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Write Before Your Eyes! Amazing 3D Printing PEN’Draws’ Plastic Objects In Thin Air.

Imagine being able to draw a solid 3D object in the air, the way you might draw signs in the air with your finger. That’s exactly the idea behind the London-based LIX 3D pen, which can draw solid lines through the air with no need for paper. They launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their product off of the ground and have gathered almost 20 times their initial funding goal.

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The developers say the super compact design is smaller than any other pen on the market and it can even be powered by the electricity from a USB port. After turning it on the LIX takes less than a minute to heat up and you’re ready to start creating vertical illustrations.

3d-printing-lix-pen-2As high-tech as the Lix pen seems, the technology behind it is relatively simple. After plugging it into a power source and waiting for it to heat up, the artist or inventor inserts a thin plastic filament through the back that melts as it progresses through the pen – much like a hot glue gun. This melted plastic is cooled the moment it exits the pen, meaning that it can create lines of plastic rising up from their initial flat surface.

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The Lix pen is just the latest contender in the rapidly developing field of 3D printing technologies. Whether through 3D pens like Lix or table-top 3D printers, this technology has exciting prospects for creative and inventive types who want to be able to create anything from simple prototypes to complete market-ready products quickly and easily.

8b9616804222af9ba6027f36bcc25cf9_large a7bfc39188198c5ea2d2c725f112326e_largeWith a bit of practice, the pen’s creators have been able to create mind-bending works of art illustrating the pen’s versatility and capability in different fields. Check out this pre-Kickstarter video:

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Source: Kickstarter | lixpen.com

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