Imagine if you could make three-dimensional drawings by moving a pen through the air. That's the gist of the 3Doodler, a sort of pen-meets-3D-printer device that extrudes fast-drying plastic to create 3D constructs.
The second generation of the 3Doodler, 3Doodler 2.0, launches on Kickstarter today (Jan. 5) for a 20-day campaign with a goal of $30,000. Via Kickstarter, people can preorder a 3Doodler 2.0 for $85.
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Essentially, the 3Doodler is just the extruder part of a 3D printer. In a 3D printer, that extruder is attached to a framework and moved automatically to follow preset patterns. But with 3Doodler, your arm and body are the framework.
The new version is one-quarter the size of the original and weighs only 50 grams. It also features a new airflow system so the extruded plastic cools more quickly as you use it.
The 3Doodler 2.0's Kickstarter campaign featured a special early-bird offer: The first 100 people to order could get a 3Doodler 2.0 for $50, and receive it just a month after the campaign ends. Those are already sold out. The rest of the 3Doodler 2.0s ordered through Kickstarter will be shipped in April.
The 3Doodler 2.0 can create designs in both PLA and ABS, the two most common and easy-to-use 3D printing plastics. With the new JetPack portable power-pack accessory, included in a $150 3Doodler bundle on the Kickstarter page, the 3Doodler 2.0 can last for 3 hours with PLA, and over 2 hours with ABS.
The 3Doodler is debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, so we'll have more impressions once we get a hands-on with the device.
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