3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set for Kids
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- THE ONLY CHILD-SAFE 3D PEN: Designed with no hot parts completely safe for kids aged 8+. Pen nozzle and plastic can safely be touched with no burn risks.
- PERFECT FOR STEM LEARNING: As a tactile learning toy, the 3Doodler Start inspires creativity, design, planning, building and spatial understanding.
- 3D ART MADE EASY FOR KIDS: Plastic hardens rapidly allowing kids to literally draw in the air with only one speed and one temperature.
- NO RISK PURCHASE: 360 days FREE replacement policy and unrivaled 24-hour global customer service.
- COMPLETE 3D PEN KIT: Each box includes 3Doodler Start 3D Pen, 2 Mixed-color Packs of Eco-Plastic (48 Strands), Micro-USB Charger, Activity Guide + a ton of creative potential!
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
With the new 3Doodler Start your creative kids can finally bring all of their wonderful and imaginative ideas to life in 3D. This kid-safe 3D printing pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to literally draw in the air!
From the Manufacturer
One temperature, One speed. Just turn it on, insert a strand and start Doodling in 3D. No software or technical knowledge required!
The 3Doodler Start can either be used whilst plugged in, or charge it up and Doodle wirelessly, anywhere for up to one hour.
Improve their design, building and spatial understanding skills. Watch them take their ideas to a whole new dimension!
Each Pen Set includes an array of mixed color Refill Plastic and the 3Doodler Start Activity Guide, loaded with fun ideas and stencils to get you started. There are over 200 free stencils and projects available online, but if that isn't enough you could always grab one of the DoodleBlockTM Kits or opt for the Super Mega Pen Set for the ultimate creative experience.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Young Creator's Dream!
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Our 3D printer had almost completed a 14-hour print when it missed a line, leaving an unplanned gap in the print. A small error had ruined hours of work, and we were going to have to start again. Then inspiration hit: “what if we just took the head of the printer off and filled in the gap?” A day later the 3Doodler was born. The first 3Doodler was a clumsy-looking, hand-assembled, device, with the words “3Doodler” etched onto its side in green and red in felt tip pen. The 3Doodler Start was a natural progression for us, creating a kid-safe and friendly device specifically for young creators!
What makes your product special?
The 3Doodler Start was specifically designed for young creators who love to express themselves through the things they make. The 3Doodler Start is also the first 3D printing pen on the market to be truly kid-safe and friendly. There are no hot parts! Designed to be as simple to use as possible, kids can can pick up the 3Doodler Start and get creating within minutes. The 3Doodler Start works wirelessly for up to an hour, and can also be used with a range of 3Doodler accessories, including our themed DoodleBlocksTM - simple templates for super Doodles!
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part has been building a vibrant and creative community! Starting with our first Kickstarter campaign, we have always put community front and center. Hundreds of thousands of units later, it's thrilling to see what our community has been doing with the 3Doodler, and how they have shared with and inspired each other (and us!). Their creations are all over social media sites and on our website, and extend from craft and design, through to innovative hacks and fixes, and into a never ending array of educational uses. With 3Doodler Start, that creativity and community will now embrace a whole new generation!
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This version is great for kids, for several reasons. First, there are no cords to get tangled up in; it's wireless, unless you are charging it. There are no external hot parts, so no getting burned with the extremely hot tip that you would find on the original style of 3doodler. The strands for this are different from the original ones, called "eco-plastic". It has a much quicker warm up time, which is nice . It also has a slower hardening time, which has its perks, too. You have a little time to shape it with your fingers, before it sets.
Whether this kit or the 3Doodler Start Super Mega Pen Set is the right option for you, only you can decide. I have both (so that I can do activities with my daughter)
The Essentials kit:
The essential pack for creating in 3D
The 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen
2 Mixed Packs of 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic
Complete with project booklet and micro-USB cable
Super Mega Pen Set:
The 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen
8 Colored Packs of 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic
8 Themed DoodleBlocks
Complete with project booklet and micro-USB cable
You save $50 going this route, initially... But, it will cost you $10 more if you decide to buy everything ala carte.
All that said, like the original 3doodler, this isn't about instant gratification. It takes time to make things of any scale with it, and requires a bit of tenacity for a child to spend hour(s) building something strand by strand. Before getting this as a gift, it's worth noting whether or not the child in question has that sort of perseverance.
That said, I do have a couple of warnings to consider. First, it will get really expensive! The sticks don't go very far at all. (The package claims each 6 inch stick will give you 60 inches of play, so I'm going to assume we just need more practice to get that much, as I'm guessing most others will, too.) With this set, you'll get 2 packs of the sticks(48 total sticks...6 each of white, mint green, yellow, orange, blue, red, green, and grey). You'll use those up super quick! These sticks are biodegradable, BPA-free and labeled as "safe". From what I've read, you'll need these specific sticks to go with the 3Doodler.
Also, every time you put a new color stick through the pen, you'll be wasting a bit of the previous stick, unless it works into your design. The whole stick won't completely feed through until you put another one in there to push it on out.
It takes a great deal of practice to get anything worthwhile to turn out. I have 3 little boys and they all want a chance at practicing, so even more sticks are used up in that process. So far, we haven't came up with anything close to what is shown in the practice book, but none of us can call ourselves overly skilled in the artistic realm at this point in time.
All of that said, IF your budget allows for buying lots of sticks to go with this pen, it truly is awesome! (Or you could request packs of these sticks as grandparent presents for the kids.) ;) Letting a child use his/her imagination with this thing is an amazing opportunity, and I definitely recommend it. (I even recommend it for adults, too, because we all need a little childish fun every once in awhile!)
It's easy to use. Just charge it up with the included micro USB cable(or do like me and use your kindle charger), turn it on and wait for the light to turn green. Then, press the button to start it and press it again to stop it. Simple! As I mentioned earlier, there is a book with instructions and some ideas to practice and get started with the pen. There's no worries about getting burned. I tested it out, and while the plastic is a little warm when it first comes out, it's not even close to hot. This allows for a little wiggle room for moving around your design before it completely dries.
In the end, other than the sticks being a costly investment, this is a great little invention, and we've loved it so far!
I like that it doesn't get hot enough to burn anyone (I can put my finger under the nib and it is fine.
Here are the drawbacks:
The replacement sticks are expensive and can get used up very quickly especially since we sometimes prefer to work with a particular color.
It can be messy - definitely can require follow up with a vacuum or broom. Nothing gets melted into anything else however.
The included USB charging cord is about 10 inches long if that and there is no plug included. I would appreciate a longer cord so I can place it up on a shelf or desk instead of dangling from the outlet or resin on a shoebox in front of the outlet.