NOTE: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. I will always give you my honest opinion about the products I review.
I was recently sent an AtmosFlare 3D Pen to review because I am part of the Missouri Women Bloggers. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get started with a 3D pen and do this AtmosFlare review. Best of all? This pen was sent to me before it is even available to other people. It didn’t come in fancy packaging, because I was one of the first people to get to try it.
AtmosFlare uses a unique liquid ink that comes in cartridges. You squeeze the cartridge and draw with the ink. A very bright light cures the ink as you draw, allowing you to draw straight into the air if you wish.
My brother and I have been talking about 3D printing for the past couple of years, so when the AtmosFlare showed up in the mail, we both geeked out pretty hard. We couldn’t wait to create masterpieces with this thing. So how did it go? Let’s get to the Atmosflare review.
The Good about AtmosFlare
First of all, this pen worked as described. We were able to draw straight in the air which is pretty dang awesome. The excitement of drawing random coils and abstract art directly in the air is the biggest perk of this pen. I can’t imagine how much fun this would be for kids (adult supervision suggested). Your imagination really is the limit. You can doodle in 3D, which is amazing. Best of all, this pen is only $29.99 which includes two cartridges of ink.
The Bad about AtmosFlare
After we’d done some 3D doodling, we decided to move on to something a little more complex. My brother tried to create a small cylinder, but the ink didn’t cure quite right making it look more like a cupcake. We realized pretty quickly that the AtmosFlare probably isn’t the best 3D pen for complex 3D drawing because you have to squeeze the ink cartridge to get the ink to come out. This makes it difficult to create consistent lines and can lead to air bubbles. Also, for some reason, the ink seemed to cure in the nozzle sometimes, leading to weird lumps of ink that would interrupt the flow. I have seen other videos from reviewers who didn’t seem to have this problem, but it was a significant issue for us – so I can’t write this review without mentioning it.
The Ugly about AtmosFlare
After over an hour of trial and error, and almost two complete ink cartridges, my brother and I had managed to create nothing more than a mess. I tried desperately to create a necklace, but between the lumps of ink messing up the rings and the ink not fully curing (leaving a wet gooeyness to the pieces), it ended up in the trash. Still, we did have a blast playing with the pen together. And honestly, memories are the best things you can create, right?
The Verdict on AtmosFlare
The AtmosFlare 3D Pen is really fun as an activity, but I wouldn’t consider it a tool for crafting. Perhaps with a lot more time and practice, it could be better, but you can only squeeze the cartridge with steady pressure for so long before your hand starts hurting. So if you are looking for a novelty item to get your 3D “printing” kicks OR a fun way to doodle in 3D, this is the pen for you. If you are looking for a tool to create things of substance that last a long time, I would look elsewhere. Honestly though, for $29.99, I think it’s worth it just to have the experience of drawing in the air. Pre-order yours here.
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