The 3Doodler was one of Kickstarter’s most successful crowdfunding campaigns, raising over $1 million in one day when it was launched. In tandem with CES, the company behind the 3Doodler, WobbleWorks, launched a second Kickstarter to fund the second generation 3Doodler and, it seems, history has repeated itself. In just ten days, the 3Doodler 2.0 raised over $1 million in funding, more than 3645% its target of $30,000.
WobbleWorks Co-Founder, Daniel Cowen, reacted to the success of his sequel, “It’s incredible that 3Doodler is the first piece of hardware in Kickstarter history to hit $1 million twice on the platform. The odds of reaching such a milestone again are extremely low, so we want to thank our loyal community for their support. This is proof that the right product can succeed on Kickstarter for a sequel campaign, and we’re incredibly proud to be the first hardware project to do it.”
The 3Doodler 2.0 passed its initial goal in just 16 minutes, taking 10 more days to beat $1 million. In a press release on the topic, WobbleWorks lists just how difficult reaching $1 million on Kickstarter real is, with facts like, “Only 87 projects in Kickstarter history have hit $1 million out of a total of 194,616 projects.” Getting two projects to surpass $1 million is even more difficult, as the company adds, “There is a 1 in 2,236 chance of a Kickstarter hitting over $1 million once, and a 1 in 48,654 chance of a Kickstarter hitting over $1 million with two campaigns.”
Now that the project is amply funded, the new 3Doodler will be shipped out to customers in just a month after the campaign concludes. The early-bird price of $50 has, however, since been increased to $99. Weighing only 50 grams and less than 25% the size of the original, the new version will treat users to a quieter, sleeker, and more lightweight design. 2.0 also features dual speed control, reflecting the needs of 3Doodler users for a faster extruding pen. The complete specs are as follows:
- ¼ the size of the original 3Doodler, making it the same size as a marker pen
- Weighs only 50 grams, less than half the weight of the original 3Doodler
- Housed in a sleek anodized aluminium casing that looks beautiful and feels great to the touch
- A fully re-engineered drive system, for even smoother 3Doodling
- An entirely new nozzle design, for better performance and crisper doodles
- Enhanced airflow to cool the plastic even more efficiently, using a new quieter fan system
- Dual speed control, so that you can customize your Doodling experience
- A new double-click function for continuous flow, so that you can Doodle non-stop without having to hold down any buttons
- Manual temperature optimization, allowing minor flow adjustments for expertly consistent doodles
- More efficient and stable heating due to a reworked heating algorithm
- Drastically reduced power consumption, under half the voltage of the original 3Doodler
There are still models left to purchase via Kickstarter, but, based off the success of the previous version, it’s likely that you’ll see 3Doodler 2.0 in retail outlets near you later this year. If you do back the KS campaign, though, you’ll be treated to the company’s brand new FLEXY plastic for flexible 3D printing. It’s also not too late to get your hands on a gold “Bling Bling” 3Doodler, to give your printed doodles that Midas touch.