3Doodler

Plas­tic fan­tas­tic Draw­ing in 3D is pretty hard, but not im­pos­si­ble

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Billed as ‘the world’s first 3D print­ing pen’, the 3Doodler is in­trigu­ing. With the ap­pear­ance of a glue gun and, well, the feel of a glue gun, you may at first be con­vinced into think­ing this is some kind of glue gun. But it isn’t!

The premise of the 3Doodler is ace. Push in a stick of coloured plas­tic (the two types are ABS and PLA – for their dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties, see http://bit.ly/1AguGhz) switch the de­vice to the cor­rect heat set­ting and push one of the two but­tons, which spit out the plas­tic at two dif­fer­ent speeds. Then start draw­ing in 3D. Note that you have to keep it plugged into the mains dur­ing use. The demos on the company’s site are im­pres­sive and we were ea­ger to get draw­ing.

But it takes a load of prac­tice. We strug­gled to con­trol lines and mak­ing solid ob­jects even on your fifth, 10th or 20th at­tempt is dif­fi­cult. Where it is fun is if you draw a tem­plate on pa­per first, then doo­dle over that, peel­ing the dried plas­tic off and as­sem­bling man­u­ally. You can make some re­ally cool ob­jects and sculp­tures with the 3Doodler, but it’ll take a lot of pa­tience, a lot of time and prob­a­bly a lot of plas­tic.

Mak­ing com­plex ob­jects will take time, pa­tience and plas­tic, but it is doable and re­ward­ing.

The 3Doodler raised more than two mil­lion dol­lars on Kick­s­tarter (of a $30,000 goal).

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