3D Pens To Make Your “Shaka Laka Boom Boom” Dreams Come True
Children from the 90s will remember the popular childhood show ‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’ wherein a kid possesses a magical pencil. The pencil brought life to the things drawn with it, the kid could create musical instruments, curtains, desks, whatever was desired! Every child from that era can fondly relate to that secret ambition of owning that pencil and of bringing our imagination to reality. Technological advancement has made this possible in form of the 3D pen.
It basically uses plastic instead of ink – insert the plastic filament at one end, and once it’s inside the pen, it gets heated and the heat is strong enough to melt the plastic, and turn it into a liquid. Once that’s done, start using the pen to write on pretty much everything the students wants to write on. The liquid can be shaped to anyone’s imagination, and it can be twisted and turned to create different shapes. The good thing about a 3D printing pen is that it works on almost all the surfaces, from your classroom desk to the glass top study in your home. The possibilities of creating anything is limitless with its use. Anything you can imagine can be transformed from 2D to 3D or actual form.
Although 3D printers are gaining momentum, 3D printing pen is a more handy solution to the cumbersome and time consuming process. However it is applicable to only small items and is therefore a treasured way towards 3D printing education. Many firms have offered variants of 3D pens as per needs and costs like 3Doodler, LIX, 7TECH, Scribbler and Lay3r (for kids). Light weight, portable and versatile, these 3D pens have great quality and user friendliness. Some models even include a fan for cooling the filaments and some possess unclogging agents to prevent plastic clog formation, which makes it ideal for children and teens.
It is one of the best inventions of recent times and the best part is that all are readily available for a decent price of 8-10k and most schools interested in offering them to their students need not think twice. Some 3D pens enable drawing in the air – just heat the filament by plugging in and enjoy creating things not on paper, but in mid-air by plastic. Imaging a classroom, where students are creating figures and shapes in the air, the excitement of the young minds and the inevitable interest created in them to gain further knowledge. Some brands are focused on creating hassle-free and secure pens for kids, so that their creative prowess are unleashed without any safety issues. They can make toys or articles for personal use and can enjoy the process of creation.
Before purchasing any 3D pen, a check is must which should keep in mind the quality, speed adjustment and a design that suits your requirement. Everyone has an innate ability to create and this device sparks the imagination, giving impressionable minds the confidence to ideate without boundaries. The melted plastic is very soft and can be fused onto a surface or worked into any shape that you want. Once the melted plastic leaves the tip, it begins to quickly cool down. After a few seconds, the plastic hardens and holds whatever shape you have worked it into. Some of its best uses are 3D art and helping the visually impaired create their own braille scripts. Owning such a device will totally change a student’s perception of things. For now, students can draw anything to life. It is only a matter of imagination and technique. And this is what makes it one of the most desired gadgets in recent years.