CreoPop last week announced that the company’s crowdfunding campaign has won the Maker Challenge on Indiegogo. CreoPop is the world’s first 3D pen with cool ink allowing users to create any 3D designs they want.
“We are honored that CreoPop has received this recognition as an innovation leader within the Maker Movement,” said Andreas Birnik, co-founder and Marketing Wizard at CreoPop. “While young, the Maker Movement is unleashing human creativity on an unprecedented scale and making a real impact across numerous sectors of society. We are delighted that CreoPop is recognized as a leader within this community.”
The Indiegogo Maker Challenge was sponsored by Amazon and was created to celebrate the first ever Maker Faire held at the White House on June 18, 2014. At the event, President Barack Obama proclaimed June 18 as the National Day of Making to celebrate the spirit of the Maker Movement.
CreoPop uses stereolithography and light-sensitive ink called photopolymers. While this has previously been used for professional applications within the 3D printing industry, CreoPop is the first application of the technology in a portable consumer device. When CreoPop is operated, the ink is immediately solidified by UV diodes surrounding the nozzle of the pen. This is in contrast to other 3D pens that typically rely on heating ABS and PLA plastic to temperatures of around 250 degrees Celsius / 480 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to representing a safety hazard, melting plastic also emits an unpleasant smell which is avoided with CreoPop.
“CreoPop enables makers all over the world to create whatever 3D designs they want,” said Dmitry Starodubtsev, co-founder and Übergeek at CreoPop. “The most fascinating part about CreoPop is the wide variety of inks available. We already have inks in many different colors, inks that glow-in-the-dark and ink that changes color with temperature. And we are working on many more including ink that is glittering, elastic, magnetic, conductive, aromatic and suitable as body paint.”