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Drawing with 3D pens is a little like creating things out of thin air, isn't it? You glide your hand and out appears your drawing just as you imagined. In fact, the most popular 3D print pen, "3D Doodler", has a tagline that pretty much sums how it works: "It's a pen that can draw in the air! Lift your imagination off the page!". As Wired.com put it once, the "3D Doodler is for “anyone with a passion for making”.

You may be asking yourself how these magical-like pens work, and we're to help clear that up. 3D pens use the same type of filamet, often plastic, arranged into a spool of moldable thread that melts to create 3D objects that regular 3D printers do.

Given that this technology is already available, and is constantly being improved upon, how likely is it that 3d pens such as these and others like it will become staples for the home and office in the near future? We explore this idea in today's blog topic, find out the answer with us below.

A Bit About 3D Pens

3D printers tend to be popular with designers, makers and hobbyists. Thing is, these are usually large and bulky devices that - especially when you compare them to 3D pens. That said, with 3D pens This is literally something you slip into your pocket and whip out at a moment's notice. So anytime the creative bug bites and you want to ‘draw’ something - a 3D pen is a easy and portable choice.

It's no wonder that 3D pens have captured many's attention. Even WobbleWorks LLC., a major toy company, has joined in the 3D pen fever and began a Kickstarter fundraiser project on March 25, 2013 with a small goal of $30,000. This number was met in a matter of hours. In fact, the 3D Doodler Kickstarter program raised well over $2 million! And why not – this device is as close to being a magic wand that we can get to!

Your Current 3D Printing Pen Options

Amazon currently offers you a couple of choices over and above the highly popular 3D Doodler which has two speeds, a reverse option, comes with 50 plastic strands in 10 colors and costs you a little over $100
The Samto 3D Stereoscopic Printing Pen Grey for 3D Drawing Doodling is another option for artists, hobby enthusiasts, and other creative individuals. The 3D stereoscopic printing pen works on pretty much the same as the 3D Doodler. It melts plastic filament to let the user create different objects. This is defiantly a cheaper option at $70, but take it with a grain of salt - this one has mixed reviews. As always, it's best to check reviews before making a purchase. 

The 7TECH 3D Printing Pen with LCD Screen is a similar device also priced around $100. This 3D printing pen claims to prevent clogging and jamming for a trouble-free user experience. There's not too many reviews, but they are quite positive and mention that it's light to use compared to other 3D printing pens.

Scribbler 3d Printing Drawing Pen with Filament is another similar product with largely positive buyer reviews who claim it's "cool to the touch" and easy to use. The pen comes in 4 different colors for those of you who like owning a specific color of technology.

3D Printing Pens – Your Future Options

We shall soon see the 3D Doodler 2.2, a lighter, slimmer, sleeker version of the original. This will be something quite like a regular marker and will be hitting stores later this year.  According to WobbleWorks, about 130,000 3Doodlers have already been sold and the company has raised another $1.5 million to bring us the 2.0! This new version was unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year. If you're interested, you can pre-order this from the 3D Doodler store and even get inspiration from the Doodler community in the form of videos, stencils and other creative ideas.

Another new option is the CreoPop 3D pen, the world’s first 3d pen that uses cool (and not melted) ‘ink’ - or so they claim. Also, several features such as glow in the dark inks, aromatic inks and inks that change color with temperature will make this even more attractive for kids.This is a child-safe option that uses resin and not melted plastic filament, which is a great feature to have to make 3D drawing hazard-free for kids. After all, how many times do you see kids copy their parents?

Polyes Q1 is a 3D pen that also uses cool-to-the-touch technology.  One new feature is that it's the first to use blue light and multi-functional inks. For example, with these multi-functional "inks", you can make lollipops, Christmas trees, and windmills! Talk about endless possibilities. It's no wonder this Kickstarter project has raised more than 3 times it's original amount.

The Lix Pen claims to be the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. Also a Kickstarter project, it has more than 8,000 supporters who have pledged well over 700,000 for a $30,000 project funding goal.

So,how soon will you have a 3D pen in your hands? Do you think this is going to become a common object around homes and offices?

We certainly think so, given the huge amounts of interest and funding these projects attract. Stay tuned via our newsletter, our Facebook or Twitter pages to know more about printing innovations and to find the best deals for printing on your current printers.