Crayons from 3D printed molds surpass crowdfunding goal, all proceeds go to children's charity

3ders.org | 12/1/2016 | Staff
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Christian McKechnie and Ben Lees, the two advertising executives behind Monster Crayons, have announced their charitable crayons will hit stores in early 2017.

Back in February, McKechnie and Lees launched a crowdfunding initiative to start manufacturing and distributing Monster Crayons, their product aiming to support Australian charity Act For Kids. Set from 3D printed molds, the colourful monster-shaped crayons were designed with abused children in mind.

Duo - Idea - Monsters - Therapist - Children

The duo was particularly drawn to the idea of monsters, after learning from a therapist that vulnerable children attending art therapy classes often draw monsters to express themselves. “It struck a chord with us and we wanted to turn it around… every drawing takes away the child’s monster,” McKechnie told press.

The symbolism of using a monster-shaped crayon and watching it disappear as you draw was powerful for the pair, who felt the crayons best represented how art therapy can help abused or neglected children work through their emotions.

McKechnie - Lees - Prototypes - Crayons - Saucepans

McKechnie and Lees made the prototypes by melting existing crayons in saucepans and pouring the liquid into molds. The molds were then refined through 3D printing, resulting in a colourful array of friendly monster shapes.

Monster Crayons began crowdfunding in February with an initial goal of $20,000. Word spread...
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