3D printers cost around $2000 in the real-world, then the 3Doodler 3D printing pen would be a sure success. That is what the folks over at Wobbleworks are thinking as well, with their KickStarter campaign.
Although its a brilliant concept, but it will take some time to become a general purpose device. The 3Doodler works pretty much like a 3D printer, it is fed with a single piece of plastic which is passed through the heated extrusion head. The plastic material comes melted from the hot tip, for the layman it works like a glue gun with the difference that it uses plastic to create 3D art.
There are two speed settings, faster one is better for drawing on paper or through a stencil but you’s should use the slower speed when drawing in the air, as it takes some time for the plastic to solidify. There’s an onboard fan as well which keeps the pen at a decent temperature so that it can be held without the requirement of a glove. The current model needs to be always plugged in, but Wobbleworks says that an unplugged battery operated version is coming as well. The company has already surpassed their KickStarter campaign for $30,000 in funding with a whopping $711,040 already pledged at the time of writing with over 8,000 backers.
Although not meant for the general public, but this is where the future of 3D printing is sure headed. It won’t be long before we’ll be able to create our own furniture and utensils etc wen need be without ever going to a shop.
Here’s a video highlighting the features of the 3Doodler: