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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:39 AM

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

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."

http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/a-3-d-pen-that-lets-you-draw-objects-in-the-air/?hpt=hp_t2

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Reply A 3-D pen that lets you draw objects in the air (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #1
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #2
2naSalit Feb 2013 #3
MineralMan Feb 2013 #4
2naSalit Feb 2013 #8
Hugabear Feb 2013 #5
Separation Feb 2013 #6
Bake Feb 2013 #7

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:15 PM

1. very cool

k & r

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:09 PM

2. I'll have to get one. We have a PrinterBot and a big Dimension 3D printer.

This looks like a ton of fun for under $100!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:37 PM

3. Ohhhh!

I've GOT to HAVE one of those, maybe more in different colors!!!

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:25 PM

4. Wow! With my artistic skills,

this would let me draw stick figures in 3D. Oh, wait...

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:33 PM

8. But just thinl about it

you could be the world's next Clyde Crashcup!! And get an assistant named Leonardo!



This is what came to mind when I saw the OP earlier today, always wanted a pen that drew stuff in thin air like that!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:33 PM

5. Draw objects in the air?

One little problem with that...gravity.

It's still a very cool concept. But the article makes it sound as if you would be able to create by simply doodling in the air. But without something to serve as a base,whatever you doodle would just come falling down.

What would be really nice is if the pen were connected to a 3D printer, so that whatever you doodle in the air is transferred to the printer. Seems that would be far easier and more efficient.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:44 PM

6. Looks dangerous to me.

What happens when a child draws a knife or a gun?

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Response to Separation (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:32 PM

7. My guess is they get expelled from school ...

Especially if they're kindergartners.



Bake

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