In this episode of Fatherly’s “Toy Review,” our editor at large, Joshua David Stein, unboxes and reviews the 3Doodler 3D printing pens. He looks at two models of the 3Doodler: the 3Doodler Create, which is for kids ages 16 and up, and the 3Doodler Start, which is for kids ages 8 and up.
At the beginning of the episode, Joshua reveals that he actually bought the 3Doodler Create for his children last Christmas, and found that it was a bit difficult for his children to use. They were 4 and 7 years old, so it was obviously too advanced for them. Joshua also found that as a parent, you end up having little bits of melted plastic all over the house, which was pretty annoying.
Joshua first reviews the 3Doodler Start, the kid-friendly model. He uses small plastic tubes that are BPA free and non-toxic. Joshua tries to draw a house, but his first doodle turns out to be an abstract style piece, so he goes ahead and uses the templates that come with the set. Stein also says that unlike the regular hot glue gun, the 3Doodler Start doesn’t burn, a great feature for kids.
Next, Joshua tries out 3Doodler Create, the model that allows him to print in mid-air. He also uses a different type of plastic called ABS, which is more durable. And unlike 3Doodler Start, 3Doodler Create gets hot.
Although 3Doodler Create is more difficult to manipulate, Joshua successfully draws another house in 3D.