3Doodler, the world's first handheld 3D printing device, is being delivered to first customers, promising a revolution in art and design.
The first 30,000 3D pens have been shipped to those who backed the project earlier this year, when 3Doodler took Kickstarter by storm, raising its target value of $30,000 (£18,5) within hours of the campaign’s launch. Eventually, the project earned over $2,3m, becoming one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter’s history.
The 3D pen allows users to create 3D objects of various shapes and sizes similarly to more known 3D printers, but in a more convenient and simper way by virtually drawing in the air.
"3Doodler combines the complexity of 3D printing and the simplicity of drawing to put the power of 3D creation into anyone's hands,” said 3Doodler co-founder Daniel Cowen. “We're thrilled to be on schedule with production and delivering on time to our 3Doodler backers this month, and we can't wait to see what they create.”
The company said it has some of the best-known names in architecture, art and design on its waiting list.
3Doodler uses the same ink as 3D printers, based on ABS and PLA plastic. ABS is very impact resilient and one of the most common plastics around. PLA, on the other hand is biodegradable and has a lower melting temperature than ABS, which makes it suitable for drawing on glass or metal.
The company has optimised the ink recipe to meet the requirements of 3D drawing. Each pen will be delivered to the customer with 50 strands of plastic of various colours. Other than that, the only thing the pen requires to function is continuous power supply.
"3Doodler allows people to push the boundaries of design and be creative, without restrictions such as access to sophisticated software programs,” said Maxwell Bogue, co-founder and the CEO of WobbleWorks, the manufacturer of 3Doodler. “There are serious commercial applications of course, but the 3Doodler is affordable enough to appeal to a wide variety of consumers too," he said, pointing to the gadget’s $99 price tag.
Among the objects the pen has demonstrated to be able to create were scale model bikes, Brazilian parrots and small scale models of world’s most famous architectural sites like the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben or the Brandenburger Gate.