Airbus, an aerospace corporation, has just designed and fabricated a motorbike using 3D printing technology for the bare-metal frame which, at a mere 13 lbs., can support up to 220 lbs. Called the Light Rider, its frame is comprised of thousands of layers of melted powdered aluminum alloy, with each layer the thickness of a human hair. This alloy is supposedly as strong as titanium, and the software used for the Light Rider allows for even thinner, stronger objects to be made. The motorbike looks astonishing, and it will be interesting to see how well it drives, but in the meantime, Airbus has great plans for its groundbreaking software.
While the process of additive manufacturing is principally similar to that of the 3D printer, the home hobbyist opts for 3D printing pens mainly due to their affordability and ease. You may not be able to recreate the Light Rider at home, but you can make a scale model of it. For small kids, something like the Ido3dart Pen, which is little more than a glorified glue gun, is ideal for tracing out the basic shapes -- wheels, spokes, frame. Once acclimated to the drawing process, a pen such as the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen can be used to flesh out the bike's details. If you're already adept at drawing and modeling, the Lix 3D Pen caters to professionals who should have little trouble making a mini motorbike in the first place.
The 3Doodler Create is the latest 3D pen from the company that Kickstarted it unto the world. Unlike the aforementioned model, the Create is almost as slim as the LIX. Because of its size and accessories, it should bring closer the realization of that scale-model Light Rider. It features an ambient light bar, 2 speeds, 2 temperature settings, simpler control than its predecessors, and a new drive system. The Create comes with a power adapter, a quick-start guide, instruction manual, plastic strands in 3 mm -- instead of the standard 1.75 mm -- and cleaning tools. 3Doodler offers more than 65 colors and materials including Flexy, Matte, Glossy, Glow, Clear, and Sparkle. There are choices of changeable nozzles for 3Doodling in various shapes and sizes, and options for a portable JetPack, Project Book, or DoodlePad.
Easy to use, fun to play with and can be used to create all kinds of stuff. Their website is loaded with tons of ideas, from basic to ambitious.
Better than the version 2.0, and of course better than the first version...This one has a better way of pressing the buttons...feed is much better.
More comfortable than the first gen, and has refined the controls making it easier to use...They changed the buttons to be one click for continuous feed.
This pen is amazing...this one by far has the best feeding mechanism...If you have any inclination towards being creative, I would recommend this product for you!
Improves upon previous models by simplifying the controls and adding a new drive system for even smoother 3D doodling and reliability.
I am totally satisfied! This product works well and it's really easy to draw with all the plans that come with the pen!
The build is a little sleeker this time around...There's also an ambient light bar added at the back of the device to indicate when it's switched on.