A 3D PRINTING PEN claiming to be the world's smallest will make its way to market thanks to Kickstarter, which helped it raise over £300,000 in just three days.
Dubbed the Lix 3D Pen, the device allows users to print 3D objects freely by simply drawing in the air, working the same way as the 3Doodler, which also launched via Kickstarter last year and works like a 3D printer by melting and cooling plastic so it can be moulded into shape to form rigid, freestanding structures.
The Lix Pen's initial goal was to hit at least £30,000 in 30 days, but at the time of publication Lix has raised £303,066 and a total of 3,475 backers with 27 days still left to go.
Lix has a hot-end nozzle that sees the exit of the plastic filament ABS/PLA, which is introduced in the upper extremity of 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.
Made from aluminium, the Lix Pen is not too dissimilar in size from your average biro, making it very portable. It's also powered by USB, so can be used in any country with the local adapters.
However, bringing the pen to fruition hasn't been simple, as the makers said that they experienced various challenges when designing the pen.
Nevertheless, the pen is available now on Kickstarter for £82 if you fund it. The retail price is so far unknown.
"The first challenge we experienced was to reduce the size, make it more useful and finally within a great product design," the designers said. "We have been working on this aim, which was considered impossible - within the realm of the common belief in the hardware industry - to prove that they can certainly be possible."
The first pen we saw of this nature was the 3Doodler, which is available in Maplins now for £100. µ