I have been interested in 3D printing since it started hitting the consumer market a few years ago. The thought of being able to design and print just about anything you want is so futuristic, it’s like having a replicator from Star Trek. Unfortunately, the price is still too high for me to justify having a toy to print the occasional custom action figure or random thing I find online. But there are pens that function like a 3D printer, so instead of 3D printing you’re 3D drawing.
I haven’t seen too many applications of the 3D drawing pen that really caught my eye…but then I came across this video:

How frickin’ awesome is that!?!
And while a decent 3D printer will set you back around $1,000, you can get into the 3D drawing game for way less. The 3D pens will set you back anywhere from $20-$100 depending on the type and what it comes with.

I’m not usually real big into gadgets, but this isn’t so much about the gadget as much as it is the possibility of what I could make with it. That’s the interesting part, right? If you want to, you can make just about anything from a little statue to a self portrait to who knows what.
I’m really considering getting one to play around with. And with a small investment (and my sub-part artistic skills) this is a perfect way for me to get into 3D drawing and maybe someday 3D printing. It’s like a 3D gateway drug.
I think it’s time for me to get a new toy. I wonder what the chances are of me getting this and my wife not noticing? I’m guessing it’s about 0.
What about you? Have you dabbled in the world of 3D drawing or 3D printing? What kind of futuristic tech are you interested in?

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