Maker Faire Bay Area holds a special place in our hearts: three years ago, two brothers showed up with a small booth, to hand out business cards and take orders for Fictiv—a radical new 3D printing service powered by a distributed network of top-tier vendors.
Fast forward to Maker Faire 2016, the Fictiv team joined Mindtribe at the wild and wacky Power Racing Series with our custom-built power wheels electric race car, aptly named the Bananaghini after the banana-like color of our stylish Lambo:
This past weekend, we returned to Maker Faire with tools in hand for a live teardown of the 3Doodler Pen with Kickstarter on the Maker Pro Stage.
This was a fun event for us since teardowns have been in the DNA of Fictiv since the very beginning, as an important way to share our passion and knowledge around how physical products are made.
To further share key insights collected from Fictiv teardowns over the years, we curated our best teardowns in a new visual collection: Teardown Vol 1, available for pre-order today, ships June 7th.
Because we love Maker Faire so much, we brought a few pre-sale copies for our eager audience at the live teardown event:
The 3Doodler is “The World’s First 3D Printing Pen” and one of the most successful companies built on the Kickstarter platform. Since then, WobbleWorks, the company behind the pens, has shipped over one million pens. For our teardown, we got our hands on the 3Doodler Create, the 3rd generation of its original pen, and the kid-friendly 3Doodler Start.
Both pens work by extruding heat-softened thermoplastic that cools quickly into a solid, stable structure, allowing for free-hand creation of three-dimensional objects. 3Doodler Create can use ABS, PLA or Flexy (a TPU filament), while 3Doodler Start uses a proprietary home-compostable plastic that melts at a much lower temperature.
Here are some of the key insights we uncovered in the teardown of each pen:
Maker Faire is always a really fun experience and we’re already looking forward to next year's event!
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