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It's a pen that can draw in the air! 3Doodler is the 3D printing pen you can hold in your hand. Lift your imagination off the page!
It's a pen that can draw in the air! 3Doodler is the 3D printing pen you can hold in your hand. Lift your imagination off the page!
26,457 backers pledged $2,344,134 to help bring this project to life.

3Doodler Feature Update!


We've been hinting for a while that there will be some secret feature additions to your 3Doodlers. We're now thrilled to announce what we hope will be the first of many enhancements to the world's first 3D printing pen!

1. A protective silicone tip cover which will protect your fingers from most of the heated extruder, addressing a number of safety concerns.

2. A mounting area built into the back of the pen, allowing any hardcore maker to connect their 3Doodler to a CNC arm, a Lego Mindstorm or anything else your imagination can come up with - effectively adding to the 3Doodler's 3D printing capabilities.

3. A three-pin control port for the speed buttons, which can be used to control extrusion without actually touching the 3Doodler. We'll be providing guidance on how to use this in due course.

The first pens will be shipping in the next few days! We've already been in touch with our Early Bird backers to get up to date shipping addresses, so please keep an eye out for any messages from us as your shipping date draws closer.

The 3Doodler Team

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    1. Missing avatar

      Carl Baltrunas on

      @Amanda: Thanks, but I am an October backer, so I'm expecting to see one in less than a month. We'll see how things go with extra bags of plastic.

    2. Amanda A on

      @sam: confirmed on reddit, mounting holes are 3mm

    3. Amanda A on

      @Sam - That is a good question. I would think/hope that they are metric, as those are plenty easy to find here in the USA.

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      sam coupland on

      It occurs to me, if those mounting holes are threaded (do I see a brass insert) is it hopefully a metric thread?

      It's actually really difficult to get (especially small or fine) imperial threads in the UK nowdays, and almost impossible in the rest of europe. I have been known to be forced to import at great expense fasteners from the US when repairing old bits of kit now.

    5. Amanda A on

      @Brett: Shipping for September backers will be on the 30th of this month. October should be in a few weeks. All pens are on track to ship on time though.

    6. BrettRed on

      So is there a ship date yet?

    7. Amanda A on

      @Carl - That option is closed, though if you are a much later backer (beyond the October slot) there may be a possibility if you contact them directly. Near the start of the Kickstarter, I believe they had an estimate that the bags of plastic would retail for $5-7, though that was so long ago and simply an estimate, that I won't look up the exact number they listed.

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      Marlowe Hermanovski on

      Can't wait to play with this pen!!

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      Tirinium on

      Photo 3 shows the Extrusion as part of the design, is this correct or is this a click on option?
      Seems to me it could cause balance issues if its part of the originakl casing

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      @Carl; I can beat that...
      On the P112 SingleBoardComputer the KS ended Nov. 12 2012, the estiamted delivery was Dec. 2012, and the 'click-n-Ship' notification came about a week ago...

    11. Christine greig on

      As your making the model can anything be joined to the plastics so it can fold/hold as part of the design structure...

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      Carl Baltrunas on

      Oh yes, And I just love all the extras and additions we've seen you add to the product since it's original inception.

      I love that you are on-schedule and on-time! (I just received last week, the fruits of another KS project I funded, scheduled shipment was March 2013!)

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      Carl Baltrunas on

      Awhile back there was an option to upgrade from the $75 pledge to get 10 bags of plastic instead of just 2 bags of plastic. Is this still available, and how does one check to see if they already tried this or not. (Seriously, I don't remember if I did it or not)

      Of course if bags of colored plastic are going to cost less than $3/bag, it becomes a moot point. If they will be more expensive, then I may want to participate. Do you have pricing on separate bags of plastic yet?

    14. Amanda A on

      @wilfred: that seems likely, as they have suggested that October will ship mid month, so an email around the start of the month is what I would expect (if I was doing this, I may wait to send the next email batch until the previous product batch had shipped)

    15. Wilfred on

      Nice surprises guys! If I backed the option what said estimated to ship in Oct, should I be expecting an email to confirm shipping address soon?

    16. ismilealot

      Ready-to-be-hacked is right! This pen gets more nerd friendly with each update. It was a must-have when I saw your initial post on KS, now it's a Oh-God-Why-Didn't-I Buy-More! I've been planning all the dungeon pieces I could make with this, now my imagination isn't large enough. Great job guys! Two Thumbs up and cookies! Lots of cookies! (I embrace the dark side.)

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      kristen maksuta on

      Well I don't know why more KSers don't follow these guys' example, allocating only a select amount per month so they arent AS overwhelmed if they go way over their funding goal.

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      Diego on

      Each update makes me want the 3Doodler more

    19. Rick Mann on

      Options #2 & #3 are absolutely brilliant. Well done!

    20. mintu on

      @Gadgetman! thats what i thought first then i figured, think about the creative things u can do with a child by ur side...

    21. Josep M. Pons on

      So... To be in schedule is possible, in kickstarter!!!

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      Awww, man...
      My niece will be so sad when she gets some junk I pick up on the day before Christmas because I suddenly decided to keep this one for myself...

    23. Zane Amiralis & Joshua de Haan on

      that's amazing news! great iterations!

    24. pclabtech on

      I am very happy with these additions :) Just a word of caution, maybe in the future, create a cover for the remote control holes. Not very pepsi friendly if submersed in liquid.

      Can you say Foucault pendulum? Dangle your 3Doodler from a cable and let it rip!

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      John Villar on

      Instant arduino companion! Great update guys, this is the type of community driven hacker friendly project everyone loves to see.... What type of ports are those? is it I2C? Simple TTL pins?

      Thanks for this great project!

    26. mintu on

      any chance we could get a image with measurements of the mounting area? great news, amazing!

    27. Robert Griffin on

      I agree with Joseph Serrano. I really think that you guys deserve some kind of extra recognition or award for all of your amazing progress and success! Not only am I ecstatic about getting my hands on my 3Doodler, but it's so great that I will be getting this in time for Christmas!

    28. Joseph Serrano on

      You guys should have a medal on your main account for actually going with the schedule you provided when you first started. So when you put other inventions on here...people will know you have a good history of standing by your word

    29. John Martinez on

      That is freaking awesome! I *love* products that come ready-to-be-hacked! With mounting hardware and external controls, the bar to taking this pen and incorporating it into another cool project just got much lower.

      I am SO glad I supported this project. You guys rock.

    30. Kenny Walton on

      Do you think the pen will be to heavy to mount onto an EggeBot CNC

    31. Rasmus Malver on

      I very rarely bother about commenting updates, but this is such a wonderful development! I don't have a CNC, a laser cutter or a mindstorm setup yet, but the possibilities are enthralling and inspiring!

      This sets you apart from the companies of yesteryear, who would have made a lesser product, only compatible with their own overpriced hardware!

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      hashish on

      I'm proud to be apart of this project, not only are you guys forthcoming with info, but you are also listening to your backers. To top it off you are also right on time. Good job.

    33. Sharon Funston Estes on

      it gets more exciting with each update!

    34. Florian Horsch on

      AWESOME! The original will succeed! Carry on guys...

    35. Steve Baker on

      Oh, cool! Now I can bolt it onto the head of my laser cutter I'm sure there is a reason I need to do that, just gimme a minute here!

    36. masozravapalma on

      So that is why you couldn't show the back of the pen earlier. You didn't want us to get too excited :D

    37. Falk Polz

      Great! Like it... looking forward to get mine in hand.. ;-)

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      Delve on

      Was ecstatic to read #1; I'm less concerned about my 2 year old taking a turn with it. #2&3 made my cup run over. About the time my older children get bored with it I can introduce them to industrial aspects of computer automation with small scale experiments. 2014 is going to be awesome.

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      sam coupland on

      Brilliant, just a couple of weeks to go hopefully!

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      Peter S on

      Great update. And great additions! Keep up the good work!

      (Role on the October deliveries)

    41. Matthew Williams on

      Yes!!!!! RepRap Morgan extruder? This just got wayyyyyyyy more exciting. Bravo!

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      Helmut Gaishauser on

      hooray! A new use for my mindstorms kit!
      thanks a bazillion times!

    43. Zen on

      WHY? Why are we getting more than we signed up for? I don't get it! This is not what I've come to expect from Kickstarter projects!

      Most other hardware projects have lots to learn from this one.

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      Don Bailey on

      Very cool, I had been thinking it would be cool if it could be used as part of a CNC project... you guys must be able to read minds :) Glad I supported, you cause it keeps getting better! Now I wish I had gotten 2 or 3.

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      soleta on

      so is now a good time to ask for the final dimensions?

    46. Stephen Shaw on

      I'm getting excited! I've been thinking about things I want to make to get started.

      Great additions, especially #2 (well, I guess #3 goes along with it)/

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      Matthew Butchard on

      Great upgrades just what I wanted, now I need another hundred pens, a loom, a tower crane, and sprayable concrete!

    48. Chris Loneberg Gessle on

      Yeah - mounting bracket PLUS control port will kickstart a lot of crazy lego builds and rickety machine constructions, no doubt!

    49. Eric Lange on

      This brings the product to a whole new level. Way to go guys!

    50. Rob Lloyd on

      VERY awesome. Incredibly well run project. Very happy to have backed you and I can't wait for my new toy to show up on my doorstep.