The World’s First 3D Printing Pen Takes Off On Kickstarter

Did you ever read Harold and the Purple Crayon when you were a little kid? (Or when your kids were little?) In it, a curious four-year-old boy uses his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. Now, thanks to the imaginative minds at WobbleWorks, LLC, that artistic dream is about to become reality.

The Boston-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce the world’s first 3D printing pen. That’s right, a device that extrudes plastic filament into thin air, allowing you to literally “draw” things into being. According to the company, this hands-on gadget will make the wonder of 3D printing available to everyone.

3D printing, Kickstarter

Image via WobbleWorks LLC, Kickstarter

Looking like a cross between a hot glue gun and a woodburning pen, the 3Doodler extrudes heated plastic while you draw. The plastic quickly cools and solidifies into a stable structure. The WobbleWorks team is particularly excited about 3Doodler “stencils” – sophisticated print-out stencil kits to help noobs create awesome objects (like the Eiffel Tower in the above picture).

“It’s easy enough to use, but actually drawing a three-dimensional object takes a good deal of trial and error,” reports the Engadget team. “We’re sad to say that we hadn’t quite mastered the thing by the time we had to give it back. There’s also the fact that if you’re not an artist, this thing isn’t going to magically teach you how to draw.”

There must be plenty of people willing to learn, because the 3Doodler has already raised 5 times its goal on Kickstarter. Find out how you can own one, or at least your own piece of 3Doodler art, here.

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Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog