Could this be the world’s smallest portable handheld 3D Printer Pen?

Polyes Q1 handheld 3D Printer Pen.
The Polyes Q1 handheld 3D Printer Pen.

Manufacturer Future Make (Nanjing, Jiangsu, China) has released the Polyes Q1 handheld 3D Printer Pen with dimensions of 224 mm x 40 mm x 26 mm (8.8” x 1.57” x 1”), a gross weight of 600 grams (21.1 ounces) and a 10°C – 30°C working temperature. Its high light-curing speed and environmentally-friendly “cool ink” make it ideal for children in educational environments who want to use their creativity to 3D Print any number of items safely.

It includes three types of colour, multi-functional ink refills, USB, safety pin, manual, dust-free paper, pen holder and drawing board. The manufacturer characterizes the new product as “the world’s smallest portable handheld 3D Printer Pen.”

“Polyes Q1 is a new-generation 3D Printing Pen,” said Future Make. “The 3D printing pens currently on the market aren’t easy to operate and aren’t safe. For example, current pens using ABS/PLA materials give off unpleasant odours and there’s a risk of getting burned by the higher temperatures. By addressing the aspects of safety and convenience, we developed a pen that uses photo-polymer as ink, which solidifies under LED light. All these make Polyes Q1 the safest, most convenient 3D Printer Pen ever.”

The Polyes Q1 uses liquid resin that's cured by the pen’s LED light.
Polyes Q1 uses liquid resin that’s cured by the pen’s LED light.

Polyes Q1 enables users to “draw in the air without danger.” The photo-polymer material is heated, melts into a liquid, then can be extruded to draw while quickly solidifying. The light-sensitive, eco-friendly liquid resin is cured by the pen’s LED light and extruded by a small “micro motor.” Wireless and chargeable, it includes a child-safety switch and tilt-sensor to reduce potential risks.

The manufacturer also added that most consumable materials used in these types of devices contain impurities that can easily cause jams in the nozzle. Polyes Q1 uses high-purity resin that reduces nozzle jams. Ink cartridge shelf life varies from 6 months to 12 months.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.