The number of applications available for 3D printers continues to expand, both from a business and hobbyist perspective. One subcategory of the 3D printing craze that has started to gain traction is 3D printer pens. Starting with the 3Doodler pen, which raised more than $2.3 million on Kickstarter last March, the market has continued to grow. There have been a few other devices that have been released since then. Currently, Lix Pen has its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which has already raised over £693,000 in funding. However, the madness does not end there. This week another 3D printer pen, Cloudio2go, launched its own Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
The new Cloudio2go 3D printer pen is very similar in construction to the 3Doodler, but according to the company it is lighter, making it much easier for children to handle. It also brings several new technologies to the table, such as a better heating process, smart standby, and a better way to deal with friction.
The company offers various rewards for those who support its Inidegogo campaign. Backers who contribute $10 will receive a pack of 30 sticks of ABS or PLA plastic, which are used in the pen as “ink.” Those who contribute $89 will receive the Cloudio2go 3D printer pen along with a pack of 30 plastic sticks. Additional and more expensive options are available for patrons who wish to purchase more than one pen.
The specifications of this device are as follows:
- Technology: hot melt extrusion molding build-up
- Print Range: Unlimited
- Spin speed: Adjustable
- Extruder temperature: 160- 250 degrees Celsius
- Nozzle size: 0.4-0.7mm
- Pen weight: 0.4kg
- Pen size: 22cm x 17cm x 6.3cm
This crowdfunding campaign will run through June 4 and seeks to raise $5,000 for the company. Please note that this is an Indiegogo flexible funding campaign, which means that Cloudio2go does not need to reach their stated goal of $5,000 to receive the funds they have raised. For more information and details on how to support the Cloudio3go printer, please visit their Indiegogo campaign. Also see the Cloudio2go forum thread on 3DPB.com. Below is a video of the pen in action:
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