BERLIN -- Riding the crest of the 3D-printing wave like a perfectly poised plastic surfer, 3Doodler stormed Kickstarter earlier this year with a massive $2.3 million campaign. That was more than enough (its initial goal was just $30,000) to start production of this quirky 3D-printing pen, which will soon go on sale to the public for $99 a pop.
It's a simple idea: feed a stick of plastic into the pen and an extruder at the nib melts it, so you can make a brightly coloured model of whatever you can think of.
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If 3D printers seem too expensive, or too technically complex, WobbleWorks' 3Doodler 3D printing pen looks like a budget- and user-friendly alternative. It also looks like a ton of fun.
The idea behind the 3Doodler is that it takes the core functionality of a 3D printer, essentially an extruder and a heat source, and jams it into a pen-shaped handheld device. Loaded with either ABS or PLA plastic, common feedstock for traditional 3D printers, the 3Doodler "prints" plastic objects by letting you draw them in freehand in three-dimensional space.
The brainchild of WobbleWorks, a robotic toy company formed … Read more