You'd think that, with the popularity of 3D printers, there'd be dozens of 3D-printed fountain pens on the market. Thankfully, that's not been the case.
I think, for a 3D-printed pen to succeed, it has to bring something new to the table. Something that traditional manufacturing methods can't already offer.
To that end, the only project that comes close, in my opinion, is Additive Pens with their Double Helix.
They used 3D printing to create what is basically an eye-dropper that would have been practically impossible using traditional methods.
What impresses me the most, is that they only implement 3D printing where needed.
The cap and section of their latest batch, for example, are turned from Alumilite blanks the traditional way.
What do you think of them? Do you want one? I know, I do.
You know of other 3D-printed writing instruments that deserve mention?
Look forward to your comments.
I've created a poll for anyone who'd like to express interest, here:
It's a rather odd poll due to the nature of the beast.
I couldn't wait for a drop to materialize or even for Batch 5. So here are a few photos of my own Additive Pen. It's from batch 4 with an 18kt gold nib.
You get a lot of pen for your money. These are substantial, here is mine next to a Lamy Al-Star.
Even so, it's quite light.
The Nib does not disappoint either. About the same as that of a Pelikan 800.
Here it is compared to a Lamy nib.
Once I've inked it and written with it, I'll post some more.
One thing I can tell you already, I am sooo getting a 2nd one, definitely with the flex nib.