3D pens have been slowly gaining popularity. When I first saw videos of them online, I thought they were completely bogus. I thought there was no way this was real. Well, they are real. They are becoming so popular, you can find them now for a little as 20 bucks. AtmosFlare sent us their 3D Drawing Pen to check out
Upon opening the box, I was surprised that the pen has no mechanics at all. From what I’ve seen online, I always assumed, the plastic used for these pens came in long coils (similar to solder) and the pen would pump it out. But I couldn’t have been any farther from the truth. Instead the 3D ink starts out as a liquid.
To start drawing, you load up the pen with a plastic bulb that is filled with the liquid plastic. Once you have the pen loaded up, you squeeze the bulb, forcing the liquid plastic out. Once you turn the UV light on the pen on, the liquid begins to cure and harden. Being in the spirit of the holiday’s I thought I would try to make a Christmas Tree. Keyword here being ‘try.’ Using the 3D Pen takes a very delicate hand. In order to create nice clean lines when drawing, you need to have the exact liquid plastic to light ratio, and move at just the right pace. Move to quickly or squeeze the pen too hard, you might get too much plastic that will not harden. Go to slow, and the plastic will clump up as it hardens. While AtmosFlare and other companies make it look so easily, it definitely takes some practice.
For just $20 on Amazon, I think the AtmosFlare 3D pen is great gift for someone this holiday. It’s not going to break the bank and it will certainly get some uses. In the box you will get the pen itself, and two colored plastic inks, Red and Blue. You can also pick up some other colors online at several different price points.
We received this item for the purpose of this review.