By Jelmer Luimstra | 3D Printing
3D printing pens make an interesting sub-category of 3D printing. You’ll probably remember the 3Doodler, which was the first 3D printing pen when it launched in 2013. Well, the giant 3Doodler is not the only pen in the game anymore, as the LIX pen attracted the public interest last year – we wrote: finally, here’s a 3D printing pen that looks like a pen, and then came the CreoPop 3D Printing Pen, a child-friendly 3D printing pen with which you can create, inter alia, magnetic objects. Today we received the news that the company completed a financing round by funding organization 500 Startups. According to CreoPop co-founder Andreas Birnik the “commitments” amount to more than 892,000 dollars.
What makes the CreoPop 3D printing pen so special is the fact that this pen works with stereolihography (SLA) and a photosensitive resin. A UV laser makes sure the resin turns solid, so the pen does not have to work with a hot end of melted plastic. This means children can play with the pen in an easy way. This has not been the case with earlier 3D printing pens, which were mainly targeted at older users. With CreoPop, however, also younger users can safely make use of a 3D printing pen – the business idea is that they start with a 3D printing pen, and buy a 3D printer when they get older. And also important: because the pen does not use any melting plastics, there is also no sense of a bad smell whilst using the pen. The pen does also not require the need for a power cord and it fully works on a micro USB.
In a press statement, Khailee Ng from 500 Startups, said:
"We strongly believe in the 3D printing sector. CreoPop specifically will not only bring this game changing technology to wider commercial applications, but also into households. I grew up using Lego blocks to make 3D objects. This generation will grow up using CreoPop."
But what can you actually do with this richly funded pen? Well, the pen works with extraordinary inks, such as temperature sensitive inks that can change their color with – indeed – temperature. You could create a glass with such a pen and then insert a cold or hot drink to make the colors of the glass change. And one of the most extraordinary inks is the so-called conductive ink. Because they can conduct electricity, they can be used to create electronic devices, such as fridge buttons. The pen is also capable of 3D printing elastic objects with an elastic ink, or glow-in-the-dark figurines using a glow-in-the-dark ink.
The new financing comes on top of the 186,000 dollars which the company raised via crowdfunding on IndieGogo. The company now hopes to add its product to the American market in the second quarter of this year.
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