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Write and create in thin air

Tired of writing with traditional pen and paper? Then you'll want to pay attention to Lix’s device. Their 3D-printing pen enables you to write and draw in the air by melting plastic

London: Tired of writing with traditional pen and paper? Then you'll want to pay attention to Lix’s device. Their 3D-printing pen enables you to write and draw in the air by melting plastic.

This means that at the touch of a button you can create freestanding objects in a matter of seconds.


Like no other: The Lix pen is the first 3D-printing device that resembles the size, shape and weight of a regular ballpoint pen. It will go on sale in September 2014. Pic courtesy/Lix

The London-based firm is currently seeking funds for its pen on Kickstarter.

The pen is 6.45 inches long and 0.55 inches in diameter and weighs 34.9 grams. It is made of aluminium and comes in black or grey.

Inside the pen, plastic is heated to 150°C (300°F), and then pushed out through the nib as a hot liquid at the touch of a button.

The plastic used is a plant-based filament, although it can also use stronger forms of plastic. When the liquid is exposed to air, it solidifies into shapes.

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