The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that was developed by Maxwell Bogue, Daniel Cowen and Peter Dilworth of WobbleWorks Inc., it works by extruding heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid and stable structure, allowing for the free-hand creation of 3-D objects. It uses plastic strands composed of either acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (“ABS”), polylactic acid (“PLA”) or “FLEXY” and thermal polyurethane (“TPU”) which is melted and then cooled while moving through the pen. The 3Doodler has been described as a glue gun for 3D printing because of how the plastic is shot out of the tip, one foot of plastic thread is capable of producing, “about 11 feet of extruded material”.
History – However this is not a new groundbreaking launch it is as old as 2012 when its first prototype was made at the Artisans’ Asylum in Somerville, Massachusetts. This is however a piece of tech that has for some reason not gathered the popularity it should have. Now the lack of proper advertising as well as the release of cheaper alternatives has seriously hindered the popularity of the product as well as its client outreach. Cheaper 3D printing pens made by the likes of Supreme Global Trading Pvt.Ltd who go by the name VAMAA, have given the 3doodler a run for its money.
Updates – In January 2015, a new version of the 3Doodler was launched, after a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter brought in more than $1.5 million. The new upgrades include an option for changing the size and shape of the tip, capacity of producing a smaller design and a more effective yet less noisy fan. However still the product was not able to take the market by storm as was expected. And however innovative and cool it was it fell short of expectations.
Conclusion – There a million of cool projects that you can do using this little trinket and this is one of the most exiting development for artists around the world . With a cost of ₹3,250 for the VAMAA 3D Printer Pen and ₹9,866 for the 3doodler the 3d pen is an affordable as well as a creative tool for art.