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Crazy or what?

3D Doodler

For Christmas my daughter gave me a five-year diary, called ‘Q&A a Day’, that poses a different question each day (which is a great gift, by the way, for anyone who likes the idea of writing a journal but doesn’t have time to spend hours writing in it).

Now the reason I’m mentioning this is because yesterday’s question was: Who is the craziest person in your life? and it got me thinking about how we define crazy. My Penguin dictionary says it’s ‘mad’ and ‘insane’ or ‘unusual and eccentric’.

We often think of inventors as being slightly mad, tinkering away at some non-sensical (I could have said crazy) idea that might not work. But then, what would we do without people who, not only come up, with non-sensical/crazy ideas but actually try to make them happen?

The 3D Doodler

Case in point: A 3D printing pen that, yes, you guessed it ‘draws’ objects in the air that are three dimensional. What, you say? That’s just crazy (see how many times that word can come up!). But someone decided this would be a good thing to invent and away they went.

The ‘crazy’ guys behind 3D Doodler are Peter Dilworth and Max Bogue, co-founders of Boston-based WobbleWorks LLC, a new toy and robotics company. They are so new, in fact, that the 3D Doodler is currently on Kickstarter, attracting a lot of interest and is yet to go fully into production.

The 3D Doodler founders

The founders as ‘doodled’ in 3D

Of the pen, the founders say: “Everyone knows how to use a pen, so we designed a 3D printing pen! If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use a 3Doodler. As you draw, plastic comes out of the pen, is cooled by an integrated fan, and solidifies right in front of you. You can draw on any surface and lift it up into the air to create your own 3D objects.”

They say its creative uses are endless: from making jewellery to ornaments, fridge magnets, to personalising everyday objects like iPhone cases. They’ve even teamed up with some Etsy creatives to demonstrate what can be done. But it’s important to note that this is an adult-only pen as it’s metal tip heats up to 270 degrees celsius (518 degres Fahnrenheit). Ouch!

Already they’ve raised nearly $US 30,000, which just goes to show that sometimes being a little crazy pays off!

If you want to find out more or support them, visit Kickstarter or their website.

The 3D Doodler latest model

The 3D Doodler latest model

And if you want to know what I answered to yesterday’s question … well, I thought a little diary diplomacy wouldn’t hurt and wrote: We’re all a little mad. Is that crazy or what?

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