There's a whole new way to doodle and create with the 3Doodler Start Product Design Pen Set. It comes with the tools kids need to make 14 different 3-D products or create their own 3-D designs. Kids simply use an ergonomically shaped pen and 96 strands of colorful eco-plastic to doodle, draw, and design in 3-D. The activity guide gives you space to practice using the pen before you go on to creating useful projects such as a cell phone holder, a picture frame, a watch, a pencil holder, and more. The patterns for these are all provided in the booklet, though for some, you may need other tools, such as scissors or a small balloon.
Using the pen is pretty easy to do. Once it's charged, turn it on and wait for the red light to turn green. That means you're ready to click the big button once and feed a strand of plastic into the pen. The pen heats up the plastic so that it comes out as a softer material that you can doodle with. But the plastic isn't hot to the touch, so you can mold and shape it with your fingers if you need to, and you have a few seconds before it hardens, giving you time to shape your doodles the way you want them.
This is a very cool way for kids to get creative. It brings the 3-D printing trend down to size for kids and lets them create lots of different projects, whether they are making the ones in the activity guide or building their own. This shows kids that it's not just about drawing pictures or doodling your name. It's about creating cool products they can really use, which will be very inspiring to future product designers out there.
The 3Doodler Start Product Design Pen Set is for ages 8 and up. This will be a creative kit for kids who are interested in 3-D printing.
Some of the picture instructions were a little unclear. Also, the instructions tell you how many strands you'll need and of which color, but the set doesn't come with enough strands in the right colors to complete the projects as shown.
The kit includes a 3Doodler Start Pen with USB cable, 96 Eco-Plastic Strands, an activity booklet and instructions, a watch face, two DoodleBlocks, a sphere DoodleMold, and five DoodleSheets.
The plastic strands are BPA-free.
This set can also be purchased without the pen (for those who already have one) for $29.99.
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