Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

Retro Font Word Pen

by BrandonW6, published

Retro Font Word Pen by BrandonW6 Jan 31, 2013

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Do you like classic video games? Me too!
Do you like to write with a pen? Sure why not?
Do you like reading stuff written in 8 bit font on the side of your pen? DO I EVER! Now you can too! Use the MakerBot Customizer App to customize your very own Retro Font Word Pen! People will be so jealous at meetings when they see this fancy writing instrument!

*** UPDATE, Thingiverse's excellent support staff located and fixed the bug preventing the text from being displayed, is now working****

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which app did you design this?
Found out bazic ball points work with a little reaming. Anyways other peeps should report back their experiences
ehh meant big * lol

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This is my first attempt at a customizable Thing, actually my first attempt at openSCAD period.
Be sure to let me know what you think with comments or suggestions!
Use the customizer app to design your own pen.
You have some controls over font size and spacing. And what it says of course...

When you're done, download it and print it out!

The inside of your pen may have some dropped threads you will need to clean up. I used a piece of coat hanger to scratch and grind them out.

Then simply take any old pen you have laying around your house and steal the ink tube and ball point. Slide it in and BAM. Coolest pen ever!

Example uses:
Put your name!
Use a friends name, and print them their own custom pen as an interesting and original gift!
Put your company name, and give out these pens as a promotional gift.

** Please note, this is still a thing in progress, I am currently working on adding a Pen-Cap and a few other refinements **

which app did you design this?
Found out bazic ball points work with a little reaming. Anyways other peeps should report back their experiences
ehh meant big * lol
ehhh any pens you got lying around tried paper mate no dice diameter too pig and someone point me to verified working pen
Is there any way to incorporate a symbol into the print after the name, such as a peace symbol or something like that?
The only relatively easy way I can think of would be to leave space in the text where you want the symbol to go, and combine that symbol with the .STL file in another program?
Hi, Very, very new at 3d printing, downloaded this and printed without any glitch. Awesome.
Where would I get the ballpoint inserts/cartridges?
I just took them from pens I had laying around. The kind of pen you get at a hotel or wherever.
That looks very uncomfortable.
Surprisingly its not bad at all
This is very neat!

I wonder if there might be a way to reverse the text direction, for those of us who write with the other hand.
Thats a good idea, i'll see what I can do.
some chars with a dot will hang in the air....but cool script
My first openscad attempt was just a box with a hole.
Lol i misread that.
did you use the customizer or download the SCAD file? You may need to download the latest version of openSCAD. We experienced that problem when I first uploaded it.
Very cool! It's interesting to compare to my thingiverse.com/thing:17383, which is a bit different - it's designed to fit specific pen inserts. Hmm, perhaps I should wire it up to Customizer!
Customizer has been fixed and the pens should work now. (this script was using a new-ish openscad function (search) so we had to upgrade what was running on the server)
Thanks Guys! Great work!
awesome idea, I took it one step further... facebook.com/anywordpens
Those look great!
Yeah, sorry about that. There is a glitch in the customizer side of things. I have opened up a ticket with thingiverse support. Since we ARE able to preview the file correctly. Just the final STL doesn't get generated properly for some reason.
I assure you the SCAD script does work if you download it and run it yourself.
However check back later tonight, as I will be finalizing a few things such as a pen-cap for it.
If you do print end up printing one out on your own, please still post a copy of it.
Alright, thanks!
Hey, I tried to use the customizer with this but it just generates a blank pen.