The Verge, one of the leading technology publications in the US, dove in head first with a review of the 3Doodler Create, the 3rd version of the 3d printing pen from the folks at WobbleWorks.
"If you have kid, I guess," was their verdict after an 18-minute trial of the 3Doodler Create, produced in video and text formats.
The pen has made headlines for allowing users to draw three-dimensional shapes in freestyle form or trace existing objects from paper, but The Verge's reviewers weren't too impressed.
"There's a lot that can go wrong with this," said Dami Lee of The Verge, referring to the pen
One of the more interesting notes to come out of The Verge's trial was the acknowledgement that the smell of plastic fumes coming from the pen was unpleasant. As 3DPrint360 has noted in the past, ABS tends to emit an odor during the 3d printing process, so it's best to use a low-odor plastic such as PLA or a biodegradable ABS. There's less toxicity involved that a normal ABS.
"I had high hopes for the 3Doodler Create, the $99 third-generation 3D-doodling pen from WobbleWorks," Lee wrote. "It's basically a hot glue gun that heats up colored plastic to let you make 3D-printed creations. After about an hour of playing around with it, however, I was left with nothing but a vague headache and burnt fingers."
Lee went on to sum up her experience in a 3-part Twitter post which included excitement before using the 3Doodler, acknowledging the challenges of using it after beginning the project and then finally giving up altogether.
Lee's colleague, Ashley Carmen, did have better luck, producing a set of "50s cat-eye glasses" in one smooth process, so it wasn't a total loss.