3D Writing Pens Let you Write in the Air

2014-10-24 09:44:30

Published on 2014-10-24 09:44:30

Are you bored of writing with a traditional pen and paper? Want to write and draw in 3D? Well there’s not one, but two pens for you. The LIX 3D pen and 3Doodler pen both enable you to actually write and draw in the air by melting plastic, creating free standing objects in mere seconds.


The 3D pens work like standard 3D printers. You insert the plastic filament as you would an ink cartridge, where they are then melted down and create the ink. This ink then cools and forms the shapes you have created. Whether you want to trace an image or draw something out of your imagination and into thin air, the LIX 3D pen and 3Doodler pen will let your doodles become tangible works of art.


The LIX 3D Pen

The LIX 3D printing pen isn’t the first 3D printing pen, but it is the first to resemble an actual pen. The aluminium pen measures 16.3 cm in length, 1.4cm cm in diameter and weighs 34.9 grams and can be used to write text, create fine art, T-shirt designs and is limited only by how steady you can hold a pen.


The LIX 3D functions much like a 3D printer. It quickly melts plant based plastic strands to 150°C, and then pushes the hot liquid through the nib at the touch of a button. Each plastic strand is 10 cm long and is fed into the pen, giving you roughly two minutes of drawing. The liquid plastic instantly solidifies when it is exposed to air, forming the shape it has been drawn into.


The 3Doodler Pen

The 3Doodler pen is somewhere between a pen and a hot glue gun. Like the LIX 3D pen, the 3Doodler pen uses heated plastic strands to create three dimensional shapes in real time. The 3Doodler pen features the same ABS plastic that 3D printers use, the pen heats up the coloured strands of plastic and allows you to draw in the air, or you can draw your design on paper, peel it off and assemble.


Unlike 3D printers, the 3Doodler pen requires no software or computers, just your imagination and a steady hand. It can be used to make shapes, models, jewellery, and even mobile phone cases.



Posted by Wayne Hogan

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