Mass. Inventors Create Pen that Writes in 3D
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (CNN) — Two inventors are taking doodling to a whole new level.
“It’s meant for doodling.”
Soon, the written word will actually be able to jump off the page because of these two Somerville inventors.
“The 3-Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen, which allows you to draw objects in 3-dimensions which sounds crazy but it’s fun and it’s relatively easy to do,” says Maxwell Bogue, one of the pen’s co-creators.
“This is a pen that actually draws the object, not just a picture of the object,” adds the pen’s other co-creator, Peter Dilworth.
This is the prototype. It looks like a thick marker and it’s able to melt plastic that cools instantly into whatever shape you can dream up.
Peter notes, “It’s a new way to communicate. It’s effectively a way for people to communicate 3-dimensional ideas directly to each other.”
To help get the ‘3-Doodler’ into stores everywhere, Max and Peter turned to the fundraising website “Kickstarter.”
They had hoped to make $30,000. They made $2 million!
“It’s completely mind-blowing what happened,” says Peter.
Maxwell adds, “The fact that there is no software and the low price, it really opens it up for everyone to experience this and start thinking about the world in a different way.”
Max and Peter stress, because of the hot metal tip, this isn’t a toy, but that could be their next creation.
“It’s something that was more like paint brush. You just hold it in your hand and you just literally ‘whoosh’ done. You just draw the thing that you’re thinking in your head.”
The ‘3 Doodler’ will cost around a hundred bucks and it could be in stores as early as next Christmas.