3D printing technology has reached new heights since it penetrated the mainstream market. Take 3D pens, for example, the handheld version of the technology. They’ve been generating a lot of buzz lately, with a number of independent companies and manufacturers competing to set themselves apart from each other and coming up with their own niches in the market.
It’s about more than just giving you the ability to “doodle” in air; 3D pens give people the opportunity to create prototypes or unique works of art. With a little bit of creativity, the possibilities are endless.
Here are three of the up-and-coming 3D pens in the market today:
Lix “The smallest 3D printing pen in the world”
The Lix 3D pen can be described as the more stylish and compact version of the 3Doodler. It was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that successfully reached its funding goal last May. As with other 3D pens, Lix works by using heat to melt the plastic filament at the nib, enabling the molding of plastic into shapes.
It comes in a beautifully sleek anodized unibody aluminum frame that looks and feels just like a regular pen, giving you a more comfortable grip. The pen comes in black and grey and can be plugged in a USB port for power.
Lix is priced at $139.
Creopop “The world’s first 3D pen with cool ink”
Most 3D pens in the market today heat plastic at the nib to mold plastic to create three-dimensional structures. Creopop takes on a whole different approach to 3D printing with the use of cool ink. It uses a special “ink” that is made of light sensitive resin that solidifies when exposed to UV light. This eliminates the need for heat, making it even safer to use for kids. This 3D pen is completely wireless, which removes the hassle of dealing with chords.
Creopop 3D pens also offer a variety of special inks:
- Body paint
- Glow in the dark
- Standard (different colors)
- Temperature sensitive
Creopop was launched via Indiegogo and reached over $185,000 for its first fundraising campaign, which closed in August. Creopop is now available for pre-ordering and will start worldwide shipment for the first batch of pens by March 2015.
3Doodler “The world’s first 3D printing pen”
This 3D pen was funded extremely successfully in Kickstarter on May last year raising over 2.3 million dollars. It melts resin sticks inserted in the back and you can decide if it ejects it quickly or slowly. You can “draw” either laying down three-dimensional structures or vertically. This ABS plastic it melts is the same as used by many 3D printers.
3Doodler is priced at $99 and includes 50 strands.