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About a year ago, we took a look at the 3Doodler, an amazing crafting tool developed by U.S.-based WobbleWorks. Described as a 3-D printing pen, the 3Doodler uses plastic filament to let you draw in mid-air, creating physical objects instead of flat images.

Now we know what you’re all thinking: Where are those 3-D printed Mr. Sato statues we talked about making in our previous article? Well, it turns out we don’t actually have the artistic skills to properly capture the likeness of the head of RocketNews24’s Vice-President of Craziness. Oh, and also we’re cheap.

Thankfully, it looks like there’s a way to solve both of those problems. The updated 3Doodler 2.0 is easier to handle and less expensive than the original model, and there’s even a series of  upcoming workshops in Tokyo that’ll teach you how to get started drawing three-dimensional works of art.

The recently unveiled 3Doodler 2.0 boasts a host of improvements. Like it’s predecessor, it works by rapidly heating and then cooling plastic filament, letting the user create lines and shapes in space at will.

The new version, though, is half the weight of the old model. It’s also far more compact, being both shorter and slimmer than the original 3Doodler.

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One drawback to drawing with plastic filament instead of graphite is that you can’t just go back and erase plastic when you make a mistake. Because of this, using the 3Doodler skillfully demands a steady hand, but the old model required the user to continually press down the activation button to release the stream of filament, thus tiring the muscles of the fingers, palm, and wrist. The 2.0 version solves this problem by allowing you to keep the filament flowing simply by double -tapping the activator.

▼ You’ll appreciate the convenience when you’re 3-D sketching Notre Dame.

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The 3Doodler can be preordered here directly through its official website for US$99, with shipping scheduled July 1 In Japan, it’s already on sale from the MoMA Store here, which is charging 14,904 yen (US$119) for the item.

For everyone who loves art but isn’t a time traveler who grew up using a 3-D pen, the MoMA Design Store in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood is holding a 3Doodler 2.0 workshop. Lessons will be given on July 11, 12, 18, and 19 at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. for a fee of 500 yen. Seats are extremely limited, though, so those interested in participating should call the store to make a reservation right away.

Shop information
MoMA Design Store / MoMAデザインストア
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 3rd floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-10-1 GYRE 3F
Telephone: 03-5468-5801

Source: Fashion Press
Images: YouTube/Nakabayashi Corporation