When the 3Doodler launched on Kickstarter a little over a year ago, it was met with enthusiasm to the tune of a little over $2.34 million USD. While it certainly broke the mold of what a 3D printer ‘could’ be, it was also met with certain limitations ranging from size to filament options…but that didn’t seem to slow down sales. With a height of 6.45 inches and a diameter of just over a half inch, the LIX 3D Printing Pen is everything that makes the 3Doodler great…in a minimalist’s sleek aluminum package.

LIX 3D Printing Pen

With an upcoming Kickstarter campaign of their own, LIX is certainly in the running for grabbing their own bit of the 3D printing pen spotlight. But as 3D printing pens slowly work their way into the mainstream, their uses for designers and engineers is still a somewhat murky grey-area. At this point in time, the LIX creators are aiming at filling the problem spaces seen in existing 3D printing pens (or to be more specific…the 3Doodler):

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In contrast, you can hear more about the development side of creating a 3D printing pen on an EngineerVsDesigner episode we released last year with Max Bogue, one of the founders of the 3Doodler at the height of their Kickstarter campaign:

If you’re interested in staying in loop leading up to their yet-to-be-determined Kickstarter launch, head over to the Lix Pen for launch notifications.

(Images via Lix Pen)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.