3D printers are quickly becoming one of the hottest new technological items that have a strong potential of soon becoming standard household items. As 3D printing technology evolves, items like 3D Pens are making their way into the market. These pens are marketed as playthings yet they are also useful to artists and designers. Companies such as Tech 4 Kids and Wobble Works offer a range of 3D pens and products but among the most recent offerings in this arena are IDO3D Vertical and IDO3D Go! by Redwood Ventures.
Redwood Ventures has been tapping into the 3D market since 2014 when they noticed how mainstream the 3D trend was becoming. “The whole process of 3D printing intrigued us,” said Andy Wiseman the Founder and CEO of Redwood Ventures. “The idea of making something out of nothing, or drawing things into thin air, these were big ideas that blew us away. But as we looked closely at 3D pen technology, we found that it was difficult to use, it was too expensive for most people to own, and there were safety concerns that presented a real barrier to our core consumer – kids. And so we set out to make a 3D drawing brand that would be easy to use, affordable, and safe.”
Unlike most other 3D pens, IDO3D Vertical does not use heat or plastic filament. Instead, these pens are designed to use cool ink that reacts instantly to the built in LED light which solidifies the ink instantly thereby allowing users to draw up, over and in 3D. Moreover, Redwood Ventures also recently introducedIDO3D Go! This is a series of sets that use the new IDO3D Vertical technology and feature detailed instructions to animate3D creations.
To date, the IDO3D brand–which works via patented technology–is in sixty countries with dozens of sets and dozens of colors available. Given the success of the franchise thus far, Redwood Ventures plans to expand the line in 2017. In fact, as early as the fall of 2016 there will be a color-changing 3D ink set on the market. The IDO3D items have also sparked the interest of professional artists which resulted in the creation of a second brand called the AtmosFlare 3D. The pens in this line are intended for adults; especially those who work in the fields of design or fine art. “AtmosFlare pens are finely-tuned devices that are perfect for more advanced artists, crafters and model makers,” Andy Wiseman explained. AtmosFlare 3D recently reached the top-spot on Amazons model-making category; something that Andy Wiseman believes concretes its reputation and drives the company to expand the series. “As we look ahead, it’s not hard to imagine special consumer applications that can be expressed creatively in countless ways, with a variety of devices,” he said. “We’re working on some promising commercial applications, too, so keep an eye out for our forthcoming releases.”