The 3D printing technology has grown enormously all over the world and it is overflowing in many sectors on the planet. The technology is being used widely to ease human work and simplify them with better methods. The new technology has brought a revolution to many fields around the world.
3D printing is being done by a process known as stereolithography, which is an additive process to print required objects out of plastic. The technology has proved to be very helpful for mankind as it is efficient in its use and cost effective. The 3D printing pen is also another process for executing the process of 3D printing. It has occupied the market in a very small span of time.
The 3D printing pen helps us to draw designs out of our imaginations and keep them. It has helped humans to create various objects and enhance the artistic nature of them. The first known 3D printing pen is the 3D doodler.
The working of a 3D pen is not by the traditional process of FDM (Fused Deposit Modelling) but by a new technique, which uses a special ink. The special ink is called “Photopolymer” which ejects out of the nozzle of the pen. It comes out in liquid form, formed by heating of plastic and solidifies under the UV rays. It is a safe method as the children can use the 3D printing pen with ease.
The 3D Doodler is a 3D printing pen made by Peter Dilworth, Maxwell Bogue and Daniel Cowen from WobbleWorks, Inc. (formerly known as WobbleWorks LLC). The process of 3D doodler is heating of plastic inside the pen and extruding it through a nozzle, so that free hand drawing and designing of 3D objects as per the requirements. The pen instantly gained popularity around the world and everyone started to crave for the new technology pen. The pen is efficient and totally harmless, safe for everyone to use.
The 3D doodler uses plastic thread to heat up and release it. The plastic threads might be made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), FLEXY or thermal polyurethane (TPU). It is melted and extruded through the tip of the pen which solidifies within a short span of time, making it possible to draw figures according to our imagination. However, one cannot work with a 3D printing pen constantly for long hours, since it needs a cooling time. The 3D pen might get heated up to a large extent which may make it impossible to work with it.
So, when buying a 3D printing pen, it is advisable to watch for all the specifications related to it. The 3D pen should have a minimum cooling time and the heating time as well because the gap between drawing a figure cannot be made long. There are also some drawbacks as the system clogging may occur due to imperfect of usage of the 3D pens. So, it is recommended to judge the heating time perfectly in order to get the desired results.
The first prototype of the 3D doodler was made in 2012 at the Artisans’ Asylum in Somerville, Massachusetts. Then the company of WobbleWorks launched a Kickstarter campaign for fund raising on 19th February, 2013 with an initial target of $30,000. The fundraising target was met within hours due to the huge attraction for the 3D doodler. More than $1 million had been pledged by 22nd February and the final pledge was more than S2 million. There were many reward levels in the campaign according to the pledge. Some reward levels even consisted of a membership in the company. But due to the high demand of this particular product, the reward levels were expanded.
In the year of 2015, on January, the second version of 3D doodler was launched (3D Doodler 2.0) and again, there was a fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter and it yielded more than $1.5 million. The update of the 3D Doodler consisted of an improved version of the same. The update mainly included of the option of changing the shape and size of the tip of the 3D printing pen. It also included a quitter fan in it. The company started thinking about bringing some more new features in the next update, keeping in mind about the high demand of the product.
The inventor of the 3D Doodler even created a 3D Doodler rocket and it launched quite perfectly. There were many obstacles in making it because the surface on which the body of the rocket was being made was only paper, and it had to be ensured that the paper does not bend on its own, in turn which may hamper the shape and size of the body of the rocket.
In conclusion, I can say that the investors of the company have made a huge business in the market of 3D printing technology by bringing the 3D Doodler, which is basically a 3D printing pen. The high demand of these products and the demand of the common people for the use of 3D technology has grown even more.