In February, New York-based technology company 3Doodler introduced a mobile app and several new activity kits for its extremely popular 3D printing pens. This week, the Kickstarter darling company announced something new – the 3Doodler Juku pen. The company has partnered with Office Depot, and this collaboration includes the launch of the Juku as part of an exclusive new STEAM educational kit series, which are now available for purchase in Office Depot and OfficeMax stores.
“3Doodler has cultivated a market for handheld 3D printing products that make this exciting new technology accessible for everybody. This partnership will introduce Office Depot customers to the magic of 3D printing pens and their infinite creative possibilities through Juku,” stated Nicole Lord, Senior Director, Private Brand Growth for Office Depot, Inc.
3Doodler was interested in partnering with Office Depot because it’s one of North America’s largest education retailers, with many years of experience in direct sales of educational products to schools, their districts, teachers, and students. The company’s position in the education sector aligns with 3Doodler’s goal of expanding the use of its products into the classroom.
Over 8,000 classrooms across North America already use 3Doodler products, and by partnering with the popular educational supplier, even more school districts will have access through their existing relationships with Office Depot.
3Doodler’s CEO Daniel Cowen said, “Office Depot's access to and passion for the education market is something that made a partnership extremely attractive to us. As we strive to inspire and enable everyone to create with the 3Doodler, Office Depot offered a truly unique relationship which we're excited to build upon in the coming years.”
While 3Doodler has been focused on STEM and STEAM education for quite some time, its new collaboration with Office Depot is the company’s first partnership that’s focused on EDU products.
The 3Doodler-specific Juku pen kit, which includes two packages of PLA filament, retails for $74.99 and is available to purchase online and at one of Office Depot’s over 2,000 stores; class pack discounts are available on bulk orders to the company’s Business Solutions Division educational customers. The new 3D printing pen, designed for users ages 12 and up, is not dissimilar to the design of last year’s Create+ pen, with the ability to draw in ABS, Flexy, and PLA plastic and dual drive functionality. In addition, the Juku is also compatible with wood filaments from 3Doodler.
Three other Juku-branded activity kits make up Office Depot’s new educational series. The Juku STEAM Making Music Coding Kit teaches users to build their own instruments, and includes cables so the pen can be connected to the computer, where Scratch programming language can be used to create unique melodies.
The Juku STEAM Light Games Coding Kit uses Scratch programming language so users can make their own games and bring them to life, while the Juku STEAM LED Light Show Coding Kit teaches users how to code LED lights in order to perform various effects and animations.
This summer, Office Depot will display its new Juku line at several of the top educational conferences, including PTA and ISTE. In addition, I just so happen to have the 3Doodler Juku 3D printing pen in my possession, having been shipped a sample unit for review. I’m excited to put this product through its paces, so keep posted for my future review of the Juku.
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