Shine's Kid-Safe 'Awamoko' 3D Printing Pens Use Foam Instead of Plastic

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jun 29, 2016
References: shine-jp & 3dprint
The rise of additive manufacturing has inspired the creation of several 3D printing pens for kids, including this ultra-safe one from Japanese toy maker Shine.

Unlike many pens that use melted plastic filament, the 'Awamoko 3D Foam Pen' uses foam as a medium for sculpting. The soap that's used in the pen is the same kind that can be found in public restrooms, which means that this bathtime toy is not only safe and gentle on skin, but it can also be easily cleaned up as well. To use the toy, a single button on the device can be pressed to begin releasing foam for sculpting.

Rather than using a heated liquid plastic that needs time to cure, the Awamoko 3D Foam Pen makes the most of a cost-effective medium that parents won't have issues refilling.