The latest and greatest in fun crafting activities is the 3D Scribbler! It is a small hand-held device that you use to “draw” objects using plastic filaments. The filaments are fed into the 3D Scribbler, melted enough to become slightly liquid, and then pumped out the tip like a moldable ink. They include red, white, and blue coils of filaments to get you started. It is a lot of fun to think up ideas and attempt them in this medium. There are tons of color options for the plastic filaments available and they are relatively cheap, so once you master the pen the limit is your own imagination.
They include red, white, and blue coils of filaments to get you started. It is a lot of fun to think up ideas and attempt them in this medium. There are tons of color options for the plastic filaments available and they are relatively cheap compared to other crafts, so once you master the pen the limit is your own imagination. They also offer stencils on their site to guide you in some projects. (Our printer is broken, so couldn’t try them yet.)
The 3D scribbler is a fun device, but I do find it concerning that they appear to be marketing toward kids. I have seen them use images with children in them who are using the device. (In fact, it is part of the campaign I shared here.) The problem is that their own instructions have “For adult use only.” as the very first warning. The tip gets very hot, which does pose a hazard. I would say that you will need to make a call based on your own child, but I would personally not allow younger than a mature and steady-handed 12 years old to use it.
The reason I stress steady-handed is that it is quite difficult to get the hang of at first and I’m concerned about burns. Even as an adult with very steady hands, I still had a lot of trouble creating anything beyond very basic shapes. It’s made a bit more difficult by a short cord. (I had to use an extension cord.) The first bit of filament out of the 3D Scribbler would always curl, so I often needed to use my fingers to very carefully hold it while I moved on. I will admit that my skills are improving greatly as I practice, but it took a lot of practice and filament for me to get to the point to create a very simple strawberry shape and a box.
I don’t want to come across as completely disliking the product… I really do enjoy it… but be prepared for long hours, frustration, and wasted filament to get the hang of it. Once you do, it will be something you probably use often. Marketing it as a gift for children is also a problem for me, but plenty of parents have kids that play with toys marketed to a different age group than they are in.
Pros: Fun to do. Sparks imagination. Lots of design and color options.
Cons: Marketing to kids when warnings say adults only. Very pricey if you end up not liking it.
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