The bot challenge would appear to exist, as so much in life, between the tool and the toy. The age-old struggle between work and play. And while both provide valuable utility to humans, within certain applications the distinction is difficult to discern. Especially when the tool is fun to use, like quad-copters, sea scooters or 3D pens. Although the vast majority of consumer quads are undeniably toys, many of them are toys with the impressive capacity and versatility of the tool. The tool of the professional diver, the DPV, has become the recreational ride to beat for the hobbyist. And the 3D pen straddles that line with offerings like the 3DSimo Mini.
3D printing pens, such as the Ido3dart Pen, can little be seen as anything but toys, confirmed by the price before opening the box. Offering the basic function of 3D penmanship, what they produce is often hard to form. Some work with non-ABS-based extrusion materials, like the Future Make Polyes Q1, which has a drying LED in the pen tip to add rigidity to structure. While of interest perhaps, they are still marketed to the 8-years old and up set.
The 3DSimo Mini appears to target the older consumer, and the professional one at that. The first notable aspect of the Mini is its shape. Not tubular as most pens, it is rectangular with a thin profile, making it easy in the hand. Extremely versatile and, owing to its high-heat extrusion tip – 914 degrees Fahrenheit – it can print using 11 different materials including industry-standard PLA as well as ABS, HIPS, PET, Thermochrome and composites. The Mini’s multi-functionality can be found in its exchangeable tips. In addition to printing, the Mini can solder, burn and cut, with plans to add a drill to round out its amazing capability. A mobile app and Bluetooth connectivity integrate the Mini with the user’s Smartphone or tablet, allowing its settings to be managed remotely. Quite the tool, and with temperatures like that, not one for kids to toy around with.
The 3DSimo mini is small enough to fit in the palm of a user’s hand.
It is a 3D printing pen, precision solder, burner and cutter all in one.
This small version is still capable of working with a large variety of 3D printing materials.
With its ergonomic and minimalist case design, the 3DSimo mini is a light and compact 3D printing pen.
3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes.