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3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set for Kids:Deepld

3Doodler Published in October 16, 2018, 9:48 am
 3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set for Kids:Deepld

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set for Kids:Deepld

Price:£49.99+ Free shipping with Wenstyle Prime

Diana999 Reply to on 22 January 2017
My Grandson (9) managed to push a bit of the plastic back inside the pen which seems to have blocked it - not very good for an expensive device that says it's suitable for children to use!
MARTIN F Reply to on 31 January 2017
Good product, great fun. 7 year old daughter loves it, and produced good projects straight away. However, the sticks get used up quickly and are expensive to replace; hence dropped a star.
N Watson
N Watson Reply to on 15 April 2018
seems good
Soupdragon Reply to on 5 January 2018
expensive refills but over all has been well played with
NEO Reply to on 16 December 2017
Karen Hale
Karen Hale Reply to on 2 April 2018
What a waste of money, the warm plastic won't stay in place and allow for layering into a design...
drsop Reply to on 17 April 2018
A real disappointment. The plastic melts so slowly you can’t actually use it.
SJ Reply to on 5 April 2017
Such a great idea but the pen broke after a couple of uses, obviously a design fault.
Andrew Kerr
Andrew Kerr Reply to on 22 December 2016
The 3D printing revolution is upon us. But 3D printers are still fairly expensive. So, when I was offered this 3Doodler pen through the Vine programme for review, I was keen to see whether it could sort of give me a taste of what's possible, as well as letting my 10 year old daughter have a play around with it.

The packaging is pretty cool, and inside, you find the pen, a charger, an instruction manual and a book of ideas for projects. As well as 48 strands of plastic (6 of each of 8 colours - 4 sort of pastel and 4 bolder colours).

The pen is nicely designed, feels quality, and is easy to hold for grownups and children alike (although because the plastic is pretty hot when it comes out of the nozzle, it's recommended for 8 years+).

It's pretty simple - charge up the pen, switch it on, wait til it's hot enough (just about 15 seconds I think), drop a plastic rod into the hole and the top, wait til it sucks it in and warms it up. When you're ready to start 'drawing', just press the button and the plastic is fed out in a semi-molten flexible strand about 1.5mm thick. We've done it on a wooden table, on a plastic lid, and on paper, and once the plastic cools, it's only ever a slight pull to get it to come off its backing. Simple so far.

So what can you do with it? Well, yes, as the picture shows, it's easy to see that, with a bit of patience and a little bit of skill, an Eiffel Tower is certainly possible, and would look pretty cool. But it would also cost a few quid in plastic strands. We've made a little 'scooter' (like a kids one) about 2 inches long and the same height, and it looks pretty cool. My daughter loves to make dreamcatchers and flowers when she's playing with it too. The basic technique is that if you want to make something fairly substantial and 3D, you need to fabricate it in flat sections, drawn out on a flat surface, left to cool, then attached to the next bit with a bit more molten plastic. It takes maybe 10 seconds to cool until it's fairly hard, which also gives you the opportunity to curve things as they're cooling, after which they'll pretty much set the way you left them (again, there's a bit of a knack here - you need to slightly overflex because it will unflex itself a tiny bit, but you get the hang of it quickly.

If you go at the pen's natural speed, it's easy to do curves, but if you go too fast (or indeed, want to make a slightly thinner strand by stretching it as you draw), you can't easily make a curve, and have to resort to a sort of 'drag-blob-drag-blob' technique in straight lines, dabbing the pen on the surface to make a 'corner' before doing the next section.

Drawbacks? Well, the plastic rods ain't cheap to replace, at around £15 for another 48 rods, or £20 for 96, at the moment. Those 48 rods are certainly enough for smallish projects, but you would get through quite a few in a larger project. It's difficult to estimate exactly how much, because it depends how much 'fill in' to make a solid surface, whether you stretch it as you go, etc. but they say in other packs that you get about 10 times the length of a strand in 'printed' length, so about 5 ft of printing for a 6 inch strand.

The only other slightly irritating thing is that you can't change rods halfway through, so you have to snip them with pliers or snips, estimating how much you'll need, otherwise you waste quite a lot. I'm not sure if cutting a really short piece would cause any problems, but I've safely negotiated 2 inch pieces without problems.

All in all, it's pretty good fun, and a good introduction to 3D doodling. As the product, and the market, matures, the price of plastic will likely come down, but do be careful that if you try to buy other strands from different makers, you make sure they're the right diameter and compatible, because I've seen similar stuff on lightning deals that is not compatible with this model.

Decent value, though, and as a slightly extravagant toy, or with some justification if you're using it for projects, it's definitely worth buying.
Dr. Michael Heron
Dr. Michael Heron Reply to on 4 November 2016
This is a great device that offers huge amounts of fun. It takes an awful lot of practice though, and the cost of mistakes can be significant - it's only going to be appropriate for those with a considerable degree of patience, not only in terms of mastering the device but in terms of building even simple structures . The nature of the melting strands of plastic means that it can behave unpredictably when being applied, and the feasible limits of drawing that come with the strands can add a time pressure that works against the need for cool, calm precision. It's not for everyone.

It's definitely for *most* people though - kids will love it, and adults will enjoy playing with it too. It's a generous pack for a reasonable price, coming with two packs of 'fuel' for the pen - the pen goes through them very quickly (basically what the pen does is melt the strands and make them malleable before they harden over time). You get a decent booklet full of possible designs, and while some of them require a certain degree of dedication and even assembly, none of them are particularly challenging or difficult in and of themselves. It's mostly a tracing activity, and due to the nature of the pen you can trace right onto the book itself. The book took contains useful tips to get the most of out of the pen, including ad hoc soldering and using edges of furniture for creating fixed angles.

It's a very nice package, and worth the money.
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