Boston Toy Makers Pitch 3D Printing Pen

It’s become clear in the last few years that 3D technologies have changed the way we approach design and manufacturing.

But while some are calling 3D printing the personal computer for a new generation, the rest of us may still be scratching our noggins, trying to figure out how tiny plastic knickknacks pumped out by Makerbots will help us get to Mars, solve global hunger, or reverse the NDIY (never-do-it-yourself) thinking of Millennials.

But perhaps we’re over thinking it – or just thinking about it in the wrong way.

Recently, Wobble Works, the creator of 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to ramp up development and production.

Within only a couple of hours the two Boston-based toy makers had met their goal, and are now quickly approaching a million dollars in crowd-sourced investment, 30 times their initial target.

So what is the 3Doodler? Well, it’s basically just your standard, everyday ballpoint pen, except, not at all. The pen extrudes melted plastic (ABS or PLA), which instantly cools into a solid form.

For the first time ever, you can draw an object into existence by simply moving the pen through the air. Again, it might be difficult to see beyond the plastic toys pictured on the Kickstarter site, but keep in mind what further iterations could make this the next cool workplace tool.

The ability to physically sketch out an idea in 3D will change the way artists render rough ideas, providing a much more tangible experience. The same can be said for architects, and undoubtedly any field looking for an organic creative process in which to build and change an object in real-time.

I can’t help but think of Lego wireframing. But in any case, this project has garnered much attention, and we’ll be sure to see its impact in the very near future.

Photo: Wobble Works

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