Just when everyone was getting used to the idea of being able to reproduce their own gadgets and gizmos at home by means of standard 3D printer’s, another cool contender has found its way on to the consumer market – in the form of ultra-cool 3D printing pens. As with the regular 3D printers, there are now a few different types of 3D printing pens that can be easily purchased as well.
What do 3D Printing Pens do?
These devices work very much the same way as regular 3D printers in that they can be used to replicate existing objects or even create new ones based on CAD designs. A plastic filament substance is inserted into the pen, which is bulkier than a regular pen. The filament is currently available in as many as 80 different color options, enabling you to get even more creative with your designs – in fact, these devices literally allow you to ‘draw in mid-air.’ Instead of having to be satisfied with seeing your creations on paper, creating them with a 3D printing pen will allow you to actually see your creations ‘come to life’ in front of your eyes.
Available Types of 3D Pens
Over the past few years, various brands and types of these pens have been manufactured and are available for purchase. Some of the most popular brands currently include Polyes, LIX, AtmosFlare, and 7TECH, Soyan, CreoPop and Scribbler. There is even a dedicated 3D printing pen that has been specifically designed to help get kids involved in the world of 3D printing and design, namely the 3Doodler Start (soon to be launched). One of its predecessors, the 3Doodler 1.0 was one of the first devices of this kind to be launched by means of a Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 already. Since then, these devices have gone from strength to strength with regards to their capabilities and ratings.
Some Wireless Models Available
The 3Doodler Start is able to be operated wirelessly, making it a great option for little hands to manage. There are a few other wireless models available as well, and these will require some degree of charging before being used. However, once charged up, they will be ready to create virtually anything you can think of, regardless of whether you would like it to be a traditional 2D design or something a little more complex in 3D format. In most cases, there is also no need to be overly concerned about the plastic that is used to put together your creations – it is usually crafted from food grade material and/or other eco-friendly substances.
One of the main advantages of these pens is that prices can range quite substantially on them, meaning that some of the entry level models are affordable for most people. As this technology continues to advance, there is no telling what new features and options will be added onto these cool and exciting devices in years to come.