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Everything is better in three dimensions. Look no further than your average 3D printer, for example, or even a good VR headset. Heck, would "Avatar" have made such a splash without its then-jaw-dropping 3D?
That's why I'm particularly excited about today's deal. It not only elevates a common practice -- drawing -- from 2D to 3D, it's also a product I've never featured before. (And that's a rarity around these parts.)
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Wellbots is offering the 3Doodler 2.0, DoodlePad, Nozzle Set and Project Book for $99.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code 3DRICK at checkout. Regular price for all those items separately: $153.97.
Update: I'm informed by Wellbots that buyers will actually receive the newer (and better) 3Doodler Create. Everything else in the bundle remains the same.
The 3Doodler 2.0 is a second-generation version of the Kickstarter-favorite pen that "writes" in 3D. Specifically, it melts and extrudes plastic filament, allowing you to create shapes in three dimensions -- which is exactly as cool as it sounds.
Is it practical? Not really. Is it a great creative outlet, especially for bored kids who need a new summertime activity? Definitely.
The pen normally retails for $99.99 all by itself. The extra goodies are definitely worth having, starting with the Nozzle Set that lets you "write" in different sizes. The Doodle Pad gives you a plastic, graph paper-like surface for more precision drawings, and the Project Book solves arguably one of the biggest dilemmas of all: what to create. (Personally, I always do better when I have a visual, rather than just trying to create in the abstract.)
Replacement filament will run you about $10 per pack of 25 (and 3Doodler sells a huge variety of colors and combinations), but you can also get third-party ABS or PLA filament for a lot less. (Example: Here's a 12-pack of colors, each in 32-foot strands, for just $9.99.)
Speaking of third parties, you could buy just the pen for less, but there's definite value in getting the whole bundle.
Bonus deal: Fellow nerds! If you love Star Trek the way I love Star Trek, you can probably think of nothing better than listening to Star Trek audiobooks when you're in the car, on the train and so on. Especially if they're free, am I right? Well, you can borrow dozens of Star Trek audiobooks at no charge, provided you have a library card. Just check to see if your library has partnered up with Hoopla. If not, time to have a conversation with your friendly neighborhood librarian. (Tell them all the cool libraries are doing it.)