How Artistically Inclined Do You Have to Be to Use a 3-D Pen?

There will come a time, down the line, when 3-D printing will be something that everyone is familiar with, if not fluent in. I don’t know what that society looks like, but a decade ago, we didn’t know what a society with smartphones would look like, and here we are. What I do know is that right now, 3-D printing seems like interesting novelty rather than essential technology, but that’s really only because most of us have had very little interaction with it.

Personally, I would love the chance to really get at the heart of what’s going on with the tech, but unfortunately, two factors are holding me back: The first is that science hurts my brain, and the second is that I live in a small apartment and barely have room for the things I do own, let alone anything that makes more things. Alas, my dream of being able to print replacement battery covers for my remote controls remains just a dream.

But that doesn’t mean I’m completely locked out of the world of 3-D printing. 3-D printing pens are a thing, and the folks at CreoPop were kind enough to send over a CreoPop Starter package for us to check out.

To be honest, I was a little intimidated. I get a lot of things from my father – facial structure, love of music, an occasionally wild temper – but artistic ability is not one of those things. I am the right-handed son of a left-hander. I’m also easily the worst doodler on the Houston Press staff; we are a doodle-happy group for a bunch of writers.

But, with charged CreoPop in hand, I was determined to doodle something into this world. Maybe not something useful, but something. Watch the video above to see how it turned out.
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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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