Polaroid invented a pen that produces three dimensional objects with PLA or ABS filaments. It is a hand-held version of a 3D printer. There’s a LCD display that reveals the temperature mode and filament. While drawing an object, an anti-jamming system prevents any problems. There’s also an auto eject feature and variable speeds.
The pens come with 10 meters of filament. The wireless version has a built-in battery and charging stand. There are five color kits available including blue, yellow, white, black, and pink. A total of 60 colors can be produced, and the filament is 1.75 millimeters. They will be available in March for $129 and $149.
PLA and ABS filaments are thermoplastics. They can be shaped after they are heated. Here’s a definition from All3DP.com:
PLA (PolyLactic Acid) is a biopolymer, i.e., a biodegradable plastic. It is made from renewable raw materials such as cornstarch or sugarcane. Aside from 3D printing, it is typically used for packaging material, plastic wrap, plastic cups and plastic water bottles. It is considered to be more ecologically friendly than ABS – after all, it’s made from plants.
ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene) is an oil-based plastic. It is a tough material that can be used to create robust plastic objects for everyday use, for example in cars, electrical equipment or even in the popular Lego bricks.