Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
LIX - The Smallest 3D Printing Pen in the World's video poster
Play

Lix 3D pen enables you to doodle in the air. This professional tool offers you the comfort and pushes your creativity to another level. Read more

London, UK 3D Printing
Share this project
8,030
backers
£731,690
pledged of £30,000 goal
0
seconds to go

Funded!

This project was successfully funded on May 29, 2014.

Lix 3D pen enables you to doodle in the air. This professional tool offers you the comfort and pushes your creativity to another level.

London, UK 3D Printing
Share this project
LIX
Project by

LIX

First created  |  4 backed

See full bio Contact me

About this project

www.lixpen.com

Music by: Marcus soundcloud.com/musicbymarcus

(some video scenes have accelerated speed)

(hi-res video vimeo.com/89303153)

Little Things Can do Bigger Ideas.

Lix Pen is the new era of communication.

Want to create what you imagine? How about writing and drawing without paper?  Writing and drawing in the air is now possible with LIX, a 3D printing pen! This extraordinary professional tool will challenge your deepest creativity

Basic Information about LIX

What It Is

Basically, Lix is a professional tool that enables you to sketch in the air without using paper.

Lix 3D pen is a dream coming true. With Lix 3D Pen you can create anything from small to big, from details to prototypes. It allows you to express your creativity on a whole new level. We are changing the world's view on 2D as we are now giving the possibility to make your creations in 3D in an never-been-so-easy way!

LIX 3d printing pen is the smallest pen that does not require paper.

LIX is the perfect tool for making writings, accessories, decoration pieces, art and crafts for kids, artistic jewelry, prototypes, and any different forms of drawings.

How It Works

LIX 3D printing pen has the similar function as 3D printers. It melts and cools colored plastic, letting you create rigid and freestanding structures. Lix has a hot-end nozzle that is power supplied from wall charger. The plastic filament ABS/PLA is introduced in the upper extremity of Lix Pen. The filament goes through a mechanism while moving through the pen to finally reach the hot-end nozzle which melts and cools it down. An interesting fact about this light-weight, engineered pen is that these structures can be formed in any imaginable shape.

ABS FILAMENT : Greater strength, flexibility, malleability and higher temperature resistance. Melting point at 356 °F and works at 446 °F.

PLA FILAMENT : Comes in a wide range of colors and levels of attractive glossy translucency. The plant-based origins have slightly less strength and flexibility than ABS and is also sensitive to moisture. Melting point at 320 °F and works at 356 °F.

What Is So Special About LIX and Why You Should Prefer It Over Other 3D Printing Pens

The product features: Smaller in size as compared to any other brands, LIX enjoys this competitive edge in the 3D printing market. Just handle this smart pen once, and notice that it fits perfectly in your hand, giving you extreme comfort and natural balance while you draw your favorite things with it. This ensures something worth discussing: Its smaller size has made it an ideal 3D printing pen for all those who want to give their creative skills a try. This is one of the reasons why LIX has claimed to provide that extra functionality to its customers compared to the competing brands.

However, this is not all. The essence of its outstanding characteristics comes from its level of smartness. The LIX 3D printing pen is proven to be smarter because of various exceptional reasons.  Have a look at some of them:

Attractive Design

Since this doodling concept is relatively new, most of us expect it to be just a 3D printing pen that proudly offers its exceptional benefits. However, it is more than that. For LIX, creativity does not end at its functionality. It aims to deliver its users more than just its characteristics. This calls for its attractive design, very light-weigh and made with sophistication. Lix pen is only 40 grams. Hidden in a very small pen, the superiority of its powerful 3D printer justifies its reflection beautifully.

LIX is made from aluminum, and comprises of trendy colors, i.e. Black Matte and Gray Matte. This variation of colors helps you select the one that suits your style.

It’s Highly Portable

The power of LIX is supplied via wall charger, which indicates that this 3D printing pen will be with you anywhere you go. So, even if you are away from your country for a longer period of time, and that the plugs are different, you will be able to use your LIX Pen without any difficulty.

A Technology That Touches the Peak of Professionalism

Imagine the fun with a 3D printing pen. Lix is designed to offer an entirely new experience to all the creative people out there, the enhanced dimensional features of the LIX help them come up with something unique and interesting.

So, if you are stepping into your profession in a groundbreaking way, then this small and smart 3D printing pen will help you add that spark to your work. Have a look below and see how you can make the most of your work through this miraculous pen!

If You Are a Fashion Expert

Who does not like beautiful embellishments and ornaments stitched on their dresses? If you are into fashion, you can imagine how time-consuming it is to select the right embellishments for different customers. However, you can make it simply by drawing your own!

If You Want to Excel in Home Interior

Add that extraordinary charm to the beauty of your home with your decor pieces made with Lix.

If You Want to Customize Some of the Existing Things

You can easily design new edge accessories with the help of Lix 3D Pen. Some examples include necklaces, rings, decorative items for your body, etc.

If You Want to Make Prototypes

You can make prototypes with Lix 3D printing pen rather than using computer-aided design programs which, can be complicated, expensive and hard to alter.

It Has Everything An Experimenter Will Ever Want!

This small device goes beyond casual fun. While giving you an imaginative, yet realistic opportunity to reinvent your childhood pleasures, Lix 3D printing pen is for you if you love to experiment different things. Just hold this amazing pen once and start doodling!

 Development part:

The technology, which is used in Lix Pen was developed from scratch. Our main goal was to create a professional tool which is easy to use and will have a high comfort. We redeveloped and redesigned most of the parts you find in 3D printers so that they fit in Lix Pen's small body.  

The most difficult problem for us was to reduce the size of the mechanical parts, reposition them and let them work together. We have met many technological limitations in the production of our parts for Lix Pen however, we found successful solutions for that. 

We are using a micro planetary gear motor, special innovative material with a very low thermal conductivity and many other things such as another gear box for the filament supply system.

When the mechanism was created and perfectly adapted into a 12mm diameter tube, our second task was to create a slick design based on user experience and visual side. On the final version of Lix Pen, we will as well introduce some little visual and technical modifications.

Risks and challenges

Please note that our product are still in development. We have a prototype that is fully functional which will be improved for the final version.
Right now the filament extrusion is a bit slow, we don't want to provide any specific figures about the speed of extrusion etc. because all this might change in the final version of Lix Pen.
Note that this is the beta version of Lix Pen.

You can take a look at our beta test videos here:

Here are some new unedited videos:
https://vimeo.com/96111809
PASSWORD: betabeta00121
https://vimeo.com/96111831
PASSWORD: betabeta00121
https://vimeo.com/96111817
PASSWORD: betabeta00121

USB 3.0 test
https://vimeo.com/94548519
PASSWORD: betabeta00078
Power supply charger.
https://vimeo.com/94548597
PASSWORD: betabeta00078

The first challenge we experienced was to reduce the size, make it more useful and finally within a great product design. 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.

Our biggest challenge, however, was by far, this campaign. We want to deliver this product to everyone — making something that never existed before, and deliver it properly. We have been working on this preparation to the best of our ability, to take this new leap forward, and what we need now is the encouragement and support from backers.

As you are all aware, 3D printing pen devices are attracting worldwide attention; however, there are not yet products that can drastically change our lives, in the way that LIX does, which are currently available on the market. This is a new domain, where the market for 3D printing pen devices has not been yet established, and that is why we firmly believe that we can provide an unprecedented and fulfilling experience, like no other, through the LIX project.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Plastic refills(straight ABS/PLA rods 1.75mm) will be available from our official web site or any other distributors shop.

    One bag of refills will contain 30 straight rods of colored plastic filaments and they will not cost more than 10 dollars for a bag. The exact price is not yet defined because we are still working on it.
    Length ~30cm (11.8in)
    Randomly selected colors.

    WE WILL OPEN SALES FOR PLASTIC REFILLS WHEN WE START THE FIRST SHIPPING.

    Last updated:
  • There is no difference between any "birds"! Everybody will receive exactly the same product.

    Last updated:
  • As a creator of Lix Pen we will strictly recommend to use the filament we have made specially for our 3d pen.
    If you could create a straight filament rod from the spools filament it will perfectly fit to Lix Pen
    !!! You are free to experiment with the spool filament but you will do it at your own risk!!!

    Last updated:
  • ** You will receive the first LIX 3D Pen with your name engraved on it.
    ** You will be present as our official partner on our website during 1year.
    ** Participate in all our important events
    ** Have an exclusive access to all beta testings
    ** Very important!! Introduction dinner with us!:)

    Last updated:
  • We will include ~1m USB power cable, and the power supply adapter.

    Last updated:
  • Once the Kickstarter's campaign ends on May 29th. We will ask you for the address where you want your order to be delivered. Please provide THE RIGHT information.

    Last updated:
  • The default order will be the black matte version of Lix Pen.

    Last updated:

Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge £3 or more

    177 backers

    SPECIAL THANKS : Thanks for helping us out! Keep up-to-date on the latest LIX 3D pen developments with exclusive updates.

    £3 = 5$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge £43 or more

    101 backers All gone!

    Very early bird: one LIX 3D pen Black matte or grey matte + 1 bags of mixed color plastic.

    £43 = 70$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £73 or more

    997 backers Limited (3 left of 1000)

    Early bird : one LIX 3D pen Black matte or grey matte + 2 bags of mixed color plastic.

    £73 = 120$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £80 or more

    108 backers Limited (392 left of 500)

    Get one LIX 3D pen Black matte or Grey matte

    £80 = 130$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £82 or more

    3,994 backers Limited (6 left of 4000)

    Get one LIX 3D pen Black matte or grey matte + 3 bags of mixed color plastic.

    £82 = 135$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £92 or more

    1,000 backers All gone!

    Get one LIX 3D pen Black matte or grey matte + 15 BAGS of mixed color plastic.

    £82 = 135$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £92 or more

    1,500 backers All gone!

    Get one LIX 3D pen Black matte or Grey matte + 5 BAGS of mixed color plastic.

    £92 = 155$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £178 or more

    18 backers Limited (17 left of 35)

    Statue - Decoration Item made by Lix Pen Team.
    Limited quantity.

    £178 = 300$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £593 or more

    20 backers All gone!

    You will be the first who will receive the Beta version of Lix Pen + 3 Bags of mixed colour plastic!

    £593 = 1000$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £2,425 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    We will organize a special diner for each partner.

    £2425 = 4000$ (approx. rate)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)