We received our AtmosFlare 3D pen for free in exchange for this review, and I have been compensated for my time to write it. All views are my own, however.
Combine one crafty tween, one lazy afternoon, and one new artistic medium and what do you get? Well, it ain’t boredom, that’s for sure!
Last year we went on a college tour with the then-senior. One of the neatest things we saw wasn’t officially part of the tour; it was in the library, in a back room. There were several 3D printers in there, and they were in the middle of bringing student’s designs “to life,” as it were, giving actual dimension to what formerly had been just a drawing on paper. It was fascinating to watch the printer arms move back and forth, their “printouts” growing taller with each pass.
So when we were given the opportunity to try out the AtmosFlare 3D pen, we grabbed at it. What could be cooler than a marker that you could make OBJECTS with?
We received two ink cartridges with the 3D pen, a red one and a blue one. The crafty tween immediately decided that with those colors, a Captain America shield would be the project of choice. (I confess I had no quibble with that, since
Chris Evans Steve Rogers is one of my heroes, too. ;-) ) She quickly devoured the Quick Start videos on the website and set to work.
The crafty tween offers the following suggestions for the creative process of using the 3D pen:
1) Make sure the light on the pen is turned on AS you work; otherwise the ink gets “goopy” and hard to work with.
2) Keep moving; otherwise the ink will get stuck in the pen and you’ll have to start over.
3) Use wax paper for a working surface. That way you can set your project down and pick it back up again without fear of sticking.
4) Keep paper towels handy to wipe your hands, which you will probably need to do often, lol.
Now you and I both know that the average tween is always fighting “boredom.” It can be tough to find new and exciting things for these world-weary individuals to do with the long and humdrum hours at their disposal. Guess what? A 3D pen is new enough and neat enough to fill this need. My tween thoroughly enjoyed her time experimenting and creating with the AtmosFlare 3D pen.
And the result? While she was unable to make a self-supporting shield constructed solely from the 3D ink, she did achieve a very respectable work of art using a vitamin bottle lid as a base. I think as she has more opportunities to practice, her projects will become more and more exciting. When a child is motivated by interest, there is no telling what they will come up with!
Do you have a tween who needs some new excitement in their life? A 3D pen may be just the answer! You can purchase the AtmosFlare pen from their website or at Toys R Us and Best Buy.