The world of 3D printing is positively extruding options including 3D pens. Some are tools and others are trainers for learning 3-dimensional design. There are even toy versions, such as the Ido3d Pen, which are good craft pens for kids to practice on before they move to the big-kid items. The Creopop 3D Cordless even works without a heating element, making it particularly kid friendly. As for folks 12 years and older, pen options abound, such as the one presented by LIX, yet another product that is Kickstarter-funded.
The LIX pen is billed as the world's smallest circular 3D printing pen, which might be a fair claim when compared to the rather bulky Knox 3D Printing Pen. It is indeed an extremely slender pen, and very sleek.The issue of size should be a significant consideration as holding pens that are heavier may lead to wrist fatigue. The LIX 3D pen caters itself to stylists, architects, and designers. It boasts the ability that all 3D pens claim -- that of drawing in the air -- and at least according to the demo video, this pen might actually deliver. The main reason for this is the pen's ultra-fast drying and cooling time, which also contribute to the filament's consistency.
Like the Knox 3D pen, the LIX uses very high temperatures to melt the filament -- approximately 392 degrees for ABS and PLA -- which is in rod form, fed through the top of the pen, instead of the usual filament coils. This pen is comprised of a lightweight anodized aluminum unibody, a heat light indicator, and speed control for fast or slow. It's supposed to charge in less than 1 minute, and is powered by a USB cable. It comes with this cable and an external power adapter, 1 bag of black ABS filament and 1 bag of mixed colors of ABS filament. Both bags contain 40 rod refills, and the pen itself comes in either gray matte or black matte. The virtues of the LIX just may be worth the untypically high price.
The pen is super mobile, not only because of its size but also how it runs.
Lix develops 3D printing pen that is lighter and leaner than the rest
Like all 3D pens, the Lix 3D Pen can be a good way to introduce kids to 3D printing, under an adult supervision.
Lix allows users to draw in the air, in 3D, as the liquid plastic coming from it dries super fast to remains solid in the air.
Yes we have most notably the 3Doodler but the Lix is something a little bit more refined.
This 3D pen is small and easy to handle.
The Lix 3D pen is as small as promised, but there’s more to 3D printing than size; things like output and build quality matter a lot and the Lix does not really deliver.
It is really no bigger than a fountain pen. And unlike the 3Doodler, it does not need to be hooked up to a power socket on the wall.