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3D printing is perhaps the most exciting area of consumer technology being developed for mass market right now and with the invention of LIX, things just got a lot more interesting. This clever pen-sized device functions as a handheld 3D printer, allowing users to literally draw into thin air. Powered by nothing more than a USB port, it functions in much the same way as a conventional glue gun: heating a solid core of plastic to melting point and then extruding it from a nib at the end. The possibilities this opens up for creatives, however, are huge.

For the first time ever, three-dimensional ideas can be created from scratch before the very eyes of the user, facilitating everything from early prototypes to full works of art. The project is funded entirely by Kickstarter and, despite having a full 23 days before the deadline, at the time of writing LIX had already raised over 18 times the £30,000 ($50,500) funding goal, meaning its path to full production looks pretty much guaranteed. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to get your hands on one in September this year. Head over to the Kickstarter page now to pledge an order.

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