3Doodler 3D printing pen: an amazing success story
Version 2.0 of the 3Doodler is building on the success seen by the first version.
The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that can print plastic “in the air”.
When first launched on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding fraternity backed the original Wobbleworks 3Doodler to the tune of US$2.3 Million and a successful product was brought to market. Fast-forward a couple of years and the second version of the 3Doodler was also announced on Kickstarter.
The second version was launched with a crowdfunding goal of US$30,000. It smashed this goal in just 16 minutes, and went on to secure US$1,552,256 from more than 10,000 backers.
Putting this accomplishment into perspective, only 94 projects out of nearly 80,000 successfully funded Kickstarter projects have achieved funding of $1Million or higher, with most projects raising $10,000 or lower.
The business has not rested on its first successes though, they have put some serious design into the 3Doodler 2.0 with the following improvements claimed:
a weight of just 50 grams, half the weight of the earlier model
one quarter the size of the original model
a fully re-engineered drive and nozzle system for smoother, crisper modelling
- reduced power consumption, and more.
Comparison between 3Doodler 1 and 3Doodler 2.0
Image courtesy Dynamo ®, copyright.
The business aims to fulfil their Kickstarter orders first, followed by their retail sales orders.
All in all, the improvements made for version 2.0 look impressive and it will be interesting to see what the 3D pen printing community can create.