At Blogon conference I came across the 3Doodler pen for the first time. The event helps bring brands and bloggers together, and I was lucky enough to win a 3Doodler pack on their stand.
I’ve been debating 3D toys for a while so was interested to see how we got on with the 3Doodler.
In the box you get 2 packs of the plastic you work with, the 3Doodler, and an instruction booklet. The book provides not only how to set it up, but also templates to make different shapes and creations.
The 3Doodler is charged via a cable and doesn’t take long to warm up and be ready to use.
The easiest way to us it is like a pen, although N did have his hand over the top at first. He has got much smaller hands than me though. You just put a coloured stick in the end, switch it on, move the 3Doodler on paper freestyle or following a template. Then hit the off button to stop. There is a knack to the speed and stopping but with practice it gets easier. It’s definitely harder to make it as neat and precise as you expect.
N prefers freestyle designing while I wanted to try some of the examples. They’re not for the faint hearted – Eiffel Tower or dinosaur anyone? I tried a flower pot and did create the pot quite easily.
Changing the plastic sticks isn’t hard but you need to make sure the new one is pushed fully in.
We have made a lot of mess and indecipherable shapes, but we think the 3Doodler is good fun. It teaches children an understanding of building layers, planning and structure. As well as being good for quiet time and focus.
The only downside is how much of the filament you get through. You can buy replacement sets and themed sets – I bought a couple more packets of plastic sticks – but they’re not the cheapest. If you can work out the correct diameter, you can buy them in bulk though. I didn’t want to risk buying the wrong size so stuck with the same brand.
If you’ve got a creative child who wants to try something different, a 3Doodler might be a good option.
Have you tried a 3D pen or kit?