If you’ve always wanted to create something in 3D without a 3D printer, you’re in luck. The 3Doodler is a pen that allows you to turn doodles into real life objects. The $99 3Doodler, made by Boston-based startup Wobbleworks, is billed as “the world’s first 3D printing pen.” Plug it into an outlet, wait for it to heat up, and voila, you’re ready to doodle. A plastic thread is inserted into the blunt end and comes out, melted, at the tip. As you draw, the pencil extrudes a trail of heated plastic that quickly solidifies. You don’t even have to stick to paper; draw something in the air and the object takes shape as the plastic cools and hardens.
3Doodler has been used in applications such as art projects and fashion design. Wobbleworks says it’s working with “several educational vendors around the world” to bring 3Doodlers into classrooms. Until then, students will have to continue scribbling with normal pen and ink.