London-based LIX has created the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. the device enables users to doodle in the air; you can make anything in just a few seconds, including calligraphy, accessories and one-off prototypes. functioning similarly to 3D printers, the LIX quickly melts and cools colored plastic, which enables the pen to create rigid and freestanding structures on demand. milled from aluminum, it measures 164mm x 14mm (approx 6.5″ x .5″), and includes a power cable that plugs into any traditional USB port for charging.
The Lix Pen`s initial goal was to hit at least £30,000 in 30 days, but at the time of publication Lix has raised £303,066 and a total of 3,475 backers with 27 days still left to go.
Lix has a hot-end nozzle that sees the exit of the plastic filament ABS/PLA, which is introduced in the upper extremity of Lix Pen. The filament goes through a patented mechanism while moving through the pen to finally reach the hot-end nozzle, which melts and cools it down.
Made from aluminium, the Lix Pen is not too dissimilar in size from your average biro, making it very portable. It`s also powered by USB, so can be used in any country with the local adapters.
However, bringing the pen to fruition hasn`t been simple, as the makers said that they experienced various challenges when designing the pen.
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