The 3Doodler is a great handheld additive manufacturing device, though it’s classification as a 3D printer may be questionable. It does not print in an automated way, the material that it dispenses forms designs thanks to the creativity and skill of the user. Originally launched via a Kickstarter campaign the first designs with the pen like device were rough. As the new generation of the device has improved the quality, and users have gotten better at executing, the results of the work have continued to look better and better.
The handheld device works similarly to a hot glue gun. The pen like extruder heats individual rods of plastic to their melting point then pushes them through a small nozzle.
For an average user it may be difficult to create world class designs with the 3Doodler. But looking at their social media feed it is clear that there are a lot of above average designers out there. With only $99 dollars, and a few more dollars for some refills of various colors, here are some of the cool designs that show up regularly on twitter.
A Colorful Rickshaw with 3Doodler
— thinkgeekspam (@thinkgeekspam) August 8, 2016
2. An Andy Warhol with 3Doodler
— 3Doodler (@3Doodler) August 6, 2016
3. The Eifle Tower with 3Doodler
— Kickstarter (@kickstarter) August 3, 2016
4. A Desktop Trebuchet with 3Doodler
— Nicole Robinson (@NRobinson_teach) July 6, 2016
5. A Bouquet of Flowers with 3Doodler
— Kate Adams (@kate5280) June 29, 2016
6. A Face Sculpture with 3Doodler
— 3Doodler (@3Doodler) June 23, 2016
7. Hello Kitty with 3Doodler
— HolaNihon (@HolaNihon) June 12, 2016
8. Some Sunnies with 3Doodler
— Runge (@guidhouse) May 31, 2016
9. A Ridiculous IronMan with 3Doodler
— TechToys (@techtoyspk) May 27, 2016
10. Lego Accessories with 3Doodler
— Fraser McDonald (@FraserMcDonald) May 6, 2016
11. Paper Airplane Replicas with 3Doodler
— Anna Kelly (@annavkelly) May 2, 2016
12. A Freaking Dragon with 3Doodler
— Anna Kelly (@annavkelly) April 23, 2016
13. A Pile of Plastic with 3Doodler
Let’s be honest. This is what most folks will make right out of the box. But everything above shows there is potential to turn this pile into something amazing.
— Natalie K ? (@bookslover) April 16, 2016