The world of 3D printing doesn’t suffer from a lack of diversity. It seems like there’s a 3D printer out there for just about any need and any budget.
There are desktop models, mid-size options and massive, industrial-grade printers, too. There are also super-compact, pen style printing options that offer a lower cost of entry, as well as unique capabilities. The Scribble 3D printing pen that just debuted on Kickstarter offers that low price, but also some unique features not found with other printing pens.
What’s the Scribble About?
According to the creators, Scribble is, “the world’s smallest, least expensive 3D printing pen.” However, it doesn’t suffer from a lack of features or functionality, despite its diminutive size and matching price tag.
Like other 3D printing pens, Scribble lets you draw on the air, without the need for paper or any other substrate. However, unlike some options out there, it actually offers very good adhesion, and works much more like a desktop 3D printer.
According to Austin Kelly, the pen’s developer, “The product features an LED display screen and fits perfectly in your hand, giving you extreme comfort and accurate precision while you draw your favorite things.”
Of course, designing the Scribble wasn’t without its pitfalls. Size was one of the major hurdles they faced.
Reducing the pen’s size while not eliminating any necessary functionality wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but judging by the results, the team managed it quite successfully.
While no one is likely to use a 3D printing pen for any serious production, even for making items to use around the home, there are quite a few different applications that it’s ideal to handle. One of those is just relaxing and doodling – in a dramatically different way than with a pencil on paper. However, it’s also a handy tool to have for rough sketches and for developing concepts that will eventually go to a full 3D printer.
Prototyping with a 3D pen offers a more organic, intuitive experience than having to use computer-aided design software, and it allows even those without experience or training in these programs to bring their creations to life, test them, redesign and refine them, and eventually create them full scale with a larger printer.
The Kickstarter for the Scribble 3D printing pen is under way, and you can back it right here. They’re already almost at their $5,000 goal, with 38 days to go as of this writing.
That means there’s still plenty of time to get the perks offered. Perk tiers range from a $1 thank you to a $49 early bird version of the pen.
$75 gets you a slightly higher-end version, and $100 gives you the full production model.
Go all the way up to $1,000 and score 12 pens as well as filament packs, PDF projects and more with the education package.