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02/20/2013 01:24 pm ET

3Doodler, World's First 3D Printing Pen, Takes Kickstarter By Storm

If you've ever wanted to see your doodles in three dimensions, you can now do just that -- provided you fund the Kickstarter page for 3Doodler, the first ever 3D printing pen.

The toy company WobbleWorks launched the Kickstarter page Tuesday for the new "pen," which extrudes thin strips of plastic onto any surface it touches. Just as the popular 3D printer Makerbot Replicator 2 "prints" fine strips of ABS plastic into predetermined shapes, the 3Doodler lays similar plastic strips onto a drawing surface. Since the 3Doodler lacks the precision of a computer interface, however, drawing with it may feel less like "printing" and a bit more like doodling with a hot glue gun.

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The Kickstarter page has already received $365,703 in donations, far surpassing WobbleWorks' $30,000 goal. The toy company, founded in 2011 by Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth, has also created "Flap-itz," a line of headbands with ears that move, as well as a pair of robot dinosaurs for "educational use with an entertainment value."

If you want to buy a 3Doodler, the Kickstarter page is the place to start: for a contribution of $75, you get a pen and two bags of plastic printing material. The WobbleWorks duo hopes to eventually mass produce the pen -- and given the initial staggering demand, it seems the price could decrease drastically.

[H/T The Verge]

Check out the slideshow below to see what artists have done with the 3Doodler.

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