Oct 23, 2015 | By Tess

CreoPop, the venture-backed Singapore based company that developed the world’s first cool ink 3D printing pen, has recently announced that their product will be launched in over 1000 Best Buy locations in the United States starting October 26th, 2015.

What sets the CreoPop apart from other 3D printing pens is that it does not utilize thermoplastics. That is, rather than possessing a hot tip to melt the plastic to draw with (some of the thermoplastic pens can get as hot as 270 degrees Celsius), the CreoPop has been developed to use light-sensitive ink, or photopolymers, that are solidified using LED diodes. Because the CreoPop does not depend on the melting of plastic it is an exceptionally safe device that can be used and enjoyed easily by both adults and children.

The CreoPop 3D printing pen also possesses the helpful feature of being cordless, meaning that while you are using it there are no cumbersome wires to be careful of. To charge the pen, you must simply connect it through USB to a power adapter or computer.

One of CreoPop’s most exciting features is, however, its selection of inks. As mentioned, the pen works by using an ink cartridge that is filled with proprietary photopolymers that harden once they are exposed to LED lights. CreoPop have taken their proprietary photopolymer technology beyond simply an assortment of colors (their assortment is impressive, however), as they have developed several special types of ink including glow in the dark ink, glittering ink, temperature sensitive ink, which changes colors when exposed to heat, and aromatic ink. The company also has three types that have yet to be released but are ‘coming soon’: an elastic ink (they suggest making clothing for a doll using it), body paint inks, which are possible because the pen uses light rather than heat to function, and a magnetic ink. The capacity of each ink cartridge is approximately a 14m (46 ft) long line at 1mm diameter.

CreoPop, which was founded in 2013 by Andreas Birnik and Dmitry Starodubtsev, has come a long way since its beginnings. In June of 2014 the company launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its third generation prototype of the 3D printing pen, which in just months received 464% of the funding it set out to make. They have since received a number of awards, including the 2014 Indiegogo Maker Challenge Selection, and a bronze prize in the category of best startup company for the SiTF Awards 2014. Now, with BestBuy starting to carry their product, the company continues to find success.

Andreas Birnik, CEO of CreoPop, says of the upcoming launch, “We are excited to finally be bringing the game-changing CreoPop pen to American households with the help of Best Buy. I grew up using LEGO to make 3D objects and this generation will grow-up using CreoPop…The future is now!”

Beginning October 26th, you will be able to purchase the CreoPop Starter Kit, which consists of the CreoPop 3D printing pen and 3 ink cartridges (red, orange, and cyan), at a number of Best Buy locations in the United States as well as through their website BestBuy.com.



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thatdontimpressmemuch wrote at 10/31/2015 10:37:48 AM:

would you CUT IT OUT, it's a glorified hot glue gun! there is nothing cool or interesting about waiting for resin to dry before drawing another line on top of the already cured piles of lines, saying it is 3 dimensional. puff paint is 3 dimensional and you dont see them revving up for a best buy launch or shameless media tour. please stop purporting this to be new technology or advancements in science or design or engineering. its a joke.

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