3D Printing

Doodle3D creates 3D-printed objects from your drawings

Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then turns them into 3D-printed objects
Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then turns them into 3D-printed objects
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Companje initially developed the Doodle3D software for himself, but found it to be a great tool for introducing people to 3D printing and decided to turn it into a full-fledged product
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Companje initially developed the Doodle3D software for himself, but found it to be a great tool for introducing people to 3D printing and decided to turn it into a full-fledged product
Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process simple enough for young children
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Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process simple enough for young children
Users first make simple line drawings in the main pane of the drawing program, which will form the basis for the design
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Users first make simple line drawings in the main pane of the drawing program, which will form the basis for the design
Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it
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Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it
Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
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Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
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Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
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Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers
To make the process even more accessible, Companje has devised the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box, which plugs into most 3D printers and connects to a wireless network
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To make the process even more accessible, Companje has devised the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box, which plugs into most 3D printers and connects to a wireless network
Rick Companje, a co-founder of Fablab Amersfoort in the Netherlands, invented Doodle3D when he found himself with access to several 3D printers and no knowledge of how to create something using 3D design software
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Rick Companje, a co-founder of Fablab Amersfoort in the Netherlands, invented Doodle3D when he found himself with access to several 3D printers and no knowledge of how to create something using 3D design software
Rick Companje, a co-founder of Fablab Amersfoort in the Netherlands, invented Doodle3D when he found himself with access to several 3D printers and no knowledge of how to create something using 3D design software
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Rick Companje, a co-founder of Fablab Amersfoort in the Netherlands, invented Doodle3D when he found himself with access to several 3D printers and no knowledge of how to create something using 3D design software
Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then turns them into 3D-printed objects
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Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then turns them into 3D-printed objects
After drawing the initial sketch, users can either keep the image flat or use the sculpting pane at the side make it taller and alter the shape however they want using just the cursor or their finger
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After drawing the initial sketch, users can either keep the image flat or use the sculpting pane at the side make it taller and alter the shape however they want using just the cursor or their finger
After drawing the initial sketch, users can either keep the image flat or use the sculpting pane at the side make it taller and alter the shape however they want using just the cursor or their finger
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After drawing the initial sketch, users can either keep the image flat or use the sculpting pane at the side make it taller and alter the shape however they want using just the cursor or their finger
Right now, anybody who backs the Kickstarter with US$99 can be among the first to receive the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box when it ships in September of 2013
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Right now, anybody who backs the Kickstarter with US$99 can be among the first to receive the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box when it ships in September of 2013
Right now, anybody who backs the Kickstarter with US$99 can be among the first to receive the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box when it ships in September of 2013
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Right now, anybody who backs the Kickstarter with US$99 can be among the first to receive the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box when it ships in September of 2013
Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and then automatically turn them into 3D-printed objects
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Doodle3D lets users draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and then automatically turn them into 3D-printed objects
Users first make simple line drawings in the main pane of the drawing program, which will form the basis for the design
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Users first make simple line drawings in the main pane of the drawing program, which will form the basis for the design
Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it
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Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it

3D printers have been a hit with consumers for several years now, but designing anything for them still requires some basic knowledge of 3D modeling software. Otherwise, you're stuck just building whatever designs you can find online. With Doodle3D, you can draw simple 2D sketches on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and then send them to a 3D printer to turn them into physical objects.

Rick Companje, a co-founder of Fablab Amersfoort in the Netherlands, invented Doodle3D when he found himself with access to several 3D printers and no knowledge of how to create something using 3D design software. He initially developed the Doodle3D software for himself, but found it to be a great tool for introducing people to 3D printing and decided to turn it into a full-fledged product.

We've seen some examples of sketches turned into 3D objects in the past with devices like the 3Doodler and the DIWire, but Doodle3D makes the process simple enough for young children to use.

Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it
Doodle3D makes the 3D printing process so simple that even a child could use it

Users first make line drawings in the main pane of the drawing program, which will form the basis for the design. From there, they can either keep the image flat or use the sculpting pane at the side make it taller and alter the shape however they want using just the cursor or their finger. Then it's just a matter of hitting the "print" button and watching the design come to life, layer by layer on a connected 3D printer.

To make the process even more accessible, Companje has devised the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box, which plugs into most 3D printers and connects to a wireless network. Anyone connecting to that network, whether they're on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, will then be able to access the Doodle3D software with no installation required. The software runs natively from the box itself and even has some storage space to save and load designs.

To make the process even more accessible, Companje has devised the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box, which plugs into most 3D printers and connects to a wireless network
To make the process even more accessible, Companje has devised the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box, which plugs into most 3D printers and connects to a wireless network

Companje and his collaborators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finalize the Doodle3D program so it can work with multiple types of platforms and 3D printers. Eventually, they hope to move into a production and distribute the software and Wi-Fi Box worldwide. Right now, anybody who backs the Kickstarter with US$99 can be among the first to receive the Doodle3D Wi-Fi Box when it ships in September of 2013.

Check out the video below to see Companje demonstrate how Doodle3D creates physical objects from even the most basic of drawings.

Sources: Doodle3D, Kickstarter

4 comments
Norman Bouchal
3d printing needs a "Killer App" like a cheap algae supplied powder that when introduced to water can be made to "Print" any food desired. Or custom clothing that costs pennies to print. Just saying...
Andy Bate
3D printing has a bunch of "Killer Apps" Norman. Check this article of a bunch of free easy to use apps from Autodesk. http://www.3dprinterprices.net/3d-printer-software-for-beginners/ There all pretty basic to use, but can create some cool stuff.
ralph.dratman
Programs like this are going to be huge. Kids will be turning in homework done with their 3D printer. Everyone will be carrying around some little 3D-printed item. They will be used to make jewelry, hair clips, cell phone cases, shirt buttons, cufflinks, etc., etc., etc. The computer revolution never seems to end. It just spreads out to include more and more of our lives.
Dave B13
Umm I can see a huge number of Keith Haring paintings as sculptures in Walmart now, And then there are all those maze puzzles. And then kiddie coloring book outlines. Where will all the plastic come from?