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Followup to Kickstarter success 3Doodler pen now available for preorder

Wobbleworks had an unexpected hit on its hands when it debuted the 3Doodler on Kickstarter in 2013. The world’s first 3D printing pen was funded to the tune of $2.3 million when all was said and done, and unlike so many other Kickstarters, Wobbleworks actually delivered the product it promised. That was not the end of the idea, though. A few tweaked versions of the original 3Doodler were released (including one designed for kids), but now the company has announced the first true successor to the plastic-spitting pen, the 3Doodler Create.

3D printing was really heating up in 2013 when the 3Doodler hit the scene. Firms like MakerBot were for the first time producing printers that actually came fully assembled. You could create objects out of spools of plastic right there on your desk. However, doing anything advanced required (and still does) some expertise with 3D modeling software. Not to mention the printers themselves could cost a few thousand dollars. The 3Doodler, on the other hand, was under $100 and required no special skills.

MakerBot recently announced its decision to stop producing its own hardware as the market for high-end 3D printers has failed to grow as expected. The 3Doodler is more of a tool for artists and tinkerers, though. If you can sketch something, a rough version of it can be made with the 3Doodler. It still might not live up to all your expectations, but it’s a lot less expensive than a full 3D printer.

The new 3Doodler Create takes what made the original successful and refines the formula. The device has a sleeker build, making it more comfortable to hold for long periods. It looks rather like a soldering iron, actually. It’s close in outer appearance to the recent 3Doodler 2.0.

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Like the original pen, the revamped version uses thin strands of PLA or ABS plastic that are melted internally and extruded through the tip where it cools rapidly. The internal drive system has been redesigned to allow the molten plastic to flow more readily. That should make the “lines” drawn with the 3Doodler Create smoother. There’s a transparent window on the side that lets you peek at the inner workings, and a light bar on the back to indicate when the pen is on and hot.

The 3Doodler Create is available for preorder at $99, a bit more expensive than the original version. That includes the pen, power adapter, cleaning tools, and sample packs of plastic. Additional plastic strands cost $10 per pack of 25. If you purchased the 3Doodler 2.0 pen, Wobbleworks will also offer you a 50% discount on the new version.

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