iMakr.com has started selling the world’s first 3D printing pen that is available in the market, the YAYA 3D.
The 3DYaya is basically a copy of the 3Doodler which raised well over $2million in its Kickstarter campaign. This sort of success does sometimes lead to copycats producing their own product and this seems to be the case here.
Both the 3DYaya and 3Doodler work in a similar way to a hot glue gun but instead of glue being forced through the end, PLA or ABS plastic filament is melted within the pen and extruded like “ink”. The user can move the pen to “draw” with the plastic in 3-Dimensions and as the plastic cools almost immediately upon extrusion the object is “printed”. This freedom to create things in 3D appeals to artists, educators and children which is one of the reasons why 3Doodler was so successful on Kickstarter.
The Yaya 3D printing pen looks very similar to the 3Doodler differs in several small ways. It prints with 1.75mm ABS or PLA plastic rather than 3Doodler’s 3mm filament and looks like a slightly bulkier device to handle.
Once the YAYA is plugged in a red LED comes on and the extruder heats up until it has reached the temperature required to melt the plastic filament. Once the red LED has turned blue the pen is ready to draw in 3D. The rate of the filament extruding can be controlled with the two speed switch and there is a reverse button which stops the extruding process.
3Doodler are currently working to fulfil the orders for their funders before they start selling their product in the retail market. This has given their Chinese “competition” time to develop their own version and ship it to market before 3Doodler can. This might be a case that highlights one of the problems with Kickstarter, in that you’re telling the world about your great new idea before you have the chance to get the money to develop it.
iMakr will start shipping the YAYA 3D printing pen from the 16th August and it will cost £79.00, or about $122.