The 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is a fantastic concept. The pen heats and cools the plastic filament like a glue gun, allowing users to literally suck in air, as long as its structure can support its own weight. The first pen appeared on Kickstarter in 2013, and three years later, the creators WobbleWorks are launching the third-generation product.
The company says 3Doodler Create is lighter, easier to use, and has new, simplified controls that it says will allow new users to “get up and running in seconds.” The pen is $99.99 for first-time buyers, though existing customers get 50 percent off and free shipping if they want to upgrade.
The question is, though, do you really want a 3D printing pen? It’s a nice concept and probably a lot of fun to play with, but the wobbly quill creations aren’t exactly the sort of thing you’d put on a mantelpiece and don’t seem to have much practical use. It sounds like a nice tool for a school (imagine using one as a prop in a science lesson!), but you probably have to be pretty sold on the idea of buying one yourself. Hopefully we’ll be testing Create later in the year.