3D pen-in-air aims for professional heights

May 01, 2014 by Nancy Owano weblog

In the 3D marketplace, would a small, lightweight 3D printing pen, enabling doodling in the air with precision, really take off? Here's an indication: a Kickstarter project offering a 3D pen that is small, light and able to write and draw in the air passed its fundraising goal in hours after its Tuesday launch and the numbers are still moving north at the time of this writing.

The Lix 3D pen, from the company of the same name, was designed by the company's three cofounders to be a tool for drawing and writing. The small, portable, noiseless, and lightweight Lix is targeted for professionals interested in 3D printing, such as stylists, designers and architects. The Lix is promoted as having the distinction of being "the smallest and smartest 3d printing pen in the world." The Lix pen is only 40 grams.

The aluminum body pen has a power cable that you can plug in any traditional USB port to make anything in seconds. Operating with a similar function as 3D printers, it melts and cools colored plastic. That means one can make rigid and freestanding structures. According to the Kickstarter page details, the plastic filament ABS/PLA is introduced in the upper extremity of the Lix Pen. The filament goes through a patented mechanism while moving through the pen to finally reach the hot-end nozzle, which melts and cools it down. Structures can be formed in any imaginable shape. The promotional video shows attractive examples of how the pen may be used in fashion/design prototypes, sculptures and decorations.

The Lix team avoided off the shelf components; co-founder Anton Suvorov, quoted in TechCrunch, said, "All technical parts of Lix were re-invented and made from scratch."

A $135 pledge provides for a production , black or gray matte, and three bags of mixed color plastic, to ship in December.

The team said in the FAQ section of the campaign page that "Plastic refills (straight ABS/PLA rods 1.75mm) will be available from our official web site or any other distributors [sic] shop. One bag of refills will contain 30 straight rods of colored filaments and they will not cost more than 10 dollars for a bag. The exact price is not yet defined because we are still working on it."


Explore further: Researcher invents 3D printing technique for making cuddly stuff

More information: lixpen.com/
www.kickstarter.com/projects/l… ing-pen-in-the-world

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

MakerBot printers come to more Microsoft stores

Aug 09, 2013

(Phys.org) —3D printing has been around for years, well known and used by engineers and designers at big organizations. The real 3D printer revolution today is being seen among independent designers and ...

Hydrodynamics of writing with ink

Nov 21, 2011

For millennia, writing has been the preferred way to convey information and knowledge from one generation to another. We first developed the ability to write on clay tablets with a point, and then settled ...

Reuse, recycle, refill: Writing the future with green pens

Nov 12, 2013

While conducting a "waste audit" on select campus trash bins, sustainability-minded Berkeley students discovered not just to-be-expected coffee-cup lids but a surprising assortment of oddball plastic items, from plastic bags ...

Recommended for you

Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

Aug 01, 2014

(AP)—Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday that it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other sites.

Comfortable climate indoors with porous glass

Jul 31, 2014

Proper humidity and temperature play a key role in indoor climate. In the future, establishing a comfortable indoor environment may rely on porous glass incorporated into plaster, as this regulates moisture ...

Crash-testing rivets

Jul 31, 2014

Rivets have to reliably hold the chassis of an automobile together – even if there is a crash. Previously, it was difficult to predict with great precision how much load they could tolerate. A more advanced ...

Customized surface inspection

Jul 31, 2014

The quality control of component surfaces is a complex undertaking. Researchers have engineered a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on a customer-specific basis and integrated into ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

betterexists
1 / 5 (1) May 01, 2014
How is it useful personally?
If you have a Big Mansion with a lot of Empty space, you can ask the professionals to fill it all up to show it to others to say WoW...In a Museum to say WoW, AGAIN!
Personally, for all the rest....
A DRAW of Your Rear on a Monthly Basis.....SO AS TO COMPARE!
After entering the Coffin, Even You wouldn't give a damn for your rear!
eric_in_chicago
not rated yet May 01, 2014
Is it a glorified hot-glue gun?

those hot-glue sticks come in more colors.