Drawing with 3D Pens – Not 3D Printers

3Doodler 3D Pen

3Doodler 3D PenBy now you’ve heard of 3d printers and all the cool things they can do. Have you heard of 3D pens? Using the same basic technology of the printers (plastic filament, heating source) you can effectively draw in 3D. Now, how does this change things for most people? Well, let’s take a moment to really look at options on how these things could be used.

If you’re an artist, you could create 3D art, incorporating a photographic background. You could create art on demand (such as drawing a person’s face) but in 3D instead of print. If you’re someone who likes to do crafts, you can create wall hangings, door hangings and other items. alternatively, you could take an existing item and add design to it that doesn’t have to be just flat paint. You can make something taller or more diameter or just about any number of things you can think of.

To actually use one of these pens, you plug it into a power source (a standard plug) and then feed the color filament through the pen (there are many suppliers of these filaments). As the nozzle heats up (yes it is hot, but there is a new pen in development for 2015 that is cold to the touch) and extrudes the plastic in a thin line that as it cools becomes more solid. You can used multiple colors and create truly fun and inspirational designs, words in mid air and just about anything else you can think of.

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