Stories about 3D printing are all over the internet. There are 3D printers that can print homes for only a couple thousand dollars, and there are even 3D printers creating inexpensive prosthesis.

 

This new technology is truly incredible; however, even the latest 3D printers are bulky and hard to use. LIX is looking to answer this technological problem and has now created an easily manageable and handheld version of the 3D printer — in a pen!

 

The LIX 3D printing pen is not the first of its kind, falling behind the original 3D printing pen 3Doodle. 3Doodle, however, was extremely bulky and heavy, making it nearly impossible to create straight lines and delicate art. The main selling point of this new LIX pen is that this is actually the size, shape, and weight of a normal looking pen.

 

In July 2013, the LIX company created its first prototype of the 3D printing pen. This April, LIX brought their prototype and vision to Kickstarter, where they now have over 18 times their goal of £30,000.

 

How the LIX pen works (lixpen.com)

So how does it work? Essentially, this little device melts and cools colored plastic. At the back of the pen, there are two small holes — one of which powers the pen, which you can plug into any USB port (your computer, your iPod charger, etc).

 

You then insert the filament — or the colored plastic — into the other hole. This is the pastel that the pen will then melt inside the pen. As you draw, the pastel will cool into place.

 

When all the inserts are in place, it requires a 60-second charge in order for the tip of the pen to heat up and get the plastic ready. Then, you are ready to draw and create your own amazing 3D printing art!

 

What do you think of this new device? Would you purchase one for you or someone you know? What do you think about 3D printing in general? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!