3D Printing Pen Turns Sketches Into Reality In Seconds

  • 20 Feb 2013
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The 3Doodler isn’t just a small pen-like device that’s “the most affordable way to 3D print” – it’s also a smash. The pen reached its $30,000 goal in just a few hours, and, at the time of publication, has earned $555,301.

We’ve mentioned before for its exciting potential for architecture in the long-term; however, this little doodler shows how quickly the technology is progressing (and how cheap it’s becoming). Plus, it’s easy to imagine the 3Doodler becoming an integral part of any architect’s life, as the device lets you trace your drawings and then pop them to life. It’s not a 2D plan, it’s not a 3D visualization, but something – awesomely – in between. 

Learn more about this 3-D Printing Kickstarter success, after the break…

So how does 3Doodler work? By liberating the typical 3D Printing process from a stationary printer. According to the Kickstarter website: “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of shapes and items with ease! Most people will instantly be able to trace objects on paper, and after only a few hours of practice you will be able to make far more intricate objects.”

Like this Eiffel Tower. Now, imagine using this guy for your own sketched creations…

Courtesy of 3Doodler Kickstarter Page
Courtesy of 3Doodler Kickstarter Page

You may have to hurry though, since supplies seem limited - The Verge mentions that there seems to be enough stock for around 5,000 Kickstarter backers, but the 3Doodler already has over 6,000. However, the site still has two package pledges open (for $75 or $99 dollars).

Story via The Verge

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "3D Printing Pen Turns Sketches Into Reality In Seconds" 20 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=334458>

5 comments

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    I wonder how Piano’s sketch will look like using this device. Gehry will have a field day!

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    I really like the idea behind this – a few more refinements and I think it has a niche market in the 3D printing world for sure!

    Jon
    founder of CNCKing.com

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