*AD – we were sent the 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set for the purpose of this review.
My daughter is really keen on STEM kits and has been after a 3D printing pen for a while. When I spotted the 3Doodler at blogging conference a few weeks ago, I knew it was exactly what she wanted! We were really happy to get the chance to review the 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set to give 3D drawing a whirl!
3Doodler Start Essentials – What’s in the Box?
The kit is a great starter pack and has everything you need to get going. When I opened the box, my pen had a little charge, but I wasn’t sure how much, so I charged it using the USB cable included.
Alongside the 3D pen, there are 2 packs of 24 colours, to give you a wide range of shades for any creation you fancy making. The activity guide is really useful to get you started. Inside the guide are some instructions and templates – each template gives you a time guide for how long it takes you to complete.
3Doodler Pen Review
The 3Doodler pen is loads of fun! It’s also harder than it looks, which is probably why the recommended age is 6-13! Emma’s 10 and didn’t really need any help, but I had a go too, and there’s definitely some skill involved!
I think it’s a fantastic 3D printing pen for kids and loads of fun. I’m always a big fan if STEM toys because they encourage children to learn through play and gain a better understanding of STEM subjects. If you’re thinking of buying one, I definitely recommend it, it’s exactly as good as it looks!
How to Use the 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set
- Make sure the pen is charged and turn it on.
- Wait for the light to go from red to green (green means it’s ready to use).
- Snip the plastic before use, then insert it through the top of the pen.
- Press the button and the doodle plastic starts coming out the other end, a little bit like squeezing a tube of toothpaste!
- Use a template or doodle freestyle to make your 3D creation!
3Doodler Hints & Tips
The doodle plastic is pliable so you can mold and reshape it with your fingers. It can’t be reused, so don’t try!
After you’ve drawn the outline, fill in the shape on a flat surface. You can join shapes together by using the pen the join them on either a flat surface or with the help of a table edge (for corners etc).
The 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set is available from Smyth’s Toys Superstore for around £44.99
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