The Air Writer 3D Pen claims to write in the air, like waving a flashlight and leaving a solid, three-dimensional object behind. While that seems hard to even imagine at first, the company says that the pen is based on well established 3D printer technology. Some of the suggested uses of the pen include tracing a picture and creating a solid replica of the image, outlining a shape such as a cube and creating a three dimensional structure, and "drawing" colorful flowers and other freestanding objects. A product of TeleBrands Corporation, the pen is supposed to bring 3D printing materials to freehand drawing, allowing anyone to "draw in the air."

Understanding the Air Writer 3D Pen

The secret behind the 3D pen is a plastic material that flows from the pen tip, hardening quickly so that it leaves a pen trace wherever the user "draws." To produce different colors, the artist switches the coil of plastic material which is inserted in the pen. The material flows and solidifies quickly enough to follow gestures up, down, and sideways in three dimensions. Any of the ten colors supplied can be used together as the plastic sticks to previously drawn sections. With the included 3D Blueprint book pen users can start by using prepared designs, getting a feel for the device before creating their own 3D works of art.

How Much Does the Air Writer 3D Pen Cost?

TeleBrands offers one pen for $19.99 plus any required tax; shipping is an additional $7.99. A second pen kit can be included for a $12.99 fee. Buyer satisfaction is guaranteed with either a refund minus shipping and handling costs, or a replacement pen provided, for claims made within 30 days. The return process is straightforward and without preauthorization issues. Orders are processed within 24 hours, but shipping from TeleBrands can take three to six weeks depending on seasonal demand. Orders can be placed online or by phone, but the company offers telephone assistance with orders when needed.

Bottom Line: What To Expect If You Buy The Air Writer 3D Pen

Drawing in three dimensions with the Air Writer 3D Pen looks easy. It will require a steady hand to hold the pen in the air and "draw" a smooth line or shape while the plastic material is extruded. Depending on the pen weight and the strength of the user it could be difficult to make this motion successfully, especially for children. Flat "drawings" and tracings, though, will still be fairly easy to do as users create interesting objects in a new and colorful way.

Making sure the plastic sticks to itself will require some technique, so users should practice with the pen and learn how the material flows, sticks, and hardens. Using the pen is likely to be less successful at high or low temperatures outdoors, depending on how the 3D printing material reacts. By starting simply, getting to know the pen and 3D material before tackling ambitious projects, a user could find this device an interesting introduction to 3D printing concepts and a clever new arts and crafts experience.