About this project
Introducing 3Doodler 2.0
When we first launched 3Doodler we asked the world to imagine a pen that you could literally lift off the page to create real three dimensional objects; a pen that put the power of a 3D printer in the palm of your hand.
Two years later, we’ve made the world’s best 3D printing pen even better, with a new version that's slimmer, lighter, quieter and even easier to use.
Oh, and just like the original 3Doodler, it's still by far and away the most affordable way to 3D print. With 3Doodler 2.0 we’re continuing to make 3D creation and 3D design accessible to everyone!
How does it work?
Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure; and with no computers or software needed, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Simply plug your 3Doodler into a power socket and start drawing anything within minutes.
If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use a 3Doodler.
But you don't need to take our word for it...
Since we first showed the world that drawing in 3D was possible, we have sold over 130,000 3Doodlers. Our community has been using their 3Doodlers to create amazing things, going far beyond even our wildest expectations: from jewellery, to fully 3Doodled remote control planes, 3Doodled dresses, architectural models, and even writing braille! The creative possibilities are endless (and at times a tad unusual too!).
So just like the Backstreet Boys, 3Doodler's back, alright!
It was thanks to the support of the Kickstarter community that we were able to make the 3Doodler dream a reality. It was also here on Kickstarter that we began the process of building a vibrant community of artists, makers, designers, educators, as well as others eager to lift their imaginations off the page. Doodle by Doodle you have pushed the boundaries of 3D art and creation and inspired us further!
To say a big thank you for all of your help and inspiration, we decided to come back to the place where it all began, and bring 3Doodler 2.0 to you first! We are eternally grateful for all the support you gave us the first time around, and want to give you first dibs at creating with the new 3Doodler. It's your funding that will help make this a reality!
What’s new with 3Doodler 2.0?
Completely redesigned from top to bottom, 3Doodler 2.0 is the result of over two years of research and development, and feedback from thousands of users. Our aim? To give you the best 3Doodling experience ever! The result? A smaller, more ergonomic, and even more kick-ass 3D pen. We've also housed the new 3Doodler in a sleek metallic casing, so that it's jaw-droppingly beautiful and feels great in your hands.
And there's lots more...
As well as being the world's smallest 3D printing pen, we've packed the new 3Doodler with loads of other enhancements for smoother doodling in every dimension:
- a fully re-engineered drive system (the part that feeds the plastic through the pen), for even smoother 3Doodling
- an entirely new nozzle design, for better performance and crisper Doodles. As well as being technologically better it also looks way cooler
- enhanced and quieter airflow, to cool your plastic more efficiently and make it even easier to Doodle in the air from the get-go
- dual speed control, for a more customized Doodling experience (and specially for those of you who just can't get enough speed!)
- a new double-click function for continuous flow, so that you can Doodle non-stop without having to hold down any buttons
- manual temperature optimization, for minor flow adjustments and expertly consistent 3D Doodles
- more efficient and stable heating (or in other words, no stopping and starting while doodling!) and
- drastically reduced power consumption, under half the voltage of the original 3Doodler
It's also easier to use than ever before thanks to a whole host of other design adjustments. These touch on everything from the shape of the pen, which allows you to Doodle into really tight corners, the more intuitive button design, as well as the positioning of the LED indicator light and cooling fan.
Accessories & Plastics
With the launch of the new 3Doodler on Kickstarter, we are also releasing a series of exciting new accessories to supercharge (and beautify) your 3Doodling. These include:
- a DoodleStand for your pen and plastic
- a JetPack, a portable power pack that gives you the freedom to Doodle on the go (2 hours of non-stop portable Doodling with ABS and 3 hours with PLA!)
- a Nozzle Set equipped six changeable nozzles + a smoothing tool
- a foot Pedal, for more versatile 3Doodling.
With the new JetPack we're certain you'll be putting Banksy to shame in no time - bring on that 3Doodled street art!
So which pledge level is right for you?
We’ve tried to create pledge levels to suit everyone, from the novice Doodler to the seasoned designer or engineer, and for those of you looking for a bit of 3Doodling fun. Simply scroll down the right-hand side of the page and pick the combination of plastics and accessories that fits you best.
Every pledge level comes bundled with a mix of 3Doodler PLA and ABS plastic strands so that you can start 3D drawing right away!
Each pledge level is limited to one pledge per backer. However we have also created special double pledge levels for the 3Doodler 2.0, Accessorize, JetSetter and PowerDoodler rewards, as well as a special Family Pack with four pens and a bunch of accessories + plastic strands.
And if you're having trouble deciding which pledge level to go for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to ask us any questions that may help!
The teaching potential that comes with being able to draw in a new dimension has been truly inspiring, and something the whole 3Doodler team has been eager to get behind. Together with teachers and educators, we're working to make the 3Doodler a standard classroom tool, used for everything from teaching geometry, to making award-winning art, or producing learning aids for the visually impaired.
To support the use of the 3Doodler in education, we have created a special EDU pledge level for only US$1,000 (worth almost US$2,000), that allows you to send a full class set, loaded with x12 3Doodler 2.0 pens, a ton of plastic and accessories, as well as curricular materials to any school, university, library or non-profit makerspace of your choosing. You’ll also get a 3Doodler 2.0 and full set of accessories for yourself!
Note: We will require you to designate a recognized educational institutional or non-profit makerspace (as well as a contact there) in order to claim this pledge level. Full instructions will follow in an Update, and further details can be found in the FAQs below.
What if "I'm not artistic"?
If you can dream it, you can 3Doodle it! (Or so the saying goes.) The more artistically inclined of you will be sketching castles in the air in no time, but even those of us without that kind of talent can use the 3Doodler to draw on flat surfaces, peel off the Doodled pieces and join them together to make awesome 3D designs and creations. And based on what we've seen so far, previous artistic ability is not a prerequisite for 3Doodling greatness. Even those who considered themselves to be "not artistic" have gone on to Doodle breathtakingly impressive pieces!
There are a ton of places to find 3Doodling inspiration, including our Community Site, which has hundreds of freely downloadable projects and stencils, how-to videos, and images. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages are also frequently updated with Doodles of the Week, Community “Doodle-Offs”, and cool creations from around the world.
When will you get your 3Doodler?
We have been working on 3Doodler 2.0 for over 12 months and are inches away from pressing "go" on full production. That means we’ll go straight from this Kickstarter campaign to making your pens. Our first backers will get their new 3Doodlers within a few weeks of this campaign closing, and the majority of you will have your pens by April.
For those of you curious about the exact stage we're at: All R&D and prototypes (along with compliance testing) were completed in December, all components and suppliers have been locked down, we have finished our final pilot runs (those are the pens you see in the video and images), and the assembly process is being fine-tuned so that we can run as smoothly as possible when full production begins! All that's left to do is put the final touches to tooling and place our first large orders with our suppliers. Then we'll be moving like lightening and hassling our shipping partners day and night to get your pens to you ASAP.
We shipped our original Kickstarter 3Doodlers on time and we're determined to do the same, if not better, for 3Doodler 2.0!
No waiting six months (or even a year) for this one… ;)
We can’t thank the Kickstarter community enough for being part of this amazing journey, and we’re super excited to give you a first shot at the new 3Doodler. We know that you'll make the most of this incredible tool and use it to create Doodles that will blow us away.
For anyone who has not experienced the 3Doodler yet, now is a great time to start! And for those of you backing us for the second time, thank you again!
Is there anything else you need to know?
Yes! To help with this we’ve compiled an extensive FAQ section below, covering everything from the plastics that will ship with your 3D pen, to the shipping methods we’ll be using, details relating to taxes & duties (*sigh*), product safety, as well as the procedures for claiming the School Set pledge level, and much more.
We’ll be adding new FAQs as we go along, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with Kickstarter Updates, messages, and via the Comment wall.
Anyone who backed the original 3Doodler will tell you that we’d much rather reply to your messages than sleep, so please feel free to reach out to us!
Risks and challenges
We worked on the original 3Doodler for almost a year before we launched our first Kickstarter. Since then we’ve had two additional years of production experience, our team has also grown, and we’re doing things better than ever.
We’re ready to begin full production on 3Doodler 2.0 as soon as this campaign ends, but as with any physical item there are challenges to getting it right and there is always the possibility of delays (sometimes due to factors outside of anyone's control!). In our efforts to avoid delays and produce the best 3D pen possible, we are selective in how we choose our partners, conservative in setting our timelines, and, as always, we intend to spend a large amount of time in person at the factory.
Fortunately the 3Doodler 2.0 and the JetPack have already been FCC and CE approved (so that's another hurdle out of the way!), and our plastics are amongst the best certified on the planet, having passed full toxicological risk assessments and heavy metal testing.
Quality control remains a major focus for us. We have implemented systems to catch as many product issues as possible before your pens make their way into your hands. If an issue does arise once we have shipped your 3Doodler to you, we have a well-trained and helpful customer service team who will help troubleshoot any problems.
We can't wait to get you doodling, so please go back to the top of the page and pledge now!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter