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This 3D Printer Comes in the Size of a Pen

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Drawing in only two dimensions must have seemed old fashioned to the inventors of this gadget and to be fair what’s cooler than being able to grab a pen and create an object from your imagination instantly, that people can than pick up and look at.

Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue are the inventors of a pen that can do just that. The 3Doodler. This pen makes it possible to create shapes and objects in plastic just as you could with a 3D printer but without the difficult programming or CAD models.

The “ink” in this pen is a plastic that is also used in 3D printing. The plastic is heated up inside the pen to a temperature of 270 °C at which it melts. As the plastic is extruded at the tip, it cools again and returns to its hard plastic form. This makes it possible to draw something on a flat surface that you can than pick up or assemble into even bigger, three-dimensional objects, but also just to hand-draw shapes in the air.

At Wobbleworks, the company that makes the pen, they are still testing and optimizing the first protoypes. However in the future, they have said, they might also make a version for creating food drawings. You could create all kinds of wonderful things out of molten sugar or chocolate which would in addition taste very nice too.

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Source: Wired

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