By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
3D printing is the latest tech craze, as inventors create machines that can take 2D designs and pump them out into the real world with layers of hardening liquid. Everything from engine parts to artificial human hearts can be 3D printed, saving tons of time and money, but it can be a hot and smelly process. That’s why the latest 3D printing pen from CreoPop avoids the steamy mess by using light-sensitive ink that hardens in response to a built-in ultraviolet (UV) light.
When casual crafters want to use traditional 3D printing for fun, all that melting plastic can burn fingers and fill a room with nasty chemical odors. CreoPop, on the other hand, is totally safe and gives you precision control over its fancy ink. As the liquid pours out, an ultraviolet light beam on the pen triggers a chemical reaction that changes it into a hardened form. Since its battery operated, you won’t even have to worry about getting tangled up in cords.
If that’s not cool enough for you, CreoPop has a huge variety of inks. You can use elastic ink to create stretchy bugs or doll clothes, magnetic ink to design refrigerator magnets, or glow-in-the-dark ink to fashion some awesome nighttime stars for your bedroom ceiling.
Not impressed yet? There’s also scented ink to give those 3D-printed flowers a lovely smell, temperature-sensitive ink that can turn coffee cup designs into color-changing awesomeness, and even electricity-conducting ink to channel your creativity in more scientifically shocking directions. Basically, you could combine these three inks to create a lamp that sends electricity to a lightbulb, changes color in response to the light’s warmth, and then gives off a wonderful aroma in your room. Whoa! The possibilities are literally endless.
Images courtesy of CreoPop.