New Tool Helps With 3D Print Finishing
April 4, 2015
There’s a new tool on the market, reports 3DPrint.com, one that allows users to make slight tweaks to clean-up their newly printed objects. It’s name is the Solderdoodle Cordless 3D Print Finishing Tool, but it is not to be confused with the similarly named Solidoodle 3D printer created by Sam Cervantes now in its fourth generation. It is designed and developed by Isaac Porras, who learned a great deal about manufacturing and design from work in his father’s sheet metal shop. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University, Porras worked in the semiconductor industry creating parts for machines.
After losing his job in 2009, Porras developed a device called the Solarcycle, which provides USB solar charging to smartphones. Following the creation of the Solarcycle, he then moved into 3D printing with his first Solderdoodle tool complete with a hot knife, needle, and scooper attachments, which allows users to remove any visible defects from 3D printed objects. He subsequently released a second version of the corded tool, the Solderdoole 2.0. Both of these were successfully crowdsourced on Kickstarter. This brings us to today, where Porras has taken his popular corded tools and converted them into a Cordless 3D Print Finishing Tool, now in its own recently begun Kickstarter campaign.
This new tool is designed to be ultra-portable and Porras says it can be charged from a USB port on a laptop, or with a USB battery, wall adapter, or USB solar charger. The funds raised by this most recent campaign will be used to “‘build the final production version at a reasonable cost’” according to Porras. Included in this will be the purchase of hundreds of batteries, cables, heating elements, circuits, and plastic components according to the article. The finished product base is expected to retail for roughly $59 plus shipping, and each replacement tip will be sold individually for about $10 plus shipping.
In terms of charging time, Porras says it can take anywhere from 2 hours to 4.5, depending on what users are charging the tool with. Inside the tool is a small lithium-ion battery, and the entire device measures just 1.6” in diameter and is 8.1” long. The body is constructed out of nylon and is very light at under 4oz.
The device can be used with 3D printed products constructed of either PLA or ABS filament. To his credit, Porras has also made publicly available instructions for users which will allow them to construct their own Solderdoodle Pro prototype.