3D printing has taken on amazing new dimensions. Desktop printers of varying sizes and capacities produce 3-dimensional renderings limited only by skill, imagination and the laws of physics. Massive 3D printers using concrete for construction material have been claimed to fabricate several full sized modular houses a day. The United Nations has declared that 3D printing is not the solution to the expanding global housing crisis, but the people advancing this technology are working hard to prove them wrong. Like so much else our best friend, the computer, has done for us, the probability is that 3D printing will change the way we do things.
In order to catch that wave, 3D printing pens have appeared, to facilitate fabrication in real space as opposed to on a monitor, and to teach the next wave of young techies to design in 3 dimensions. They are marketed as toys in many cases with the common warning that children shouldn’t play with them. At least unsupervised, and with good reason as most of them get very hot and extrude yummy looking goo which can be hot too. Some of them are serious tools capable of a wide range of useful functions, like the 3DSimo Mini. The Lix 3D Pen is about the size of a laser pointer which makes for easy handling.
The Creopop 3D Cordless Printing Pen carries the standard "no kids under 12" caution even though it operates without heat. The Creopop works by utilizing Photopolymerisation technology with liquid resin. The photopolymers are light-reactive and are solidified by built-in LEDs which decreases set-up time. As with all printers, the ink is not inexpensive. The CreoPop comes with 3 cartridges which can be swapped out as demanded by the project. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a USB connector. The Creopop 3D has no heated parts, no melting plastics, and no hurt on the nose. The primary user complaint is that sculpting with squirtable goop from an oversize novelty pen in mid-air is difficult.
I have enjoyed using the pen to make all sorts of art projects. I am constantly finding new ways to use the creopop.
Maybe one of the coolest artistic things anybody could own.
Like all 3D pens, the Creopop can be a good way to introduce kids to 3D printing under an adult supervision.
Good choice for learning how to use since you can't burn yourself as easy as other kinds.
Got this for my grand daughter, she is loving it. Already have to order more ink for her because she is using it so much.
Creopop lives up to the promise of letting you draw in 3D space, but to become a true 3D printing and drawing artist you will need time.
Creopop's pen runs entirely cool, relying instead on ultraviolet light to set the special inks used.