A 3-D pen that lets you draw objects in the air
February 21st, 2013
11:43 AM ET

A 3-D pen that lets you draw objects in the air

By Brandon Griggs, CNN

We're all doodlers by nature. Give most people a pen, paper and some down time, and they'll fill the margins with the fruits of their imagination.

But imagine if you could wave a pen in the air and create a three-dimensional rendering: A toy, a sculpture, a crude architectural model.

Soon you will. A Boston-based startup, WobbleWorks, has created what they are calling the world's first 3-D printing pen. It's called the 3Doodler, and it's been a sensation on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site, since it debuted there Tuesday morning. The makers of the 3Doodler set a modest fundraising goal of $30,000; within 48 hours, backers had pledged more than $1.1 million.

"We knew it was a great product. But we didn't expect the response to be this fast," said Daniel Cowen, a spokesman for the gadget, which is still a prototype. "The velocity of the response caught us by surprise. It's phenomenal."

The 3Doodler plugs into an electrical outlet and works sort of like a glue gun. As the pen draws, it oozes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies, allowing  its user to build an infinite variety of patterns and shapes. Its makers say it works on surfaces or in the air.

Users load spaghetti-like strands of non-toxic ABS plastic - the same stuff that's in 3-D printers - into the back of the pen. (A biogradeable form of plastic made from corn is also available.) The 3Doodler's makers say each one-foot strand of plastic, available in a wide range of colors, can produce about 11 feet of moldable material.

WobbleWorks sees the 3Doodler as a simple and affordable form of 3-D printing, an emerging form of manufacturing that uses computer models to help machines build plastic objects. The MakerBot Replicator 2, perhaps the best-known 3-D printer for the home, costs $2,200. Cowen said they expect to sell the 3Doodler for $75, which includes a small bag of plastic strands.

Additional 1kg spools of plastic will be available from a variety of sources for $30 to $55, WobbleWorks says.  The pen's makers say the average 1kg spool of 3mm ABS plastic will supply roughly 4,000 feet of 3Doodling, or about the height of three Empire State Buildings.

The gadget is shaping up to be a hit for WobbleWorks, a small toy and robotics company led by computer engineers Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue.

If manufacturing goes according to schedule, the first buyers will receive their 3Doodlers in September, Cowen said. Buyers who order now won't receive the pen until November, he said.

The makers of 3Doodler have been collaborating with wire artists on Etsy, the crafts website, to show how the pen can be used to create artwork, jewelry and other objects.

"We really want to create a community around 3Doodler," Cowen said. With more than 13,000 financial backers already on Kickstarter, they may already have.

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    March 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
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    Can't forget about the laws of gravity.

    February 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  8. facoolbreeze

    Doesn't say anything about being bio-degradable. So, more plastic for the landfills!

    February 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • CJB3

      actually facool, the 6th paragraph mentions a biodegradable spool available

      February 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  9. NamedScreen

    Well, there goes the adult toy industry...

    February 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  10. brandon

    how much would one cost

    February 25, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • ObamaPen for All

      Obama is giving these out for free to everyone on welfare and don't work! At the tax payers expense. Just like his ObamaPhone program!

      February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • tb

      Did you read the article, or just the headline? It says right there: "Cowen said they expect to sell the 3Doodler for $75, which includes a small bag of plastic strands."

      February 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Old Soldier

      Don't you people even consider reading an article before making comment or asking questions? Price and biodegradability are right there in front of you. As for 3d printing, its old. Google MIT 3d printing, Alan Alda, 3d printed bicycle. I believe it was the Learning Channel that had a special on this around 8 years ago (I can't recall when I saw it). Alda interviewed profs there who demonstrated the process plus showed a bicycle printed from a file. The next big leap for this toy is 3d printing allied with nano-engineering coupled with "mining" trash dumps. Nanobots, coupled with 3d printers, and fed from a trash dump will revolutionize engineering fields. That's where I'd be if young, and where I tried to get my son to specialize in. Canada is far ahead of us in nano-engineering. They established a research center similar to our DARPA more than six years ago. There are many interesting things going on in the world....beyond the worst dressed at the Oscars and current TV shows. But you really do need to read carefully. Study...not scan. Tchuss!

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      February 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • cool

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  11. Mervin

    You must know how to draw first.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  12. Pensimmon

    Okay, I am a doodler, I want one.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  13. Altorfer

    Disgusting!

    February 24, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • rickinmo

      Why the open mind?

      February 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • kenny

      you are mental

      February 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  14. Mick

    Is this going to be like the brighteyes project? Whatever happened to that?

    February 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
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    How do you erase it?

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • James T

      That's a good one. how does one erase plastic?

      February 23, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • Ange

        it says PEN not pencil. pens dnt erase unless its erasablend it dsnt say tht rite?
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        February 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
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      February 24, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
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      February 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
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  17. dajowi

    Just think all those doodles ending up in the landfill...oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    February 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  18. GD

    ummm....it's a glue gun...with plastic instead of glue. This is more marketing than substance.

    February 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • innovation

      draw something with a glue gun go for it lol

      February 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  19. cleanUponIsleThree

    This product shows great potential for add-ons!

    February 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  20. rad666

    First drawing I will do is one of Kelly LeBrock.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  21. Dave

    Maybe with these and the 3-D printers, we can stop importing all of our goods from China...

    February 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  22. Pro Death

    Shoot, I've been doing things like this with a hot glue gun for decades

    February 22, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
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    February 22, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
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    This year's Christmas present for my artist daughter! It would definitely be easier than clay for some of her work.

    February 22, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
  26. AseMom

    Yes, that's all we need. More plastic in our homes, filling up landfills......I doubt everyone will buy the more expensive biodegradable version. It looks fun to play with but so much waste and chemicals.

    February 22, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Who pooped in your cornflakes this morning?

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      February 22, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
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        February 22, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Sean Hallenbeck

      I'll assume you skimmed over the part about a biodegradable option made of corn?

      February 22, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
      • ryanespinozacounseling

        I will assume you skimmed the portion of the commenter's comment referring to the biodegradable corn option.

        February 22, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Eta Wang

      Cool down...... Someone has already done a kickstarter project for a plastic recycling machine that chops up old shampoo & water bottle and turns them into the filament required by this pen and 3D printers. Wow......

      February 22, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • J

      Food for thought AseMom... the plastic used to make the interior of your car uses more oil and chemicals than non-toxic ABS plastic. So do us all a favor and sale your car. Before your teenage kids total it and fill up our landfills.

      February 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
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      February 22, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
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    February 22, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
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    February 22, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  30. smc

    I'd rather spend $2200 on a 3-D printer than invest in this, or a set of good files and chisels and some carving wood, or a lump of clay and some shaping tools.

    It is neat, but seems to have limited applications. The article implies you would "draw objects in the air" or "wave a pen in the air", but in reality you need to construct them from a base up.

    February 22, 2013 at 6:21 am | Reply
    • Biff

      Yeah, unfortunately the laws of gravity still apply.

      February 22, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • rhobere

      That's exactly what I was thinking. Neat, but reallly limited applications. Especially since the advantage of 3D printing is the ability to have accurately defined deminsions which are completely impossible with a pen.

      I'll take it for what it is: a cool toy. I do not see any need for this in any of the design applications I'm involved in nor do I see it even coming close to replace 3D printers that print with a better resolution than the human eye can even detect. I don't care how cheap it is. I need precision regardless of the cost.

      February 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Dudemanbro

        This looks like a great tool for getting a loose idea or concept down "on paper" then you can move on to a more precise medium once the idea or concept is developed further. Imagine getting a sketch from the principle architect in your firm and they could actually make it 3D? You'd gain so much more traction by foregoing the 3D interpretation of a "3D" drawing on a 2D surface. Give this pen to some of the greats like Renzo Piano, Shigeru Ban, or Zaha Hadid.

        February 25, 2013 at 10:36 am |
      • Old Soldier

        Then don't buy it. Tchuss!

        February 26, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • rickinmo

      Everything has limited applications. That's why we have different tools for different jobs. Of course you start from a base. It's 3D; not anti-gravity.

      February 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  31. sapsford

    How is this really different from a precise glue gun?

    February 22, 2013 at 5:27 am | Reply
    • grichecth

      Speed and strength, mainly.

      February 22, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  32. Daniel O'Connor

    We've got an exclusive interview with the guys over at 3Doodler right here > http://www.prsnlz.me/articles/exclusive-interview-with-3doodlers-co-founder-max-bogue/

    February 22, 2013 at 5:13 am | Reply
  33. Josh Olsen

    Why?

    February 22, 2013 at 3:54 am | Reply
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  35. anon77

    Think outside the box.
    Humans and builders are at odds.
    Imagine converging 3-D data for result.
    IE. Computer imaging of heatlh related issues in growth stages for human analysis, as well as the ability to be re-analyzed by computation to be fed back into the system after analytic staging results based on variable probability given true 3 dimensional growth pattern.
    IE. Convergence of computational forward and reverse engineering given 3 true dimensions for pattern analysis...
    Etc etc etc etc

    February 22, 2013 at 2:43 am | Reply
    • anon77

      Give the pen to a robotic arm for precision and freedom of movement...

      February 22, 2013 at 2:49 am | Reply
      • anon77

        EG. Introduce new elements and imagine a circuit board that's anything but "flat" with optical traces... The sky is the limit – sometimes

        February 22, 2013 at 2:55 am |
      • anon77

        Another thought – computational ratio conversions – large or small

        February 22, 2013 at 3:05 am |
  36. Ben

    Okay I'm going to ask can you F%$# it?

    February 22, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  37. DLMuerte

    Dude, I love the guys who made this now. Knowing this will exist just made my day.

    I throw money at the screen but it's not giving me anything! T.T

    February 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  38. Fr33th1nk3r

    Hopefully, the advent of 3D printing means the end of Walmart's stranglehold on the American economy, and the end of China's cheap knock-off fuled economic dominance.

    Once again, American innovation wins.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Nat Nasci

      Wyn Kelly Swainson . He was granted British patent 1 240 043 in 1971 for a stereolithography type of process.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  39. NickD

    I can see at least 100 tangible applications for this. Where can I invest?

    February 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • 100 reasons

      So you can invest via Kickstarter. As for thinking of over 100 reasons, I want to see if you really can think of 100 reasons. Ready, Go!

      February 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
      • 99 reasons

        Body art.

        February 22, 2013 at 12:04 am |
      • 98 reasons

        Bar coding your personal space

        February 22, 2013 at 12:08 am |
      • 97 reasons

        turn lanes for birds

        February 22, 2013 at 12:10 am |
      • 96 Reasons

        Ruining a co-workers cubicle

        February 22, 2013 at 12:51 am |
      • 95 reasons

        reminding them to put the toilet seat down.

        February 22, 2013 at 1:22 am |
      • 94 reasons

        kick me signs

        February 22, 2013 at 1:26 am |
      • joseph c smith

        semi auto assault plastic weapons, 15 units in robot hands making a huge scale 3d printer.. ultra precise microscopic versions too, in computer hands, and simultaneously human operators also helping create stuff.. finally a human powered bicycle helicopter printed from this thing someday..

        February 22, 2013 at 7:17 am |
  40. Karen

    The third paragraph of the article has a link (3Doodler) to the video. Watch that. They really do just make a quick base squiggle on a surface and draw up into the air. The plastic dries immediately after extrusion into a springy solid thread about the thickness of plastic-coated electrical wires. It really is pretty cool. The video features a lot of fun things made with the tool. The company is Wobble Works and the guys are engineering freaks who met in Hong Kong. They've been working on the 3D Doodler for a few years and the patent is pending. Guess where they're going to manufacture it? Yep, CHINA! The last line of the video, and I quote:
    " We've already been to China and we're working with a factory. Now, all we need is your support". When they choose to produce this product in the US, they'll have my support.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Reply
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    Looks like it could be good to eat. Godzilla wastes the Eiffel Tower. A new Mr. Bill and Sluggo Show with newer and more violent death scenes like putting plastic around his head. I've gone on dreadfully long. Please forgive

    February 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • tammi

      Oh I can see how this could become a new type of Gumby show but more Walking dead features.. so cool

      February 22, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
  42. Hubert Boyd

    Just jhow soon will this blow over?

    February 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  43. anony

    And watch, within 1 year some jarhead will be suing them because some innocent and dopey kid eats this stuff and then a lawsuit will follow and then 3d pens will be taken off the shelves...

    I'm not glorifying this but I can just see this happening right in front of my eyes... ahhh....

    February 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • jarhead

      Why a jarhead? Do Marines sue alot?

      February 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • anony

        LOL i meant some idiot...

        February 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  44. filo bedo

    Um a isn't this just a glorified glue gun? 3D implies computer aided. Im guessing if your not very artistic you just wasted $2K for a plastic dribbler.

    February 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • chesterbaloneyjr

      The printer is $2k. The glorified glue gun is $75.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Yossarian

      Actually, 3D implies that it's three-dimensional. We've had three dimensions far longer than computers.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
      • very good point

        They used to call it a sculpture.

        February 22, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Not very intelligent are you

      3D = Three Dimensional. You = Two Dimensional.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  45. Frank James

    Where will they be made?

    February 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Charles Callahan

      http://www.the3doodler.com/

      February 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  46. Gary

    My life is now complete because of this pen! I now have something for which to live! Ok... Seriously... I want one... No.. Really... I do...

    February 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  47. Patrick Millsaps

    Reblogged this on Pragmatic Optimism and commented:
    On CNN.com-a 3-D pen that let's you draw objects in the air.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • faoepawef

      Nobody cares.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  48. Evan

    I want one.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  49. Jt_flyer

    This is cool!!!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  50. Jo

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Two Broke Girls

      We see what you did there.

      February 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  51. Mike

    Just wait till the crazy lawn ornimants start showing up and the sculptures in your friends homes. Wait till people start building entire forts with this stuff... Then homes can, in theory, can be constructed. The imaginations of some people, especially when they design things out of thin air... This technology could get really interesting really fast.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      There's ALREADY a 3-D printer that can build an entire HOUSE in two weeks. And it's done on-site.

      Manufactured by some company in Denmark...

      Google that!

      February 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • filo bedo

        Yes this can do that too but the time frame will take a bit longer, around seven years to build a one bedroom house.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
      • Karen

        I did google the 3D house in Denmark. It's walls are made of wood. It also contains some steel and the windows are glass. It isn't made with 3D print technology. It's actually made with a technology called CNC which does computer milling. In the case of this house, the computer milling machine is fed a whole wooden wall and it cuts out the doors and windows, etc. So, it's a different technology but still pretty cool.
        They also noted in the article that 3D printing is not yet being used to make any really large objects.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  52. Matt in KY

    This could be the next pencil for architects, set designers, 3-D graphics programmers....and it could be like the can of silly string you buy at Spencer's and try to shoot in the eyes, noses, and mouths of friends.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Don in Mo

      This will speed development time. No need to spend the time and effort to design the item on a computer convert the file to a 3D printer and wait for the printer to print it. You can do it real time!

      Now all we need is a 3D eraser you can use to fix your design as you go.

      February 22, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  53. tom

    Let's see – I think we could call them silly putty in a pen. What's the big deal?

    February 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  54. jj

    Sort of like the machine on Big Bang Theory on which Howard and Raj make models of themselves.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • headlessthompsongunner

      JJ,
      There are some things you don't ever admit to if you want to date. Watching Big Bang Theory is one of them.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • ricciap

        Oh, come on now, that's not true! ... Bazinga! ;)

        February 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • AW

        I have a girlfriend. We both love Big Bang Theory and usually watch it together.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
      • Canada

        Sheldon annoys the crap out of me.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
      • Yossarian

        "Headless" in the username also implies "brainless," thus we have gunner's comment.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
      • Iucharba

        My wife and I like watching the Big Bang Theory. It's a funny programme, and I'm not sure how it would make one un-datable. In fact, looking at the ratings, about 18MM people watched in the US last week. Perhaps they are all lonely?

        February 22, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • patrick horan

      lmao

      February 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • patrick horan

        this is amazingly cool! where can i pre-order!!!

        February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  55. ObamaPen

    My homie Obama is going to give all these out to people on welfare for free! But at the tax payers expense. Obama is the SHIZZLE!

    February 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • rcroeder

      and this is related to the post how or are you suffering from tourettes?

      February 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • LouieD

      Meh. Not that funny plus not informed equals lame post from "ObamaPen."

      February 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      Proof that clowns like you could make a story about pocket lint relate to your childish hatred toward our President.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Marco Esteban

      really? well hey can you get me one?

      February 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Ricky

      When you get yours then, I'll buy it at a discounted price.

      February 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • JoeO

      If you wake up every day thinking about Obama, it's probably not really about Obama.

      February 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • t grazier

      your an ass, why dont you go pump jimmy swaggert and then beat your wife

      February 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • sftommy

      Keep your focus on Obama's pen while he uses it to make rich folk ripping off us working Americans pay for your healthcare.
      or just get a life....

      February 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Jesus

      Shizzle? Are you typing on here from 2006?

      February 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • nightwriter

      Move to wherever you think is better then ... please.

      February 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  56. KristopherR

    I think my favorite part of their Kickstarter video was... "Pete and I have already been to China" Ha. Just like everything else... it will be "MADE IN CHINA" I suppose if they made it in America they would have had to set the Kickstarter bid for an additional two million in labor right? Ha.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • barbarianofgor

      Rather, they'd face a ton of regulations to factory conditions, not safety per se but a light switch would be 1" too high or low based on this or that set of rules and they'd be closed down for weeks at a critical time and fined tens of thousands. Then a few weeks later, some inspector would come in and say that their FIXED light switches were 1" too left or right, even using another set of rules that contradicted the first, and they'd be through it again.

      Overall it's the same or cheaper to make things in America. The problem is that the big guys get a steep discount out of taxes to make it cheaper to leave, while the little guys face 'regulators' trying to justify their jobs handing out fines like candy.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  57. Badly-Bent

    Can you get carpel-tunnel elbow?

    February 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • MassageTheraPaul

      nope, because the carpel tunnel is an ailment of the "carpels" which are in your wrist... you can get something called "tennis elbow" which could be what you mean

      February 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
      • oldpartsnrust

        I have tennis in my elbows?

        February 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • Canada

        friggan anatomy takes the fun out of everything.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  58. Andrew

    "nontoxic abs plastic". Absolute bullocks.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Reality chek

      Name the toxic component of ABS plastic ... didn't think so. Do you realize that all plastic is NOT the same thing? ABS, HDPE, PS and many others are no more toxic than a piece of glass.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
      • cage

        If you believe the Chinese when they say it's ABS plastic. They don't exactly have the best record of disclosing the truth of what their products are made of.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  59. Dan in Seattle

    If it's plastic, how do you draw it in the air without it falling? The headline made it sound like you could create a floating 3D display.

    Am I missing something here?

    February 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • OrionStyles

      :\

      Lego is also magic. I mean, how do people build tall things with it?

      February 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • chesterbaloneyjr

        lego is pretty magic. the molding tolerance is CRIZAZY small

        February 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • rcroeder

      The process, the plastic cools quickly. You would just need to anchor on point.

      February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • tom

        Just silly putty in a pen is all it is.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Mike

      Watch the video. It doesnt float but you start it on a surface and u just draw straight up in the air. The plastic freezes right away. Its crazy. Every artists dream. Start to see some really wierd sculptures in your friends homes and lawn ornamants. Lololol

      February 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  60. steven dietrich

    They raised 1.1 million for a pen??? It is a can of silly string in the shape of a pen???!!!???

    February 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Lois Ripkry

      Watch the video in the article. It's pretty amazing.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  61. Mick

    Not buying into this. Prototyping? Really? How many things that need prototyping are made of crude squiggly lines? And talk about a sensationalized article...do you really think those sculptures were just drawn into three dimensional space? Did the dinosaur's legs and the tower's supports just magically stand upright while the rest of the sculpture was drawn? Clearly these were drawn on a flat surface then assembled.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      A tool to use in prototyping. It will not create a beautiful finished prototype, but as a tool for adding material or rough details, yes it would be very useful. Every professional Model maker or prototyper can see its usefulness.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • think

      $1.1 million says you don't know what you're talking about.

      February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Thundershrimp

      Maybe you should do a little research on your own before spouting off like you know everything? There are videos of this thing in action. Check them out.

      February 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • Canada

        I remember the videos of Seg-ways too... didn't go so well.

        February 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • chesterbaloneyjr

      one time industrial designer says this is gonna be useful, and every design student will probly buy one. I'd bank on it.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
      • SilentBoy741

        Especially those designers and students who have found that using a lump of clay and a fork is just too darned expensive.

        February 22, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Lois Ripkry

      You know you can watch their official video from a link in the article. And they do draw straight up from the surface. It's amazing how durable it is.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • IdeaMan

      To be really useful for prototyping this thing needs an accelerometer and/or gyroscope and should capture the "drawing" as a 3d model so it can be refined and reproduced. I'll take a cash lump sum now in lieu of royalties, thank you.

      February 22, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
  62. Person

    And those pipe-cleaner looking things look so durable, not like they'd damage at the least touch! /sarcasm

    February 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  63. Tom

    All they need to do is get Martha Stewart to use it for Christmas decorations once and they won't be able to make enough of them :-).

    February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  64. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    Plastic welders have also been around for decades. It's amazing to me this hasn't been done a long time ago. Adapting this for use as a "sculpting" tool is the real breakthrough here. I'm a professional prototype builder and can see this as a must have in every proto-builders tool box.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  65. Rob

    I'd use it to create a 3D female version on of myself – then I'd bang it! How's that for narcissism?!

    February 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      How mature.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
      • BROSEF

        Your just mad you didn't think of it first.

        February 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • Mick

        No, he's got a point there. Just make sure the plastic cools first.

        February 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Paul

      I'd get a real girl instead, but that's just me. Enjoy the feel of cold and dry plastic.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • ummm

        Plenty of girls out there with plenty of "plastic" my friend...

        February 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Roscoe Chait

      I think you need a hobby. A different one.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  66. edawg

    I would Doodle a life size replica of myself sitting at my desk so the boss thinks I am working...kinda like he thinks I am now.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  67. Buzz Killington

    As innovations go, it's not very impressive. Basically, it's a glue gun used for doodling. Not exactly ground-breaking.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      It only has to be fun and original to be a winner.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  68. Ed

    In-depth news coverage of pen capable of drawing guns into existence in 3...2...1...

    February 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • BROSEF

      lLook up 3d printers. They are already purtnear close.

      February 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  69. Tim Z

    Very cool, as a jewelry designer – I want one !

    February 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • M.E.

      Right! As a fashion designer, the first thing I thought was "yes! I can finally chuck my sketchbook!"

      February 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Anastasia

      Same here! I've been looking for a good way to design things 3dimensionally without doing flat x/y, y/z, and y/x plot drawings. It gets really tedious and doesn't prepare you for dimension complications. I'm backing this poject. I want one!

      February 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  70. Boo

    Cool!

    February 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  71. JJ

    I see no real use for this other than a toy.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • aliusa

      It's good for prototyping - will save time and money, especially if you combine it with a 3D printing.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • chitownbred

      architects and industrial designers would love to have something like this as a design tool

      February 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • Ross

      I see no real use for you other than janitorial services.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • think

        Love it.

        February 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • Nathan Dunlap

        YES

        February 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • ted

      That’s what they said about the airplane

      February 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • Ruby

        And the home computer.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • M.E.

      For those of us who do any sort of three-dimensional design, this is essentially the most awesome thing ever. Now, instead of creating 2D versions on paper and then creating the real thing in 3D, it skips the annoying sort of sketch-n-hope on paper problem. For example, if I design a dress, I have to put it on paper first. I hate this step since I suck at drawing. With the pen, i can just build it on the desk in a way that's much more consistent with how I make the actual piece.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • chesterbaloneyjr

      not all of us are imaginative. Someone's gotta scrub the urinals.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  72. alpine queen

    This is a great idea! If a co-worker falls asleep at the next desk, you could build a little cage around him, or make a big pad lock so your boss can't get out of his office. Need a footstool, or a new case for your iPod, dash one off. The possibilities are endless.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      "Great" ideas – of course the material isnt strong enough for any of those things.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • edawg

      Alpine Queen U rule....giant cage..love it. But one could Doodle him/herself a shovel to tunnel out...what then?

      February 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Merc

      Oh, I'd just love to see this thing brought out for frat-house parties. Can you imagine what would happen to the first person to pass out?

      February 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  73. edawg

    This may be the next computer! Good bye Apple and Microsoft....I will not upload mear files but I shall Doodle in the sky! No more downloading naughty images when I have 11ft of plastic to make a giant dominatrix with!

    February 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  74. ironman59

    For all those that despise science & technology this is a great invention. It is what moves mankind forward on many levels. So, you can live in your cave while the rest of the world plays & constructs with our 3D designer.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  75. ender7727

    If it was really cool, they would have shown a video. Since they did not, I can only guess its a piece of junk. It must write on air the same way silly spray does.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      In the article they have a link that leads to the vid. The link is 3Doodler in the 3rd paragraph.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  76. Alex

    In the future, i could see this product being used in art classes in schools all around the world. These guys are going to make ALOT of money. They should go on SHARK TANK lol.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  77. Daremonai

    Years ago I used to play with using electric fence wire the same way. You can have a lot of fun with manual additive methods like this ^_^ esp when you add in things like tissue paper or other materials that can be used to create an outer skin once the skeleton is stable.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  78. Stephen Daedalus

    You can really see the first glimmers of the future in these gadgets... ST replicators, here we come.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  79. Greenspam

    Wow... the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      especially when you use the pen to make a sword

      February 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • Alex

        @ Trevor...haha that was pretty clever

        February 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
      • HorseWithTooManyNames

        You can also use a sword to make a pen. HA!

        February 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

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