The 3Doodler is one of the most fascinating 3D printing tools, in my eyes, as it is so portable, affordable, and allows you to draw in the air. As I’ve mentioned before, my kids and I always enjoy visiting the 3D printing lab at our library—and even when the lab is not really open, my children love to walk over and peer into the MakerBots as if they are the possessors of magic. Figurines and a variety of 3D models line the walls, and last time we were in, a couple of the older students were showing off their 3Doodler pens—and several of their latest creations—with big smiles and a lot of pride in their work.
Offering these pens to kids is a great way to give an even more comprehensive education regarding the tools of 3D printing—and now, the 3Doodler Start is being released with the younger set in mind, as well as for those who are just beginning and want total simplicity.
Because this was designed with kids from ages 8-13 in mind, parents and teachers can feel comfortable with them wielding these tools that have one temperature, one button and one speed, making them extremely user-friendly—and most importantly, very safe.
As with any 3D printing pen, the user simply begins drawing their design along a surface, and the plastic is ‘extruded’ from the pen, hardening right away. It’s a great way to start kids off in learning about 3D printing as well as offering a wireless, portable tool, and one that can augment lessons and activities. It has a rechargeable battery that will allow up to 45-60 minutes of continuous use, wirelessly, and can be recharged via any USB port later.
It’s sounds as if an already great thing is being made even better in a scaled-down option for younger children with no hot points or messy resin, and compliance with all toy safety standards.
The new design is also smaller and more ergonomically friendly for kids, encouraging them to begin delving into work/play that can lead to skillsets in design, architecture, and engineering and allows them to use their imaginations in a new and different way, setting aside paper, paints, crayons, and more traditional drawing tools temporarily. Even better, kids can use the 3Doodler Start with other toys and games they already have at home, allowing for a well-used figurine or game to become ‘a canvas,’ just adding more fun all around. Built-in LEDs alert the users to various modes from warmup to forward and reverse flow.
“3Doodler Start inspires creativity, design, building and spatial understanding, opening up 3D creation to a whole new generation,” says Daniel Cowen, co-founder. “This is not a fad toy; we believe that, like LEGO and now Minecraft, the 3Doodler Start will become part of every kid’s upbringing.”
“The core values of 3Doodler are creative freedom and limitless imagination, so it was a natural progression to create a pen for a younger audience. The 3Doodler Start provides the perfect educational platform for kids around the world and we cannot wait to see what the next generation creates.”
This new version of the 3D printing pen retails at an introductory $39.99, and you can pre-order it now, for worldwide shipping in May. Is this a version of the 3Doodler that interests you? Discuss in the 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen forum over at 3DPB.com.