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World's First 3D Printing Pen is a Kickstarter Success

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The newest Kickstarter success story.

Though 3D printers aren't an uncommon sight at CES, we saw more 3D printers than ever at CES 2013. What we didn't see, what a 3D pen. A company by the name of WobbleWorks is this week causing a splash with a 3D printing pen that allows users to 'draw' their own 3D printed objects.

   

WobbleWorks' 3D pen is called the 3Doodler and the Kickstarter project to fund its development and production was launched yesterday. The pen uses ABS plastic which is heated up and then cooled. The user can either draw onto a surface, or draw in the air and WobbleWorks plans to make special stencils available through its website (including one for the Eiffel Tower you see above).

WobbleWorks was hoping to raise a paltry $30,000 to bring 3Doodler market. In the single day it has been live, the project has raised over half a million dollars. With 32 days left before the Kickstarter expires, it seems WobbleWorks' 3Doodler is well on its way to commercial availability. Anyone pledging $50 or more will get their very own 3Doodler. Other than that, there's no indication as to what the pen might cost when it launches.

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    greatsaltedone , February 20, 2013 3:34 PM
    It looks like a glorified hot glue gun...
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    ddpruitt , February 20, 2013 2:47 PM
    Cool.
    I might pitch in, I definitely want one of these, so many possibilities...
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    greatsaltedone , February 20, 2013 3:34 PM
    It looks like a glorified hot glue gun...
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    sliem , February 20, 2013 3:53 PM
    How expensive is the "ammo"?
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2013 4:18 PM
    Same price as the ABS that the 3d printers use?
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    jaber2 , February 20, 2013 4:34 PM
    Play-Doh was way ahead of its time with its 3D Play-Doh, imagine the possibilities of making things with Play-Doh, sky's the limit.
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    borisof007 , February 20, 2013 4:41 PM
    Pictionary is about to become way more interesting.
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    warezme , February 20, 2013 5:31 PM
    most people can't draw in 2D, 3D will create a world of 3D blob artists.
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    Kami3k , February 20, 2013 5:32 PM
    Uh, how is this a 3D pen?

    from the looks of it I would still need to actually put together, whatever it is that is coming out of the pen, into an actual object.

    Aren't 3D printers suppose to actually make the item, not the material that will be used?
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    TxTroy , February 20, 2013 6:14 PM
    The items it makes has to be out of a material, pcb, resin soaked powders, heated steel powders in wax forms etc. This uses pcb plastic the same as Maker-Bot and others, heated up and take new form. By hand you'll never be able to get the 1mm level of control like a 3 axis machine will, but this would be great for on the fly fabrication at a meeting etc.

    This is really amazing!
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    drakennz , February 20, 2013 9:41 PM
    Target market should be schools in my opinion, help kids expand their minds in Art classes and think outside the cube.
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    dalauder , February 21, 2013 9:05 AM
    One of these could be really handy for making custom fittings for all kinds of stuff. No, it'll never have the accuracy of a 3D printer. But they'll work great for jerry-rigging things.
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    g00fysmiley , February 21, 2013 11:41 AM
    as an avid 40k player i am really interested in this just even as a way to add custom graphical touches to models. heck if you make have a steady enough hand and are a good enough drawer you could make some basic figures with this .
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    upgrade_1977 , February 21, 2013 10:05 PM
    Make sure to put "Careful hot tip", I could easily see some numbskull burn themselves then try to sue. LOL
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