The pen takes a different approach than typical pens, and instead of melting plastic with a hot end extruder like FDM 3D printers, the CreoPop uses a versions of stereolithography (SLA) and a photosensitive resin. The resin is cured by a UV laser, and that makes it safe for children to use as no heated parts are necessary.
Another venture capital firm, Singapore-based Ruvento, also participated in the financing round along with a number of private co-investors as well. The company says the amount of the financing falls somewhere in the mid-six-digit range, and CreoPop co-founder Andreas Birnik says that “commitments” amount to more than $892,000 in total.
“With its innovative and affordable multi-material, multi-color 3D printing solutions, CreoPop is about to disrupt the 3D printing industry,” said Gene Berger, the Managing Partner at Ruvento. “We are impressed with what CreoPop has achieved with its 3D pen and we look forward to seeing a series of new products from the company.”
CreoPop was also selected as a finalist in the Innovative World Technologies Category during the 7th Annual SXSW Accelerator competition. Part of the SXSW Startup Village, the Innovative World Technologies category is a showcase of new technology innovations which go before a hand-picked panel of judges and a live audience for selection.
“It is a great honor for CreoPop to have been selected as a finalist for the SXSW Accelerator Awards,” says Birnik. “We join the ranks of some of the world’s most successful technology companies and we are also proud to place Singapore on the global technology start-up map.”
The Creopop process solidifies resin via LED diodes which surround the nozzle of the pen which uses a selection of inks in different colors, elastic inks, magnetic inks, glow-in-the-dark inks, temperature sensitive ink and even a “body paint” ink.
“Of the 40 successful exits we’ve had so far, one was the 3D printing company Makerbot, which was acquired by Stratasys for $400 million,” says Khailee Ng, Managing Partner of 500 Startups. “We strongly believe in the 3D printing sector. CreoPop specifically will not only bring this game changing technology to wider commercial applications, but also into households. I grew up using Lego blocks to make 3D objects. This generation will grow-up using CreoPop.”
A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has already raised more than $185,690 on a campaign which sought just $40,000, so it seems the 3D printing pen was popular with individual investors as well. Would you like to buy a CreoPop 3D printing pen? What uses can you see for this innovative technology? Let us know in the CreoPop forum thread on 3DPB.com.