In recent months there seems to be a certain craze when it comes to 3D printers, maybe this is because their price has come down, or the fact that there is now a greater choice for smaller versions suitable for the home? These smaller 3D printers are great for creating a number of products, and certainly offer a great service.
However, some designer’s feel as though they could go smaller, which is why there is now a Kickstarter project for a handheld 3D printer, with a price that is below $100. The idea and that price do look very seductive, but once you begin to look at a recent review it’s clear that there is some deception going on.
We don’t mean this in an illegal way, but when you are given a description of something, you expect it to be that very thing, but when you find out that it does not do what you expect, that’s when we feel as though we have been deceived.
You can see in the first hands-on with the 3Doodler 3D pen that it does not print out 3D objects, but rather draws them by using a plastic kind of substance. The easiest way to explain this is taking a glue gun and then starting to draw in the air to create a piece of art, or something like that anyway. Okay, so we know that glue guns cannot do this, but you understand the principle.
The Kickstarter project needed to raise $30,00 in total, but has managed to raise $35,619 with 35 days left to go, so seems like a very popular ideas to some people. Would you class this a handheld 3D printer or a glorified glue gun?