Wednesday, November 25, 2015   |   6,862 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

3D-printing pen turns doodles into sculptures

Posted on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: Youtube

A US start-up called WobbleWorks has developed a pen that lets you draw 3-dimensional objects.

The device works a lot like a handheld version of a 3D printer and utilizes an internal heater to melt the plastic beads used to create the material for the sculptures. As you lift the pen vertically it's possible to produce actual three-dimensional objects from the plastic which solidifies as soon as it leaves the nib thanks to a built-in fan.

The project was funded thanks to a Kickstarter campaign which raised $30,000 and the devices should go on sale next year with a battery-powered version to follow soon after that. WobbleWorks also has a few ideas for its next project - a similar device that can melt sticks of sugar and draw sculptures that are edible. Food safety issues however may mean it will be quite some time before the 'food pen' makes its debut.

"Free yourself from the tyranny of paper and boring 2D."

  View: Full article |  Source: New Scientist

  Discuss: View comments (8)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 20 February, 2013, 16:15
That looks like fun. I think I'll wait and see where the technology is in a couple of years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by J. K. on 20 February, 2013, 16:34
That will create some brand-new hobbies. Imagine collecting 3-D signatures of celebrities.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twinkle Arora is back on 21 February, 2013, 14:11
Its just a hot-glue gun with plastic sticks inside(I think) instead of glue. What I am thinking right now is that why didn't anyone come up with this for the consumer market earlier? It sounds like a good consumer product. They just need to find some way to make it edible with different flavors :P
Comment icon #4 Posted by Purifier on 22 February, 2013, 2:05
I WANT IT! *drools*
Comment icon #5 Posted by AsteroidX on 22 February, 2013, 2:12
I dropped mine in a puddle. It was on and still had ink it. Should I be worried.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Silver Surfer on 22 February, 2013, 2:44
that looks so dumb. unless its making candy.. then its cool.
Comment icon #7 Posted by spartan max2 on 22 February, 2013, 4:28
this 3d printing is getting insane. IT amazes me
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rocketgirl on 22 February, 2013, 6:40
Looks cool ,but the price tag for it is crazy. I will stick to regular pens.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Other news in this category
Google built prototype Star Trek communicator
Posted 11-24-2015 | 7 comments
The search giant once attempted to develop a real-life version of the Star Trek communicator badge....
Researchers develop 'freeze ray' lasers
Posted 11-22-2015 | 9 comments
A breakthrough in the field of laser cooling could open the door to a wide range of new applications....
University of Tehran unveils Surena III robot
Posted 11-21-2015 | 9 comments
The life-like contraption was developed by robotics engineers from several institutes across Iran....
Scientists create electronic 'cyborg' roses
Posted 11-21-2015 | 10 comments
The flowers, which are still very much alive, have tiny electronic circuits threaded through them....
Are we facing an 'antibiotic apocalypse' ?
Posted 11-20-2015 | 4 comments
Scientists have revealed that superbugs have now become resistant to even our last-resort antibiotics....
Scientists grow working vocal cords in a lab
Posted 11-19-2015 | 4 comments
The breakthrough could make it possible for people who can't speak to undergo a 'voice' transplant....
1,111-carat diamond unearthed in Botswana
Posted 11-19-2015 | 11 comments
A monstrous diamond, the second largest ever discovered, has been dug up at a mine in Africa....
Drinking coffee can lower your risk of death
Posted 11-18-2015 | 73 comments
Researchers have revealed that the consumption of coffee is linked to a reduced risk of premature death....
Earth has huge stores of hidden groundwater
Posted 11-17-2015 | 32 comments
There is enough water trapped beneath the ground to flood the entire world with over 590m of liquid....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ