3Doodler Start+ Essentials Pen Set Review
Combine art, design, and technology in a creative way with the 3Doodler Start+ Essentials Pen Set. Designed for kids 6 and up, this 3-D pen set comes with everything kids need to get started.
First, you’ll need to charge up the pen using the included USB charging cable. Once charged, turn on the pen and feed a strand of plastic into the pen. The pen heats up the plastic, but there are no external hot parts and even the melted plastic that comes out of the pen isn’t too hot to the touch. It dries and cools fairly quickly, but you’ll still have time to mold and shape it with your fingers if you need to.
The included Activity & Quick Start Guide offers basic instructions on how to get started, a practice page, and 10 design templates for making everything from shaped earbud holders to the Eiffel Tower. And, of course, kids are encouraged to create whatever they want.
Should I get it?
This 3-D pen set is an accessible way to introduce kids to 3-D printing, while opening up a whole new world of creativity and STEM learning. There will probably be a learning curve when kids first start out, and the finished results will depend on the age and skill level of the child. But there are 72 strands of plastic included in this set, and that’s more than enough to keep kids practicing and exploring with the easy-to-use 3-D pen.