3D printing has been put to many innovative uses over the past several years, including being used to create artistic sculptures and even a house. Most recently though, the technology was personalized by a team at the Artisans Asylum in Boston and miniaturized to create the 3Doodler pen.
The new 3D pen uses ABS Plastic, which is also used by many full-scale 3D printers to create 3D drawings. By simply plugging the pen into an outlet, artists, innovators, designers and doodlers alike can begin creating 3D drawings. The technology is also similar to what is used in full-scale 3D printers, allowing the pen to deposit heated plastic, which cools and hardens almost instantly once it leaves the pen.
The project was pitched on Kickstarter.com initially and quickly surpassed its goal for sponsors and money. The pen has so far been used to create models, jewelry, art, fridge magnets, personalized touches for laptop and phone cases and much more.