Last year (I know, we are living in the past a little, but this is what we call evergreen, people), the only item on my son’s holiday list was a 3Doodler. What is the 3Doodler, you ask? Well, in case you missed their awesome takeover in the MOMA window display last spring, it is the world’s first 3-D drawing pen. Apparently, the founders are a friend of a friend. Hence, I became one of the first owners of this stroke of genius.
Perhaps I am dating myself, but I still just don’t understand how 3-D printing works, even though I have witnessed it in action. Unlike the pricey, complex large printers that often require sophisticated software programs, the 3Doodler is a freestanding device that simply plugs into any power socket. It doesn’t require any technological knowledge whatsoever—the greatest appeal to me! The pen, which now also comes in a fabulously bling-y shade of gold, uses ABS and PLA plastic strands to create almost anything you can imagine. “3Doodler allows people to push the boundaries of design,” says cofounder Max Bogue. Bogue and cofounder Peter Dilworth have backgrounds in science and linguistics, respectively. However, both share a passion for robotics. Daniel Cowen, the third 3Doodler cofounder, is the COO overseeing business development and related matters. It is always fascinating to see a digital start-up dream come true! This one happened courtesy of Kickstarter and, in fact, has been one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever. Who said doodling is idle scribbling? I don’t think so, collectistas….
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