The 3Doodler 3D printing pen has ended its Kickstarter funding with a massive $2,344,134 in pledges. With a goal of only $30,000 WobbleWorks LLC had modest ambitions for this 3D printer project which were blown out of the water after the first day.
For the various pledges from $1 to $10,000 funders will receive a 3Doodler pen for giving over $50 with additional extras for the larger donations. The single $10,000 funder will get an engraved 3Doodler pen, membership of a beta tester program and an invite to the WobbleWorks factory and join them for lunch and dinner.
As with any Kickstarter project funders don’t receive any share of the company they are funding, it’s against their rules, so no pledgers will benefit financially for these “investments”. The funders may not see their pledges as investments but the project owners certainly do. And the 3Doodler certainly looks like a project that will sell in droves once it hits the marketplace, and make WobbleWorks a tidy profit.
The 3Doodler has captured the imagination of the public, spreading through a “word of mouth” social media viral exposure, and it will bring 3D printing to a wider audience in its use as an arts and crafts tool. It will also be great for kids to play around with, “drawing” anything from animals to flowers and is only limited by their imaginations.
But there are some who are saying that it’s not a 3D printer at all, as it’s not controlled by a computer that prints to a 3D digital design. Perhaps the whole essence of a “3d Printer” is that it can accurately replicate a digital 3D object in the real world in a variety of materials.
The 3Doodler might just turn out to be a crafting pen that is only going to be a plaything of limited use for kids, but we think it will find good use to prosumer 3D printing enthusiasts. If your 3D model doesn’t print out quite as intended, or you need to join a couple of pieces together then the 3Doodle might just be the tool that you need. Using it as a glue gun for ABS plastic to join parts or to fill in missing voids in a model might give it some serious legitimacy to the serious 3D printing hobbyist.