The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen is back and better than before
When WobbleWorks announced its 3Doodler pen a couple of years ago, it caused quite a stir. The device allows users to sketch in three dimensions, using strands of molten plastic that harden on contact with the air. Now, the company has announced an updated version. The 3Doodler 2.0 is said to be slimmer, lighter, quieter and easier to use.
Gizmag got its hands on the original 3Doodler around this time last year. Accomplished users have created all sorts of things, from remote-control planes to dresses, but we couldn't create anything beyond rudimentary shapes. Although it was great fun to use, it was clear that a fair bit of time spent practicing with it would be required to create anything remotely impressive. The promise of the 3Doodler 2.0 being easier to use will, therefore, be welcome news to novices like us.
To begin with, the updated version is a quarter of the size of the original and, at 50 g (1.8 oz), is less than half its weight. WobbleWorks says the device is now more like the shape and size of a marker pen, which will make it immediately more comfortable to use. The drive system that feeds the plastic through the pen has been re-engineered to make the experience smoother, and a double-click function has been added that allows users to doodle without having to hold down any buttons.
The speed at which the plastic is fed through the pen can now be altered to meet the user's preference, and it's also possible to adjust the temperature so as to change the flow of plastic. The redesigned shape of the pen and the new nozzle design, meanwhile, are said to improve performance and allow users to be more precise in their doodles.
Beyond the main usability improvements, the power usage of the new device has been drastically reduced. The heating of the plastic is said to be more efficient and stable, reducing the need to stop and start during use, and the airflow system has also apparently been improved so as to cool the plastic more efficiently and operate more quietly.
A number of accessories have been announced along with the 3Doodler 2.0. The DoodleStand provides users with a place to store their pen and plastic strips, whilst a set of six changeable nozzles and a smoothing tool are available to help users create more refined doodles. A battery pack is also now available for doodling on the go, and a foot pedal can be purchased for controlling the device.
A crowdfunding campaign is underway for the 3Doodler 2.0. WobbleWorks says it hit its Kickstarter target of US$30,000 in 16 minutes, and at the time of writing has raised over $340,000. Individuals can currently pledge from $99 to receive a device, assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out. The device is also currently on display at CES in Las Vegas.
The video below is the Kickstarter pitch for the 3Doodler 2.0.