I usually have CNN muted on the TV in my office while I work, and glance up to see what's going on in the world from time to time. But, I didn't expect to see the 3Doodler printing pen featured.
Thanks to their recent success with a Kickstarter project that yielded well over $2 million, the two inventors, Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth, are going to commercialize the innovative product.
The 3Doodler concept is elegantly simple. Basically it's a repackaged plastic filament extruder that you can hold in your hand. I'm sure that a lot of 3D printing devotees are kicking themselves for not coming up with the idea first. Of course, just having the idea isn't enough. Bogue and Dilworth also had the vision to imagine what the product could be, and they had the drive, passion, and ambition to stick with the development for months, overcoming many hurdles along the way, until they had enough confidence to go public with their Kickstarter project.
Oddly enough, they set the original project target at $30,000 and would have been happy to achieve that number. Instead, and much to their surprise, the response was overwhelmingly positive - more than they ever imagined was possible. The Kickstarter project is closed already, though I was lucky enough to sign up within the first 200, but they do plan to sell commercial 3Doodler units for around $100 each later in the year after they ship all their Kickstarter commitments.