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[February 21, 2013]
BRIEF: 3-D printing pen raises more than $1 million on Kickstarter
Feb 21, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A 3-D printing pen posted on Kickstarter has raised more than $1 million on the crowd-funding site after just a few days.
After being posted Tuesday, 3Doodler, as the project is called, quickly shattered its goal of raising $30,000, and is now just shy of hitting the $1.2-million mark.
The creators of 3Doodler claim that the project is the world's first 3-D printing pen. In a video pitching the project, the two show the device in action, creating small toys and bits of art, including an ostrich figurine. The video also shows a person using the 3Doodler to make larger creations, including a model of the Eiffel Tower.
"If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air, you can use a 3Doodler to create simple or complex objects," the video says.
The pen looks similar to hot-glue guns, and uses plastic to make its creations. 3Doodler heats the plastic as it goes through it, and after leaving the pen, the plastic quickly cools and becomes hard.
To get a 3Doodler, users can pledge $75 to receive the pen and two bags of plastic around December. There's also a $99 option that comes with 10 bags of plastic.
Those really eager to use the device can fork up $10,000 to get a 3Doodler by September.
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