February 25, 2013
Much—far too much—has been made on the future of 3D printing, with a lot of the commentary pointing to the technology’s mass-democratizing potential. (To say nothing of its “emancipatory” promise to fundamentally alter our lives and work—a notion that, I’m sure we all can agree, is a big joke.) For the time being at least, 3D printers are expensive objects that require a specialized education to use them. This education may become more widespread down the line, but right now, it’s highly concentrated in universities and “forward-thinking” private kindergartens and elementary schools that cost the same as universities. What if there were an alternative, less exclusive vehicle for delivering 3D printing to the public?
Enter the 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen. When in use, the pen spews hot strands of ABS plastic “ink” that immediately harden and stiffen and which can be arrayed to form upright micro-structures. Developed by WobbleWorks, purveyors of toy and robotic products, the 3Doodler makes it possible for you take your drawing off the page and into reality. And it couldn’t be easier to use—after all, what’s more intuitive than drawing? Continue.