3Doodler, the world's first 3D Printing Pen raised more than $2.3 million on Kickstarter back in March. 3Doodler is a simple but brilliant device. It works bit like a hot glue gun but it gives the freedom of creation to everyone. Plastic is fed through the back, and then heated and extruded like "ink". The patent-pending cooling process ensures that the plastic hardens almost immediately on extrusion.
The successful story inspires copycats. One 3Doodler clone is 3DYAYA, created by a Chinese group in Jinan. 3DYAYA launched a crowdfunding campaign on its website and raised RMB31,230 (USD5,100) by June 13.
By end of last month, 3DYAYA started shipping its 3D printing pen to its backers. The price of 3DYAYA is RMB259 (USD42) which is a little cheaper than $75 3Doodler.
3DYAYA looks very similar as 3Doodler, with slight differences in details.
The 3DYAYA uses 1.75mm ABS or PLA plastic as its "ink" instead of 3Doodler's 3mm. There are two buttons on the front of the device: one is Extruding button which let you control the extrusion; another one is Reverse button, which is designed for reversing to stop extruding immediately and change filament. The key to control the speed of extrusion is located on the other side of the pen. When the unit is powered on, the status LED is red, meaning preparing. When it turns to blue, you can start drawing.
(Images credit: pconline)
Same as 3Doodler, 3DYAYA has also developed print-out stencil kits to help users create awesome objects.
- Size: 195 x 5 x 4.5mm
- Weight: 150g
- Voltage: 12V
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
3DYAYA is working to expand its supply in China. Still many Chinese think it has a crazy price... "It is just a sort of hot glue gun, but for RMB259?" Many claims. But online shop Goodluckbuy has something more crazy: a 3DYAYA is sold here for $112.34!
Update - Aug.9, 2013
Since one of our readers asked how to order this pen, so we tried to connect to 3DYAYA today. A young lady from 3DYAYA told us the price RMB259 (USD42) is for backers of crowdfunding campaign only. Now the price is raised to RMB368 (USD60).
But when 3Doodler is mentioned, she became impatient.
3Dyaya: You compare our product with something that is not yet made available on the market, there is nothing to compare.
3Ders: 3Doodler has got a big amount of orders, they need time to complete the orders first. Besides, their products were released earlier than yours.
3Dyaya: We have also developed for a long time. The fact that they released earlier than us does't mean they created it earlier than us.
Is our order volume not big? We sell hundreds a day. -- (3ders: their TaoBao shop statistics shows 172 pieces / month...)
You think foreign products so promising, who don't you go to cooperate with them?
3ders: ... I am just telling the truth.
3Dyaya: We entered the market first. The product that is released but not yet available on the market is useless.
Shortly after she deleted our account and disappeared.
Our intention is not only to show you how much "self-confidence" a cloner has, but also to remind you that if you ever get your innovative products on the market, be aware the copies can be on eBay after some weeks - yes almost every successful product WILL be copied. You can not stop that, the question probably is, what can you do to make this process more difficult. Any suggestions?
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Crafter S wrote at 1/23/2014 7:35:43 AM:
I now have both and have tested both. In my humble opinion, I think the clone is much easier to control. Simply because it does not have a motor fan to cool down the plastic and hence extruded plastic is still soft after extrusion and open time is slightly longer. That makes it possible for the user to form shapes. The 3Doodler hardens almost instantly and so there is no room for correction and this good feature became a disadvantage because it also makes it hard to glue pieces together. 3Doodler has this annoying motor noise which is absolutely distracting. Also, somehow the 3Doodler has some kind of sensor, not sure whether it's not enough heat or overheat, but the tool may stop for a few seconds and when the light comes back on, it lets you work again. But this interruption is annoying as it ruins what you are extruding! As for danger of heat, I don't see any worries because both are warm on the plastic housing, and my 7 and 9 years old kids had some fun last night with both tools. 3Doodler comes with 3mm sticks while the clone got 1.75mm coils. Coils are much better, because the straight sticks sometimes won't feed, so there's another chance of interruption for extrusion, then I have to start all over again. I got the clone from china taobao.com (but only in Chinese). Try typing 3D pen in the search field. I agree both tool won't make masterpieces, but good for some fun.
Nick WL wrote at 9/28/2013 1:06:18 PM:
I have TWO 3dYAYA pens - they're great fun, cheap and with a bit of practice and patience can be used to produce impressive results. I've placed one in a local coffee shop with prepared lengths of coloured ABS at £2 a length. People make things and enter them in a Christmas competition - the best entry wins a YUAYA pen at Christmas. What's not to enjoy there?
Dutch Arch. Student wrote at 8/29/2013 11:49:53 PM:
This is a dream come true for architect's. If I have to spent 40 dollars for a product that can give me this extra benefit of bringing my sketches to life it's a now brainer. YOU MUST HAVE IT! If you think that sketches with this devise are ugly... You better can doubt your drawing skills. I call it a weak apology to rip of this GREAT product! And for the discussion “doodler” vs “clone”. The only thing that count’s four me as a consumer is how can I get this product the fastest way…. 3D Ya Ya wins!
Andrew wrote at 8/12/2013 10:38:33 PM:
The only thing i don't see yet is an actual application that would justify 40$ or more. Just look at the pictures of the designs they created. The stuff is looking awfully ugly. Nobody would want to call that "Art" and have it on display in theyr house. It could maybe be fun for kids to use, but the danger of burning the fingers (or the house down) and somewhat unknown risks of inhaling plastic-fumes just raises a big red flag for me. I definately love 3d printers for all kinds of personal and professional applications, but the hand-extruder is something the world has not waited for imho.
JD90 wrote at 8/11/2013 4:11:25 PM:
Nick, specifics on why both products suck, please?
Jet wrote at 8/11/2013 7:25:12 AM:
It is not a bad thing if they can improve the product with lower price. But it is very bad if they provide cheap product with bad quality or even worse product with safety concern.
kram242 wrote at 8/10/2013 5:31:08 AM:
Maybe these ideas are based from this one posted back in 2010 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4156/#comments
Nick wrote at 8/9/2013 6:00:47 PM:
All of you are huffing too much plastic fumes. Both of these products suck due to the above.
Pikaso wrote at 8/9/2013 5:29:17 PM:
When is 3Doodler coming out?
Camera man wrote at 8/9/2013 5:28:33 PM:
3dyaya.com is registered on 8th Apr, it is only the date for the website.
Squid Ink wrote at 8/9/2013 4:40:27 PM:
3D printing pen is an idea, it might be good for more options in the market. At the end of the day, there are so many 3d printers that look the same. I am based in the UK, how can I get one?
Haitske wrote at 8/9/2013 11:11:19 AM:
Makibot's Scribble idea was announced in Nov.2012. 3Doodler was launched on Feb.18, 2013. 3dyaya.com was registered on April 8, 2013.
Bruce wrote at 8/9/2013 9:02:19 AM:
There video was uploaded 3 months ago and 22/4/ they released a photo of there prototype http://www.3dyaya.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/20130422-150847.jpg 3Doodler launched on 18 Feb I think 3DYAYA was probably doing the manufacturing for 3Doodler .... thats about 60 days to get this up and running, seems too tight to be a clone?
Don Clark - Atlanta GA wrote at 8/8/2013 7:47:42 PM:
Is the Scribble for sale somewhere? Please let me know. So where can we purchase the $42 CHINA version? There is no link on their site - english translation: http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.3dyaya.com%2F Here are other versions: $80 - not the same model/maker http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3D-printer-pen/1122766032.html $85 http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3D-Printing-Pen-3D-Printer-Portable-3Doodler/1180624905.html $94 http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2013-Primes-3D-printer-pen-3Doodler-Hot/1165766074.html $94 http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3D-Printing-Pen-with-good-quality-and-service/1165866576.html $147 http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3D-printing-pen-3D-printer-3D-printing-pen/1017363238.html
jd90 wrote at 8/8/2013 3:06:28 PM:
The "just a hot glue gun" thing annoys me, it suggests a rather bold ignorance of what it takes to extrude this plastic, it's not easy. However, I'd be interested to see someone try to use something like the trigger mechanism. I think it would need to be carefully tuned with a rate limiter to prevent accidental over extrusion.
Bri wrote at 8/8/2013 2:37:27 PM:
Yes copycats including the 3Doodler. The scribble, made by the makibot guys, was demonstrated 6 months before the 3Doodler ever went on sale.