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LIX: Draw in the Air with the World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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LIX is a 3D printing pen launched yesterday on Kickstarter and already funded by nearly 300%. Apparently this is going to be big. LIX is unique in the new market of 3D printing pens (including the 3Doodler) for two reasons: because it is very small and the fact that it can run off of a USB 3.0 port. If it works as advertised, those two factors will combine to make this one of the most useful and portable examples on the market – not to mention something comfortable enough in the hand to do some serious 3D sketching. According to the Kickstarter website, this is how it works:

“LIX 3D printing pen has the similar function as 3D printers. It melts and cools coloured plastic, letting you create rigid and freestanding structures. Lix has a hot-end nozzle that is power supplied from USB 3.0 port. The plastic filament ABS/PLA 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.”

Learn more about LIX in the video below, then check out their Kickstarter page.

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