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A "3D Printing Pen" Hits Kickstarter


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Cool concept... would be great for repairing like they said.

Problem here is...

A. They are already planning to outsource the entire thing to China. Horrible
B. It's accuracy lends it to something for children.
C. It's not intended for children.
I'll stick with my Series 1 from Type A Machines* for 3d printing thank you.
If I need to design in 3d space with a Pen I use Zbrush and a Wacom.

Designed, built & sold out of California.
#1 Justin Kelly (Homepage) on 2013-02-19 19:47 (Reply)
"Anything that you can 3Doodle on can be personalized! It works well for most plastic objects such as iPhone cases, desks, laptops, monitors, pens, etc… You can write on them or doodle 3D shapes on them and voila, you have modified an ordinary object to be your very own! Add bling to your stuff like never before."

Give me a break
#2 Anonymous on 2013-02-19 20:05 (Reply)
now with over 1 million in sales and 12,000 disappointed customers to be.
#3 Anonymous on 2013-02-21 15:54 (Reply)
Duann, why so negative? Why make a post if it's just going to trash the product?

My positive thought's on the product are this:
It is another avenue for more people to be introduced to 3D printing.
$75 low barrier to entry to "3D printing" at home.
It could be used in conjunction with 3D printing from Shapeways- to modify an existing prototype quickly versus ordering another print.
I could quickly wireframe a design to get a sense of scale in a 3D physical space.
I see great potential here for future iterations. Better flow rate control, swap-able heads for different extrusion shapes, different materials...
#4 Jeff (Homepage) on 2013-03-18 13:08 (Reply)
Thanks for your feedback Jeff,

I have since had a chance to try an early prototype of the pen and still think it is not really a great introduction to 3D printing. We have seen so much progress in the last 4 years in desktop 3D printing that it is a shame for this to be an entry point for so many people.
#4.1 Duann on 2013-03-18 20:54 (Reply)
I can understand that concern. I guess I just would have liked to see a more positive spin on the shapeways blog.
#4.1.1 Jeff (Homepage) on 2013-03-19 15:19 (Reply)

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