Today I finished the work on a new object made with the 3D pen. The Title is “The Eye Catcher”. Made in July 2016, using a Myriwell 3D pen, and ABS plastic so the object will last at least 100 years. Here are some photos to give an impression:
A work by Ruud Janssen: penholder made with a 3D pen (MiRywell 3D pen with ABS plastics). The holder makes the pen very accesible; you can just grab is. Also when working with pen and ink, you can leave the not-dry pen and brushes on this holder too. So a practical tool. Made in Breda, Netherlands, June 12th 2016.
The sad story of the LIX pen. It never worked, and they asked me to send it back to their office in Brussels. I sent it with track and trace, so I know they signed for delivery on June 7th. Three days later no e-mail or message from them. They are not that communicative. Not sure if I will ever get a working LIX pen in my hands.
The box and the letters are all made with a Mirywell 3D Pen in 2016 by Ruud Janssen, Breda, Netherlands.
Part of the Fluxus Words Project, see details on the blog:
Tried to test my LIX 3D pen today (May 28th 2016), but it wasn’t succesful. All I managed was to start the pen, see a strange green colour filament come out. Insert black filament that never came out………… Strange noises from the motor. So not a working pen at all.
1. Green filament came out when I started (what is done with the pen?). Seems it was used before.
2. Black ABS Fillament was inserted, but nothing came out. Motor made funny noises and when black filament was completely inside, nothing came out. The lenght of the Filament sticks is longer then the pen, so somethings went wrong for sure!
3. Getting out Fillament succeeded (pushing both buttons), but a piece was still inside, Also the filament stick was tormented, and the motor must have done that.
4. Retried loading it a few times (always with a clean stick of filament), but it doesn t work.
5. One of the black buttons came off, and I was able to but it back in place, but it seems to jam now and then (fault construction)
6. After four attempts I gave up. I made a photo of the sticks as they are damaged after the attempt to insert them. Never something of the filament came out, so the extruder must be jamed, or have a fault construction. Anyhow, I wasn’t able to draw anything 3D.
What is the next step? Can they deliver a working pen? If I return this not-working pen, how do I know they are able to send me a working pen. So far I read about more people with the same experience. I have 3D pens from other brands that work fine for hours. Theirs didn’t yet do anything……. And the design if wonderfull, the feeling of holding the pen os good. The push buttons are not constructed right, and the main thing: it doesn’t work……….
(this is a public version of the message I sent to the LIX team. As you can read I am very dissapointed since I wasn’t able to work at all with this 3D pen. Will keep you informed on the next steps. See also some comments with latest details)
After waiting for 2 years for the LIX pen, today (May 21st 2016) it finally arrived. Just Like Spring arrived….. The LIX pen is a Kickstarter project where a firm designed a new 3D pen and after some troubles finally managed to produce it and started distributing the pen. I must say, it looks good, and it promisses to be a great tool. Soon I will be able to test it and show you the results. Also, when there are problems, I will tell you how it is. I have been working a lot with 3D pens, so will be able to compare. Here are some photos of the unpacking of the LIX pen…..