I Dare You Not to Be Impressed By This Tool for 3D Drawing

by Hrag Vartanian on February 19, 2013

How can you not be impressed with a project that promises a pen that can draw in the air? The people behind the project call it a 3D Printing Pen, but it seems much more than that. Sure it looks like wire art, but just think of the potential. Imagine if Cy Twombly had access to this device when he was alive.

As my friend Marisa Sage told me when she saw the video, “It’s kinda like a tattoo gun, a hot glue gun, and a 3d printer had an orgy and nine months later out popped the 3Doodler.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

And in case you were interested in supporting this project, you may be relieved to know that they appear to have a working prototype. And for those outside the US, don’t worry, the creators say that the 3Doodler will work just fine on 110v or 240v. The 3Doodler uses 3mm ABS or PLA plastic as its “ink” — just like a 3D printer.

Check out 3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen on our Kickstarter page.

h/t Colossal

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  • drawing or sculpture?

  • Rob DeWalt

    China? really guys?

  • laurie frick

    Oh yes! data as pattern… 3D. I instantly pledged $75, Hrag….you knew I’d love this.

    • I was totally thinking of you when I was writing this.

  • blackdogg

    Advancing Technology will be the Death of Art.

  • Jacqueline K Segura
    • No problem, but I see he reached his goal. Congrats!

      • Jacqueline K Segura


  • A small hand held extruder is now called a 3D pen. Really? And it took a guy from MIT in a collaborative effort to make that leap. Hurray for language, technology and the marketplace. It seems like the only thing technology brings to art anymore is the commerce of tropes. By the way drawing and sculpture were never mutually exclusive. Most people who have studied art already know this.

  • Eeeewwww…have to agree with Rob, China? Why didn’t you just say “we will gladly skirt EPA standards and ethical labor practices just for you..our consumer!”. Pretty great idea though. I’ll get one as soon as they are produced here in the USA!

  • You can participate in the development and get another type of 3D Printing here!

  • itsame

    If you buy a glue gun for five bucks, then a finer thread for 2 bucks and PLA or ABS filament for a buck or two… then you have this “innovating” idea

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