Thinking out of the box: a HOT but COOL new 3D modeling tool

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I just spotted this in Kickstarter. I think it's got huge potential, and could be useful in a lot of modeling scenarios...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen?ref=NewsFeb2113&utm_campaign=Feb21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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Kind of cool but off hand I can't think what I could/would do with it.

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Bill, that's a great find. I think this is going to revolutionize how we do interiors, headliners, fill in seams and gaps on chopped models.

This definitely has great potential.

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What the good Doctor said....

For one thing, the hot plastic that's extruded from the tip is hot enough to fuse with styrene. I've tried hot-glue guns for mocking up heavy cut-and-paste custom work, and the hot glue melts into the plastic. Conventional hot-glue has a surface that won't take any conventional adhesives, fillers or paints. It is only good for fixturing and has to be removed.

BUT, this new glue pen uses ABS, which WILL allow conventional fillers, epoxies and paints to be used. Instead of a mockup-method that has to be removed like normal hot-glue, this thing can make permanant, literally 'welded' joins (or so I'm thinking at this point).

The extruded ABS is also probably hot enough to squeeze into small molds for replicating parts. Mini-injection-molding.

Think out-of-the-box.....

Looks like just plain fun, too.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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That is soo cool. lt using plastic it could be used in modeling. thanks for posting..

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Oh, and wait, how about using it to wire engines. How cool would that be? Run fuel lines.

I wonder if you can change the color of the plastic that comes in the pen.

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It looks like it can be used with about any color. With different sized tip-orifices, it could be used to make any size extruded ABS rod or wire, for what the Doc just suggested.

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Bill, you always come up with the coolest stuff.

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I would buy one, that is a great find. Now I would be able to do all the custom work that I have wanted to.

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The first iteration of this is going to be fantastic..... enough said... but it will be iterations 2 and beyond that will take it to the next level and make it really useful.... and widely available and inexpensive too..... NEAT stuff.

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Check back when it's finally in actual production. So far it's just an idea, a prototype, a video, and a ponzi promotion.

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This could be a neat tool for us . In a year we will find out.

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Of course, it's well worth mentioning that ABS doesn't bond at all well to styrene, as anyone whose ever tried gluing the original Plastruct material to an ordinary model kit can attest.

That said, it likely will have some model car building applications downroad.

Art

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Why would you want to glue styrene to your stomach?

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Why would you want to glue styrene to your stomach?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Good one, Mike!

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It's cool.....in a craft project way........my laser cutting table still has more potential than this pen for model builders IMHO........

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I'd like to see how well it works with models before I would buy one.

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It's cool.....in a craft project way........my laser cutting table still has more potential than this pen for model builders IMHO........

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A laser cutting table? :wacko: Perhaps you could elaborate on that for the uninformed masses .. what can you do with it? How expensive is such a device? I, for one, would really like to know all about it.. maybe some photos of the machine and what you have created with it? Please???? :) pretty please???? :):):)

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The laser table I run at work us a half million dollar machine

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I do not have any pics of my machine online....but the type of my machine is like this one.

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Mine is 12x18 table 25 watts. More than enough power for wood, matt, plastic and acrylics. The input for mine is from CorelDraw artwork. Anything you can draw can be cut and/or engraved.

It is only 2D but I have made many a model with mine.

Another body laser cut on my machine.

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More limited than 3-D printer but much more useful than the 'pen' printer.

Edited by Dave Van

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