• http://post404.com/ Randall “texrat” Arnold

    Methinks some doth protest too much.

    I would like to think the 3D printing community was more inclusive– except when it comes to whiners and naysayers.

    • disqus_0yalNSWtO6

      Randall

      The 3D printing community is inclusive of 3D printing stuff but the 3Doodler does not fit into this category because it’s not a 3D printer in fact it’s not any kind of printer. Neither is it a world first.

      Whether you agree or not is entirely up to you (i don’t care either way to be honest) but at least the people in the article have put their point accross by no9t just expressing their oppinions but also explaining why they hold them. All you have done is used a few silly names like naysayers without attempting to contribute to the debate at all. I mean what are you going to do if people continue to knock this over priced glue gun, hold your breath and stamp your feet with your fingers in your ears.

      Either come into the classroom and contribute to the adults discussion or stay in the playground. it’s your call.

      Jez Pullin

      • http://post404.com/ Randall “texrat” Arnold

        How childishly ironic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/molitchhou Mike Molitch-Hou

    I noticed this dissent on Twitter and thought it was really funny. I had no idea that it was such a controversial product! I do sort of think of it as a high-powered glue gun and a novelty to an extent, but it’s a cool novelty that I think acts as a signpost of how widespread 3D printing will or has already become. Also, I forgot to mention in my post that Scott Crump of Stratasys came up with fused deposition modeling when, according to Wikipedia, “he decided to make a toy frog for his young daughter using a glue gun loaded with a mixture of polyethylene and candle wax.” So maybe Scott Crump would say that a 3D printer is already a sort of modified glue gun.

  • Ben Malouf

    I bought one almost immediately after landing on the kick starter page. No it’s not a 3d printer . Yes it’s a glorified hot glue gun (with a motor, much hotter tip, and more precise orifice). But would these people be so pissed if it hadn’t been so successful? I bought one because I thought it might be a handy tool to use in conjunction with my printers for repairs and adding “rounds” to otherwise weak inside corners.

    That said, the artist in me will invariably try to make a sculpture with it,fail to make anything remotely worth displaying or giving away , and scrap the effort. And so will 20,000 other people.

    • http://post404.com/ Randall “texrat” Arnold

      Agreed 100%.

      The complainers are missing the big picture. No, this isn’t at all 3D printer as industry veterans understand it, but that’s a very minor point of contention. This little device has served to attach “cool” to additive manufacturing even if it doesn’t meet a purist’s definition. It fits in a broader category that maybe needs defining now.

      I suspect you’re right that this little gadget is suffering the double-edged sword of popularity. It’s a glorified glue gun! But it’s something that actually could have been introduced many years ago, and I think some of the 3D printing “old guard” are miffed that something so basic, so “should have been obvious” is getting so much attention (and money).

      But I believe that attention is a good thing. So let’s think inclusive and maybe craft a term that includes SLA, FDM, sintering and the 3Doodler in one big, cool tent.

  • RichRap

    $1.8M as I type this, I have been watching the sales climb and at no point did I feel the need to own one. It will be interesting to see if their patent (if granted) helps to stave off a rush of clones. Or more likely this will be a one hit wonder product, a nice idea but ultimately can’t go much further with this technology. They have done a great job on social marketing of this product, you can’t deny that!

    I would be personally worried about health concerns of using this with ABS, close proximity of use, slow or static feed rates at high temperature would cause fumes and (for me anyway) great discomfort, this sadly stops me even wanting to use one or making a similar product.

    If you want your kids doing safe creative sudo-3D stuff, use Icing sugar and a piping syringe :)

    I do wish them well and hope they really can make a dream product for some of the backers. What’s most interesting to me will be the reaction of the users when they get it in their hands.

    • http://twitter.com/RPES12 Rachel Park

      Well my reactions will be posted … going to rope a few others in too :)

    • Nils Hitze

      Thank Rich – very helpful insights – once you said Icing i immediately thought of a Frostruder to go

  • http://twitter.com/ploogn Ploog’n Power Stands

    Fantastic debate! Tnanks Rachel and all.

  • e_is_real_i_isnt

    The overlooked feature of the 3Doodler is the cooling fan that causes the filament to solidify very rapidly after it leaves the nozzle. This is the feature that distinguishes it from glue guns and plastic welders.

  • Bryan Kidder

    I see it as a useful tool for the rep rap users to fill spaces in their 3d printed parts. other than that I agree its a glorified glue gun.

  • Chris KM

    I got mine over the weekend, realized it was a glorified glue gun, although still kind of novel, made a few cool things, and now the damn thing is broken. 4 days old. I could see a better built and designed version being fun for kids, but what they made, for the price, SUCKs.

  • Dennis MacLaren

    I have the 3Doodler…….. Its busted not working after just one week…….. I know it’s my fault I did not use Doodler brand filament….. The cost of Doodler brand… let me say this go shopping and compare
    I want to do a large volume of 3Doodling the cost of 3Doodler brand is cost prohibitive on a large volume… I am just a peep that spent money on it and I am giving my end user review….. it’s a lemon

    • Dennis MacLaren

      Oh yeah forgot to tell I have been in contact with one of the co-founders….. I could get a fix for free….. I said no… If I have to use only your brand filament it is of no use to me

  • greggwon

    Those who have one, and have looked at it, can see that there is a “server” control port on it for driving the feed, and it has mounting screw holes for attachment to a robotic arm.

    It can be used for a lot more than a hand held glue gun. The real question is, will it be put to the other possible uses, or will it just be glue gun.

  • Alex C.

    I understand everyone saying it is just a modified glue gun that is a step back from 3D printing. I like it because I don’t see it as having anything to do with 3D printing. I see this as a new way of creating art and a new challenge to overcome (Because I have heard that it is not easy at first)