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A London-based startup has unveiled the world's smallest 3D-printing pen – smaller than a posh fountain pen.

A year ago we reported on 3Doodler, another British 3D pen that is now available in Maplin for £99.99. The newcomer unveiled yesterday, Lix, is actually pen-sized, weighs just 40g, and raised £100,000 on Kickstarter in 24 hours. (The goal was £30,000 in 30 days.)

Don't Lix the tip ... 3D print pen

Lix was devised by Ismail Baran and Anton Suvorov in Belgium, and Delphine Wood in London.

"We knew there were 3D pens were out there, but we wanted to make it much smaller," Wood told The Reg. "Each part has been completely redesigned from scratch to fit this particular product - all the parts are new and we designed the parts ourselves."

These components include a micro planetary motor. The Lix pen charges from a USB 3.0 port. Like 3Doodler, Lix can take ABS (petroleum-based plastic) or PLA (plant-based) filaments, and outputs solid lines as you move the pen through the air.

"We really wanted to created a pen to be lightweight and portable so you could put it in your bag and travel with it," added Wood.

Photograph of stuff made using the pen

Mesh-a-sketch ... things drawn in 3D by the Lix pen

The first production models are expected to be delivered in October. It's hard to imagine a home with kids not having a 3D pen before too long. ®

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