The 3Doodler is the first 3D printing pen which lets you design complex creations or just doodles. The $99 pen works by taking a single colored piece of plastic and feeding it through the pen at the top. Then you touch a piece of paper or circle the air, and the now-melted plastic comes out at the tip solidifying to create a 3D model. And you thought your mindless doodling was worthless.
Max Bogue, co-founder and CEO of Wobbleworks, makers of the pen, gave us a demo of the device’s capabilities at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The experience is much like using a hot glue gun. And hot it is! The plastic is melted to up to 220 degrees inside the device, but comes out cooler due to the built-in fans. Still, Bogue reminds us “this is not for use by kids unless they’re supervised.”
The 3Doodler began as a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $30,000 in funding. It wound up raising in total over $2.3 million. And no, they didn’t print that money.
Bogue showed off some of the designs you can make from the available templates, like the Eiffel Tower as well as some free-style ones. It’s all up to your imagination; the company asks on its site,
“What will you create?”
You’ll be able to get more templates and buy the plastic needed for the pen in different colors from the company’s site. The first round of product will be shipping soon to early Kickstarter backers, and for the rest of you who can’t wait to doodle and print – expect to get your hands on one early next year.