Can’t forget the, a 3D printing pen that oozes hot plastic into any shape you want to make. It captured the imagination of more than 26,000 Kickstarter backers who threw $2.3 million into the project. The idea was liberating. It didn’t take a huge printing contraption, it was just about what I could extrude with a steady hand. It’s no wonder other entrepreneurs have jumped into the pen fray.
The CreoPop 3D Printing Pen will inevitably remind people of the 3Doodler, but in a critical way it’s very different. He’s awesome, and I don’t mean that as a statement about his level of awesomeness. The “ink” is not melted plastic, but rather a light-sensitive resin that hardens when exposed to the UV light built into the pen. This glosses over the glorified hot glue gun review that has been thrown at the 3Doodler. It also makes it safe for use by children and anyone who is prone to accidental burns while using craft tools.
CreoPop is launching soon on Indiegogo with a Pledge Price starting offer of $89, including five ink cartridges. The company promises all kinds of cool inks, including conductive ink, temperature-sensitive ink, stretch ink, magnetic ink, glow-in-the-dark ink, and body inks that could be used for temporary tattoos or styling designs. henna
Additional ink cartridges will cost $2-$3 during the crowdfunding campaign. CreoPop says that each cartridge can last about 46 feet of resin lines.
The CreoPop certainly sounds like an intriguing prospect. The variety of inks is enough to make your mind spin with the possibilities. We’ll get more details once the Indiegogo project launches, though the company expects the pen to ship in early 2015 if all goes according to plan. It can make the whole world of 3D printing pen much more relaxed.