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3D-Printing Pen CreoPop Doesn’t Use Hot Plastic As Its ‘Ink’

CreoPop 3D-printing pen

Th 3D-printing pens we’ve seen thus far work by melting plastic “ink,” which then harden as it cools into whatever shape the user chose to draw or form. Think of it like a glue gun in pen form that extrudes plastic instead of glue, and there you go. Bringing something different to the table, however, is CreoPop.

CreoPop takes the heat out of the equation, and it’s all possible thanks to the type of plastic that it uses: a light-sensitive resin that hardens upon exposure to UV light. Since it doesn’t use heat, it opens the door for many more applications and makes it safer to use for those who are normally clumsy and for kids, too.

The CreoPop will be launching soon on Indiegogo, where a minimum pledge of $89 will get you one of your very own. A variety of inks is slated for release, including glow-in-the-dark plastic, elastic ink, magnetic ink, conducive ink, and temperature-sensitive ink, among others.

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  • Aaron Davis

    Looks very similar to the UV-reactive resins used for dental fillings, it’s a shame that long-term exposure causes skin cancer.
    I can’t tell from the video, but he should be wearing UV-blocking glasses at the very minimum, and he also shouldn’t be shining the light directly at his fingers.

  • Monkay Mune

    Is CreoPop safe to use?
    Absolutely. Our innovative photopolymer technology means that neither the pen nor the ink gets hot. Other 3D pens might cause serious injury to skin or eyes as they rely on melting plastic. In addition, our CreoPop ink does not contain any toxic material and do not emit any unpleasant or dangerous odors. The UV light built into the pen is harmless and similar in strength to regular sunlight.

  • Aaron Davis

    Regular sunlight causes cancer…

    More importantly, the human iris doesn’t constrict under bright UV like it would under bright sunlight, and therefore lets in more of the UV than it otherwise would.