WobbleWorks 3Doodler

85
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Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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3Doodler review: a $99 3D-printing pen

Summary

The 3Doodler is fully unlike any product we've seen. Be warned, however: It's easy to use, but hard to master.

Pros
  • Innovative
  • Affordable
  • Simple setup
Cons
  • Tough to master
  • Tethered connection
  • Can get old fast
3Doodler review: a $99 3D-printing pen

I've spent a fair bit of time trying to explain the WobbleWorks 3Doodler to people over the past year or so. My descriptions generally alternate between the company's slightly misleading "3D-printing pen" to "sort of like a hot glue gun that melts plastic, so you can write in the air." Makes sense, right? The company didn't have much trouble getting the message across, though: it raised an astounding $2.3 million on Kickstarter after initially aiming for just $30,000. And really, it may be precisely the product's strangeness that made it a runaway hit with the crowdfunding community in the first place.

In a world of lookalike smartphones, tablets and even 3D printers, the 3Doodler offers something unique, letting users create strange new works of art -- and it does so with a seemingly reasonable price of $99. The pen looks like it may have the "tech gift for the early adopter who has everything" title pretty well wrapped up (though only backers will get it in time for the holidays -- the rest of us will have to wait for a belated early 2014 arrival) But crowdfunding videos aside, how well does it actually work? Is it really a smart way to spend a Benjamin? More importantly, is it actually any fun?

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