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October 3, 2013 AT 1:30 pm

A 3D printable pen inspired by NASA #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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A 3D printable pen inspired by NASA, from Teague Labs:

A simple skeletal 3D printable pen designed around the ‘Fisher Space Pen’ refill cartridge—including two cap designs, one that clips to a short stack of paper and another designed to clip onto any ‘Moleskine’ type sketchbook.

This an older project I dusted off and polished up to work without building supports; the PenPrint’s ergonomics aren’t the best, but as a digital artifact and 3D printed object, it’s only a few iterations away…

I want to point out that this design was purposely built around the ‘Fisher Space Pen’ cartridge; a forgotten artifact of US space exploration that expresses ingenuity, functionality and craft in its all-metal gas pressurized construction. And can still be found in most office supply stores for about $6—the same price per pen NASA paid back in 1967.

The ‘Fisher Space Pen’ cartridge felt like an appropriate core for a pen printed from PLA (corn-starch), which is in itself a commentary on the myriad of plastic (petroleum-based) disposable pens that flood office supply store aisles. By giving PenPrint this special refill cartridge, my goal was to elevate the traditional “plastic” pen. As a printable object, my hope is that the user sees how this object challenges the idea of ‘disposable’…even if only in pen form.

Want to make your own PrintPen? Find everything you need at Thingiverse.

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1 Comment

  1. I never imagined this to be possible. Creating things are rather easy these days because of the 3D printing machines. I’d like to have a go with those pens if they are as good as any pen in the market or even better.

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