3D printing isn’t all fun and games. There’s a steep learning curve, prints don’t always come out perfect, and 3D modeling isn’t for the faint-hearted. At least that’s how it was. As we recently reported, modeling apps like Morphi are making 3D modeling child’s play. 3D printers are becoming more plug-and-play and some even look like toys, like XYZ’s da Vinci MiniMaker. 3D printing pens, like the 3Doodler from WobbleWorks, Inc., even negate the need to know how to model in 3D. You only draw with plastic. At the 114th North American International Toy Fair, also known as Toy Fair 2017, 3D printing was making its presence known.
By all accounts, WobbleWorks had a successful toy fair. Their 3Doodler Start Essentials pen set won Rookie of the Year at the 2017 Toy of the Year Awards. The 3Doodler Start was designed for kids; its nozzle is shielded so there are no hot parts to worry about and it uses 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic, a filament designed specifically for Start that cools and hardens quickly. The Start also has a battery so it can work wirelessly. The 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set includes a 3Doodler Start Pen, 2 packs of 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic, a micro USB charging cable, and a 3Doodler Start Activity Guide, and retails for $49.99.
The 3Doodler Start Essentials pen set wasn’t the only thing WobbleWorks had to show off at Toy Fair 2017. At the show, they unveiled their new range of products for 2017, including themed kits and licensing deals with Cartoon Network, CBS Consumer Products and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
As we previously reported, Wobble Works is launching themed kits that focus on robotics, architecture, and product design. The kits are intended to inspire young creators to design buildings, design functional products, and build their own robots. The 3Doodler Star Robotics Pen Set lets kids design their own 3D mobile robots. They can follow the activity guide step by step and use the engine and DoodleBlocks (3D templates) included in the kit. The 3Doodler Start Architecture Pen Set comes complete with lighting cord, and the new DoodleSheets (2D templates for creating 3D objects) are perfect for creating structures as diverse as the Colosseum or a skyscraper with working lights. The 3Doodler Start Product Design Pen Set includes a clock face and can be used to create custom clocks, wristwatches, smartphone cases, mini boomboxes, and much more.
3Doodler is also releasing the 3Doodler Start The Powerpuff Girls Pen Set & Activity Kit, through a licensing agreement with Cartoon Network, which is based on the Powerpuff Yourself online concept. The kit comes with a special edition 3Doodler Start pen, a new DoodleMold and themed DoodleBlocks, making it easy for kids to create their own Powerpuff characters.
There are also some exciting new products for 3Doodler Create, the company’s flagship product. The 3Doodler Create Star Trek Pen Set, under license from CBS Consumer Products, boldly goes where no other 3D printing pen has gone before. Now adults can create alien worlds, life forms, and civilizations from the iconic sci-fi TV show. The kit will be released exclusively through ThinkGeek and consists of a special edition Star Trek engraved pen, an activity guide, and materials to draw everything from Starship Enterprise, Spock ear, Klingon front ridges, phasers, and more from the Star Trek universe. Star Trek.
“the The 3Doodler Create Star Trek Pen Set will allow users to venture out on their own space-filled adventures.” says Daniel Cowen, Co-President of WobbleWorks, “We’re thrilled that Star Trek fans can now draw some of their favorite teams from the show using such an innovative product, a bit like having a handheld replicator of their own. . We’re sure Scotty will love it!”
At the fair, I saw some of the new architecture-themed kits that are part of the 3Doodler Create Project Kit series. Through a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, architecture buffs like me can draw their own models To scale Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, with the 3Doodler Create Farnsworth House Project Kit or 3Doodler Create FallingWater Project Kit.
Also on the 3Doodler booth were some really creative and inspiring examples of what’s possible with 3Doodler pens and materials. Erica Gray’s gold dress was made entirely from 3Doodler’s Flexy filament. The dress took 330 strands of filament and 3 weeks to complete. It was inspired by the gills, shape and patterns found on the gold stripe. It’s a beautiful piece and even has built-in pockets.
It seems that Wobble Works really does have something for everyone with their various sets of 3D printing pens and themed kits. I know I really want to try some of your products and build a little model of FallingWater for my desk, or a phaser. maybe two.
What would you like to create with a 3Doodler pen or kit? Share your thoughts in the 3Doodler forum at 3DPB.com.
Below are some more images from the 3Doodler booth:
[All photos: Michael A. Parker for 3DPrint.com]
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