The most affordable 3D “printer”


Ever wanted to make one of your doodles come to life, just rip it right from the page? That childhood fantasy is shortly going to become a reality. The 3Doodler is up for funding on Kickstarter; it’s a 3D “printing” pen that utilizes the same base ABS plastic used in 3D printers to physically create your doodles, designs, and scribbles. Their video of this actually happening with a prototype is pretty darn cool! Oh, and “up for funding” is a bit of an understatement – the campaign was fully funded just hours after launch.  For $75, you could own your own 3Doodler this fall when the final production models are made.  As of now, there are about 1800 additional spots available at that funding level, and of course, as with all things Kickstarter, there are additional levels with additional perks and involvement.  Funding for the 3Doodler will continue through March 25th. Happy doodling!

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6 comments… add one
  • Morgan Bornstein February 20, 2013, 8:26 am

    Well, the initial run sold out since writing this. They have added a second production run that will be available about a month later (Nov 2013). This is on top of additional pens that were made available to the first run that were quickly scooped up. Not sure if they will continue to add pens to the reward levels or if it’ll be capped, so if you’re interested in a pen, act quickly!

    • Julie February 20, 2013, 9:28 am

      You beat me to posting about this… The project owner emailed me last week about it and I thought it looked really cool. Not sure what the heck I’d make with one, but I want one!

  • OKE February 20, 2013, 11:43 am

    Guessing this project hit a sweet spot with folks? Or, maybe having one of the project creators who worked with the MIT Media Lab in the past helps in the promotion? Well, this is what it looked like just after midnight (EST) today:

    And it’s close to doubling the funding just 12 hours later! Wild.

    • Julie February 20, 2013, 12:43 pm

      I’m just curious what people would make with this “printer”.

  • Ryan Chapman February 20, 2013, 1:16 pm

    I would probably draw stick figures, cats, smiley faces (and then dots and a curved line because I would forget that they need to be connected to work!) and maybe some fake glasses. Random, doodle type stuff. 😉

  • Janet Cloninger February 20, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Assuming it’s safe to use, having your child make a drawing as a gift for a grandparent would be a great use for this – writing his name when he first learns to write, for example.

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