Hands-on review: IFA 2013: 3Doodler Latest version

Hands-on review: IFA 2013: 3Doodler

3Doodler mightn’t yet be a family name however those familiar to Kickstarter will certainly understand of the device.

It’s actually been among the highlights of the crowd-funding site so far: a 3D printer pen that allows you to bring your very own plastic toys to life. It was so in need that its maker Wobbleworks initially requested $30,000 in funding and by the end of its Kickstarter trip in March this year, the company raised $2.34 million.

IFA 2013 marks the first time that 3Doodler has actually been seen beyond a YouTube video and we’ve to admit that the outcomes are excellent – even if the pen does take a while to master.


WobbleWorks parked the 3D pen on a little stand in IFA’s start-up hall and when we arrived it was mobbed, the desk location littered with every permeation of plastic objects that budding design makers had actually created.

There were heaps of ABS plastic strips, too, and these are exactly what’re needed to power the pen. They’re the very same naturally degradable material made use of in the more pricey 3D printers around at the moment. You just feed among the colored sticks into the top of the pen and it’ll certainly make its means through the gadget, swiftly pressing the melted plastic with the tip.


The 3Doodler pen is chunky and noisy. It appears like a troublesome prototype gadget that gets the job done but it is not really exactly rather while doing it. It weighs an affordable 200g and is 180mm by 24mm in size.

When we were passed the 3Doodler, we were given three basic instructions: one button is for sluggish, one is for quick and certainly don’t touch the nib.

Not desiring hot plastic over our delicate journalist fingers that haven’t seen a day’s hard graft in their life, we went nowhere near the nib.


Now, holding pens doesn’t come quickly to this left-handed reporter. Ink generally smears, writing is spider like and, did we discuss about the spots? Fortunate, the 3Doodler is adept in both hands due to the fact that you are not using it to write but to build up a things. The paper is only there to touch the suggestion on at the start, then you raise the pen and start creating your plastic masterwork.

It does take some getting made use of to. We attempted it initially on sluggish and wound up with a huge plastic ball on the paper prior to we even began creating anything. If we’d actually wished to develop a ball then we’d have been successful but we wanted to create a feline.


Flip the speed and things seemed a little much easier, the plastic came out quicker and we might regulate the flow a lot more. Still, our cat didn’t look like a feline. It did have a tail though. This was because when you stop making your model, you’ve to flick the pen away quick. Otherwise, you’re left with an unpleasant wispy tail.

A few more goes and the fun starts to stream. You do have to be a touch imaginative and understand exactly what you’re attempting to make prior to you put pen to paper however you’ll certainly have a lot of enjoyable doing it. And, even if you do not have an innovative bone in your body there are stencils you can make use of to make things such as an Eiffel Tower.


3D printing has actually made the shift from dream to truth, however it still won’t be a household thing for several years. We’re sorry to break it to you however you’ll have to still by your iPhone cases and not print them from house for a good couple of years yet, unless you find access to a money printer initially.

But 3Doodler is an excellent 3D modelling go-between.


We can comprehend its over-whelming pre-release promotion because it’s so distinct – both adults and youngsters will certainly want to play with it and see what they can produce. According to WobbleWorks, the pen isn’t a toy, though – there’s a 12+ age limitation on the device.

This rating does imply that there’s a small concern with security. You’re dealing with hot plastic (the nib can get as hot as 270C) however it’s no even worse than any of the executes you’d come across in a design and innovation lesson – only a lot more fun.


The 3Doodler release date is this month for the fortunate ones who backed the Kickstarter task. If you pre-order now, then the $99 gadget will certainly arrive in February. Head over to the3Doodler. com to find out more.

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