Amazing 3D Pen at Ormiston Forge Academy

A revolutionary modelling tool called the 3Doodler has arrived at Ormiston Forge Academy.

The amazing 3D pen had to be pre-ordered from America over 12 months ago as part of a Kickstarter crowd funding project and students are now making the most of this revolutionary tool.

The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen developed by Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue of WobbleWorks LLC. It utilises plastic thread made of either acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (“ABS”) or polylactic acid (“PLA”) that is melted and then cooled while moving through the pen, which can then be used to make 3D objects by hand. The 3Doodler has been described as a glue gun for 3D printing because of how the plastic is extruded from the tip, with one foot of the plastic thread equalling about 11 feet of moldable material.

The technology department at Ormiston Forge Academy have been busy creating different models to test it, such as the Eiffel Tower and a wire mascot for the department. Members of the sixth form have been experimenting with the pen for their projects.

Teacher Jenny Onafowokan said, “One of our students has previously found it difficult to model his watch design for his AS level in Product Design, but the 3Doodler has made it easy. The flexibility of the plastic enabled him to model around the wrist and visualise his 2D sketches in 3D.”

WobbleWorks debuted the 3Doodler on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter with a modest fundraising goal of $30,000; within two days it had garnered more than $1.1 million in pledges from backers; it ended its campaign with $2.3 million worth of pledges.

Principal Andrew Burns was delighted with the acquisition, “We strive to bring cutting-edge technology to our students, not just read about it or watch it, but use the tools that will aid their studies and make them more employable.”

Omar Bashir, aged 16 from Cradley Heath, using the 3Doodler Pen.

Omar Bashir, aged 16 from Cradley Heath, using the 3Doodler Pen.

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