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The 3D Printing Revolution gets its First Pen

This Could Be Big

Boston toy company Wobble Works uploaded a pitch video to Kickstarter of its newest toy, the 3Doodler, awaking a sleeping desire to write in 3-D.

The 3Doodler, a plastic extrusion pen that resembles a hot glue gun, heats up plastic filament to about 270 degrees Celsius, or 518 Fahrenheit. But unlike a glue gun, the plastic cools almost instantly, allowing you to lift the 3Doodler off the paper and draw in air.

In the Kickstarter video, the moment the pen was lifted off the surface to make a simple 3-D box donations came in at a frantic pace.

Almost immediately, the company surpassed its modest goal of raising $30,000 – so far, it has raised more than $2.1 million, with more than two weeks left to go in the campaign.

Wobble Works sees its latest gadget as an introduction to 3-D printing and intends to sell the 3Doodler for $75 apiece. Owners can download stencils to create different shapes, or upload their own.

Even though Wobble Works has raised a ton of money, it hasn’t received a check to begin production of the 3Doodler.

So, Wobble Works co-founder Max Bogue brought an early prototype to the ABC Studios to show how it works.