Since the rise of the 3Doodler in 2013, the idea of a 3D printing pen has become an international hype. Whenever a pen joins Kickstarter or IndieGogo, a massive success is guaranteed. Recently, the LIX pen got funded by over 700.000 dollars on Kickstarter, and now the CreoPop might have the same innovating qualities in order to cause a similar effect on their upcoming IndieGogo campaign. So what makes this pen so special? A lot of things, actually, but its most outstanding quality is that this pen can create magnetic and glow-in-the-dark objects.
There is one big distinction between this new pen and its predecessors. The 3D printing pens that have crossed the radar have all been working with a hot end extruder, which melted PLA filaments. The CreoPop however uses a different approach, which is called the stereolithography (SLA) technique. It uses a photosensitive resin as well as a UV laser to harden this resin.
So far for the technical part, because what are its capabilities? Because the pen solely uses a UV laser, there is not a hot point at the end of this pen, which means it is safe for children to use. A user can just press the button and create whatever figurine or object he or she would like to make. Because the pen does not use any melting plastics, there is also no sense of a bad smell coming along with using the pen. In addition, this pen does not require the need for a power chord and fully works on a micro USB.
But its most impressive qualities are its possibilities to 3D print several, striking materials. Next to its regular ink, it can create a lot of funny objects using extraordinary inks. The CreoPop can for instance be used to work with temperature sensitive inks, which change the color with temperature. The CreoPop website encourages its readers to print out an object and “try with a hot or cold drink and see what happens.”
Another ink category refers to conductive inks. These kinds of inks can conduct electricity, and as it seems they can be used to create electronic devices, such as this lamp pictured above. We observe a correlation with Rabbit Proto, a recently released app which can enable 3D printers to print electronic gadgets.
And have you ever heard about the possibility to 3D print elastic objects, while using a 3D pen? Well, if CreoPop is as innovative as it pretends to be, then this pen will allow you to create your own elastic figurines, using an elastic ink. In the picture above, the team has created a “dress for Barbie”, but we are sure there must be several more interesting things you can create using this elastic ink.
And then comes the 3D printed tattoo. If you ever tried a henna tattoo, then this picture above will look familiar to you. This 3D printing pen can be used to create a temporary tattoo on one’s body and face. Because the pen does not use hot plastics, a 3D printed tattoo won’t hurt you.
The pen can also be used to create glow-in-the-dark designs. Remember when we used to buy glow-in-the-dark-stars to stick them to our ceilings? No? Well, I do. Anyway, the modern kids might want to create their own glow-in-the-dark stars, as today’s techniques significantly allow them to.
Something that also strikes us is that the CreoPop also has the ability to create magnetic objects, like for instance fridge buttons. In the picture above you can see how the team managed to 3D print a tortoise-ish figure and stick it to their own fridge.
These are the possibilities and we are certainly amazed by what this pen adds to field of 3D printing pens. Imagine what might be possible in the future: 3D bioprinting pens? 4D pens? Well, guess not, but what this is all about is that this technique is developing rapidly and CreoPop is a perfect example of today’s technical possibilities.
The IndieGogo campaign will start somewhere this month. If you find yourself interested in this 3D pen, then you’ll find it good to know it will be possible to preorder the pen with two ink cartridges for 89 dollars. CreoPop will start to ship its pens in the first quarter of the next year, so you will have to wait a little longer to receive your personal glow-in-the-dark pen. The ink will be priced at just 2 tot 3 dollars a pop, and each cartridge can print about 14 meter at 3mm.
Credits images: CreoPop.