When the original 3Doodler pen dropped on Kickstarter back in 2013, it was an almost instant success. After reaching its initial funding goal within hours, the device — which at the time was world’s first “3D-printing pen” — went on to rack up more than $2.4 million before the campaign finished. Now, less than two years later, the company is back with a new-and-improved design that’s slimmer, sleeker, and easier to use than ever before. We took it for a spin to see if drawing 3-dimensional objects in midair is as easy as they made it look in that Kickstarter pitch video. Here’s what we found.

3Doodler 2.0 knocks the socks off version 1.0 in just about every way, but build quality and design are definitely the most significant. In addition to a new sleek new aluminum enclosure, the new version is also ¼ the size of its predecessor, so it’s considerably more comfortable to hold in your hand.

  
Honestly, you’re not going to make many practical, functional, or truly useful objects with 3Doodler — but that’s not really what it’s made for. At the end of the day, it’s really just a fun artistic tool. If you’re looking for a legit 3D printer that you can make useful objects with, you should definitely look elsewhere. 3Doodler probably isn’t what you want. That said, if you like the idea of drawing objects in three dimensions, without having to jump over all the hurdles that lie between ideation and creation (like software, computer models, and properly calibrated machinery) then the newest 3Doodler should definitely be in your artist’s toolkit!

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