3Doodler: The world’s first 3D Printing Pen
Post By Saksham Garg on 30-October-2015
We live in the world where movies are now 4 or even more dimensional. We have TVs which give us a ‘3D’ experience or 3D printers that produce solid, 3 dimensional objects. Only a few things remain which are still done in two dimensions like writing or drawing. But not for long. With the introduction of the 3Doodler pen, one can now ‘write’ or ‘draw’ in three dimensions! Let’s take a look into its specifications!
The 3Doodler Pen
The earlier version of the pen was 180 mm in length and 24 mm in diameter, weighing approximately 200 grams (the weight of a typical apple (the fruit, not the phone)). Although the new variant up to 75% smaller in size, weighing a mere 50 grams. The pen uses a universal power supply. Thus with the correct adapter it works efficiently on 110 or 240V.
How it works
As you press the button and feed in the plastic strand, the pen extrudes heated plastic through its tip (which rises to a temperature of about 270C), which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. Thus, as you keep on drawing the structure keeps taking shape. You can draw or ‘Doodle’ on any surface, may it be plastic or metal, iPhone cases or Samsung cases, picture frames, decorative items or simply in plain air!
What keeps the Pen going?
The pen uses 3mm ABS or PLA plastic as its "ink" - just like a 3D printer. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene or ABS is one of the most common plastics around. It's used in most of the plastic stuff around you. It has qualities like high heat resistance, is flame retardant, high flow, high gloss and many more which makes it an ideal ink for the pen.
Another type of ink used is PLA or Polylactic acid, which is actually a "bioplastic". It's made from corn, is biodegradable and has a lower melting temperature than ABS. 3Doodler can even be used for minor repair work.
What use is it to me?
The 3Doodler pen has wide applications. It can be used to
- Create basic 3D shapes and 3D models,
- Make jewellery
- Make pendants and hanging ornaments
- Create decorative art and fridge magnets
- Personalize everyday objects