Somerville toy cre­ators Peter Dil­worth and Max Bogue struck Internet gold just two days after they posted a project on the crowd-​​funding web­site Kick­starter to pay for their latest ­inven­tion: a three-​​dimensional printer in the form of a hand-​​held pen.

Their gadget, known as the 3Doodler, attracted so many pledges — with many people offering­ the min­imum of $75, or more, to even­tu­ally get their hands on one of the pens — that it quickly gen­er­ated $2 mil­lion in funding. The project is on track to gen­erate well over that amount on the site, which would easily make it one of the most suc­cessful cam­paigns in the short his­tory of Kick­starter.

There’s all this magic around 3-​​D printing that I really think is starting to get people’s atten­tion,” said Janos Stone, a vis­iting art pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is leading a 3-​​D printing project.

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