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LIX: The World's Smallest 3D Printing Pen Draws Designs in Thin Air
LIX is the world’s smallest 3D printing pen powered by the electricity from a USB port and guided by nothing but your artistic instinct. Unlike 3D printers, LIX doesn’t require a program to guide the printing tip and takes less than a minute to heat up the filament inside it. The creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to further develop the design – more details after the jump.
The LIX 3D printing pen allows users to draw complex objects in mid-air. It can draw anything-from abstract sculptures to jewelry and T-shirt designs and only needs a USB port and a sufficient amount of PLA filament. The hot-end nozzle melts the drawing material and cools it down as it draws out. The structure remains rigid, creating complex shapes.
The pen is only 6.45 inches long, 0.55 inches in diameter and weights just 1.23 ounces. Its aluminium casing contains a 3.5mm-like jack for connecting to a computer via cable. The pen can heat to over 300-degrees Fahrenheit but only needs to achieve a temperature of 180 degrees to work.
With a sleeker and more compact form and a tip finer than most 3D printing devices, LIX brings out your inner artist and lets you practice your drawing skills in mid-air.
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