Over the last few years, 3D Pen's have really started to take off to the point where we're now seeing new manufactures enter the market and older manufactures designing and building their 3rd generation 3d pens. From a consumer point of view this is great as there is both more choice on the market and the prices have come down, however it does leave question mark as to what's the best 3d pens on the market?
In this section we specifically going to focus on the comparing the 3d pen market to understand what are the options, what's the best 3d pen on the market and which should you be avoiding.
Over the last few years, we have seen interest in 3d pens steadily increase from a trickle of pens on the market to a Kickstarter project that was almost three times over subscribed due to the popularity. We have therefore taken the best 3d pens from across the market and written reviews on them.
Today's 3d pens are the driving force in the 3D market allowing both children and adults alike to feel and use 3D Printers at what can be a very affordable price. 3D Printer's are both expensive to buy and to run with a top 3D printer model costing well over $3,000 to buy and then hundreds more to run. 3D Printing Pen's are a great way especially for children to enter the 3D Printing market and allow you to draw and print your 3D designs whilst at the same time giving you a great introduction to 3D Printing. Before you buy your next 3D printing Pen, there are a few things that you do need to think about;
What To Look For In A Doodler Pen
How Does A 3D Doodler Printing Pen Work? If you imagine a hot glue gun - these work by heating up glue from an external source which is then protruded out of the device with the added manual pressure that you force down on the glue stick. A 3D printing pen works in a very similar way, although rather than heating glue, you're heating filament which is then extruded out of the device automatically as you move the pen along the surface. The material cool's which allows you to add a further layer on top meaning that you can create objects and designs over time. 3D pen's will typically look a lot like a normal pen, although will be slightly bigger as they will contain a stick of ABS or PLA plastic which is very much like the tough plastic material that Lego or even IKEA furniture is made out of. As soon as you turn the pen out, the pen heats up and melts the plastic which then allows the plastic to flow out of the hot tip of the pen. Given that the filament will take sometime to dry and is only forced out of the pen at a slow rate, building walls will take some time, however the plastic material does dry quickly enough meaning that you can draw wall vertically straight upwards.
What Do You Want To Design? Actually you can draw an endless number of different designs with your 3D pen, however whilst the prints will not be a solid or a professional looking as a 3D Printer, you can get your creative juices flowing and draw anything from 3D jewellery to toys and replicas to statues. You could also use a 3D pen to personalize existing models like an old iPhone case that has gone out of fashion or maybe even mend broken kitchen appliances or plastic trinkets in. If you run out of idea, the internet is full of inspiration and many of the 3D Printing manufactures come with online communities that are full of information that should provide you with hours of fun and even with designs and instructions to build fun things like The Eiffel Tower or a Christmas ornaments.
What Do I Need To Know?
Firstly you need to remember that whilst a 3D Printing pen is a toy, you need to be sensible with your toy as they can cause serious injury if you abuse them. The filament needs to be heated up to ensure that its soft and playable, however this also means that its very hot and if you get this on your fingers it will hurt. This means that whilst this type of unit is safe for children to use, to you do need to supervise them to ensure they do not cause themselves any problems along the way.
Generally turning on your 3D printing pen is very easy as they typically will come with a power supply cord which means that you can simply plug your pen into the wall. As soon as the power supply is active, a light indicator will who you that its switched on and heating up. As soon as its hot enough to use, typically the light will go off and you're ready to go.
With nearly all models that we have tested, there will be different speed options that will help to regulate the amount of filament that is being released any one time. The pen's will also come with a button that either releases the filament or stops it depending upon what you want or are designing at that specific time. One thing that is great about all 3D printing pen's is that they have been designed for both left handed and right handed people and whilst they will take some time to get used to they are very easy to use.
Are They Easy To Use?
Actually they are very easy to use, but do require extreme skill if you want to build complex designs with detail. Often when you read about a bad review on one of the review sites, its not so much because of the unit, but more because the user does not have the skills to use it to design anything but a basic design. Generally when you first switch on your 3D pen, you're first few designs will often be terrible, however once you have learn't how to use your pen, and understood how the pen extrudes filament, they are actually very easy to use.
What Will My Pen Come With?
Typically when you order a 3D Printing Pen your unit will come with everything that you need to get started, however we would recommend that you buy extra supplies of filament as they do not last long. Extra filament comes from assortment of up to 50 different complementary plastic strands that are available in either PLA or ABS. Each strand will typically be 10 inches long, but given that you're only using a small amount of it each time, they will typically produce more than 10 feet of doodled creations.
Best 3D Pens 2017
2016 has been a fantastic year for 3D Printing pens with many of the top 3D Printing manufactures bringing out new and upgraded versions on the their 3D printing pens. With all this competition for models, we have seen many new upgrades such as variable speed controllers, variable heat controllers
7Tech 3D Drawing Pen Review
The 7Tech 3D pen is one of the very best 3D Pens on the market and offers users a great introduction into 3D Printing. The 7Tech is made of plastic and comes in a range of colours with dimensions of 7.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 Inches, whilst weighing in at around 2.2 ounces and has been designed to fit easily into your hand and therefore control through your hand movement and reduce the amount of noise that this type of pen makes and whilst it does a great job of noise reduction, it’s not perfect with the pen still making noise.
The pen is battery charged although comes ready to print meaning that you can charge the printer, add filament and you’re ready to go.The 7Tech prints in both ABS and PLA filament and uses an LCD screen with increase/decrease temperature button to change between the two different temperatures that are required for printing with ABS and PLA. What really great about the pen is that it has been designed to use general filament and not the manufactures own brand of filament. This is fantastic as this allows you to buy the cheaper filament, rather than the most expensive on the market.
Once you’re ready to print, switch on the pen and it quickly heats up to between 160 and 230 degrees allowing you to start printing. There is a second button on the side of the pen that controls the speed of the filament flow meaning that you can change the flow using just one finger.
The 7Tech comes with a range of technology that helps it’s performance to include an unclogging mechanism that helps to prevent filament jamming inside the pen which is one of the most common complaints of 3D pen owners and many of the cheaper designs, an auto-standby feature that allow the pen to remain on standby without running the risk of burning your house down if it’s left on.
Overall the 7Tech 3D pen is firmly one of the best 3D pens on the market and one that we can highly recommend. We love the fact that it can print in both ABS and PLA and given it’s simply design and ease of use, it’s great for children as well.
MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen
The MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen is one of latest 3D pens to be released onto the market in 2017 and comes with the same simple design that many of the older models come with, but with a selection of new and improved features to help with performance.
The pen has been designed with an ergonomic shape that keeps all your controls always within reach and therefore helping you to manoeuvre you pen in ways that you thought was not possible beforehand using a 3D pen. The MYBT3D can be used either whilst connected to a power sourced or with an external USB power pack meaning that you are never short on power.
Like many of the latest 3D pens, the MYNT3D comes with the ability to print in both PLA and ABS from any manufacture on the market. This means that rather than being forced to by the expensive, manufacture own brand filament, you can now buy any filament that you want as long as it comes with a width of 1.75mm.
Once you’re ready to print, simply switch on the 3d pen and select the correct operating temperature based in the type of filament that you want to use. For ABS, you should be heating your pen up to 210 degrees, whilst for PLA it should be around the 165 degree point. What’s great about the pen is that you can easily see and adjust the temperature using the LCD screen on the side of the pen and control it using the +/- keys next to the screen. During our test, we only used PLA and ABS which works great, however it’s also possible to use the pen with PETG, Polycarbonate, TPU and electrically conductive Protopasta. Using the 3d pen is easy especially given the fact there are also buttons on the side that help you to regulate speed & flow for optimal control while you're drawing.
Overall we have really enjoyed using the MYNT3D during our test and think it offers users a fantastic performance and a well designed and easy-to-use 3D pen. There is not much we don’t like, however the pen did get clogged up once which is common of 3D printers of old. Most of the latest 3D pens comes with an anti-clogging system that stops the pen clogging up, however the MYNT3D does not have this feature.
3Doodler Version 3 3D Printing Pen
2017 was also the release of the 3rd generation of the 3Doodler. We have reviewed the first two models below and were particularly impressed with their performance. For this reason we were highly hopeful of this 3rd generation model.
The 3d pen has been completely re-designed from top to bottom and now comes with a slim, light-weight design that is offers the best 3d pen performance that we have every come across in a pen. The pen comes with dimensions of 6.3 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches and whilst it’s made in an aluminum body, plastic accents, and temperature switch. It’s both very easy to control and use. The pen comes complete with the box including a power adapter, an unblocking tool, a nozzle removal tool, mini screwdriver, a quick start guide and 50 strands of 3Doodler’s filament.
The 3d pen needs to be connected to the power mains meaning that once you’re ready to print you simply need to attach the 3mm ABS or PLA filament to the pen, wait for it to heat up to the correct temperature using the colored ring on the end of the pen. Red indicates that it’s heating up, blue indicates that it’s ready to go in high temperature with green indicating that it’s ready to print in the lower temperature. Controlling the pen is very easy given that you only have a choice of fast or slow print buttons to control the filament flow rate.
The 3rd generation of the 3doodler comes is a brilliant 3d pen and quite frankly we love it’s simplicity, however it does come with a few problems that make us question whether this is something that we would actually buy. Firstly whilst the pen does print in both ABS and PLA, you have very little control over the exact temperature other than the button for each temperature grade.
This is not a major problem, but what is a major problem is that you have to use 3Doodler’s 3mm own brand filament which of course cost twice the price meaning that it’s actually quite expensive to run with the average cost being around $20 for a pack of filament. On the plus side, the simplicity of the design means that it’s suitable for children and adults alike, it offers value-for-money, it’s incredibly easy to operate and offers fantastic performance.
Overall whilst we do think there are better 3d pens on the market today, the 3Doodler is a great option. We love the 3Doodler’s Community Project page on their website that has hundreds of suitable projects that you can use to start drawing right away. We thought that ABS printing worked well with the plastic cooling almost as soon as it came out of the pen, and whilst the PLA does smell terrible, it really has no problem being used with the pen.
Aerb 3D Printing Pen
The Aerb 3D Printing Pen is another of the latest 2017 3d pens to enter the 3d pen market and bring with it a 3d pen that offer value for money whilst still superb performance. The pen is made from Aluminium and plastic and comes with a great design that easily fits into your hand and therefore allows you to control the pen and your designs.
The pen comes complete and ready to go meaning that you can simply plug the power cord directly into the top of the pen, wait for it to warm up to the correct temperature and get printing. The pen comes with and LCD screen that allows you to choose the correct filament type, it supports both PLA and ABS, and the correct temperature to support that filament type. What’s also great is that the Aerb 3d pen uses the standard 1.75mm filament meaning that you can buy filament in a range of colors and at the cheapest price on the market meaning that it’s cheap to run.
Once the LCD light turns green, you’re ready to print meaning that you can use the speed control plus and minus buttons on the side of the pen to control the flow of filament out of the pen. Performance is great, however what does concern us slightly is that Aerb is a new manufacture of 3D pens and this is a new 3D pen that has only been release to the market in the last couple of months and other than a few reviews and a three day test, we have not heard much about it.
In principle it’s a great 3d pen, however we have recommended 3d printers in the past before we have properly had time to test them and they have let us down. We don’t think this is going to happen to the Aerb, however we would like to do some more testing before we can properly recommend it.
3Doodler Version 2 3D Printing Pen
The original 3Doodler was a fantastic success straight from it’s kickstarter funding through to it’s mass market introduction, however it's now two years old and as a result with technology moving so fast, the team behind the original 3Doodler have brought out a new re-designed version that comes with a whole host of new features and upgrades to make what started off as a fantastic product, even better. First up, it’s about the quarter of the size of the old version which really helps to keep the whole pen in your hands whilst at the same offering fantastic flexibility move the pen around and create your designs.
Getting started is very easy and simply requires you to plug your printing pen into the wall, flick the on switch and put a stick of either ABS or PLA filament into the pen and wait for the indicator light to tell you when the unit is ready to be used. Once the indicator light has gone off, simply select your speed and start doodling.
Other features include a continuous feed section that you can activate double clicking the extrude button and simply means that you don’t have to hold down the extruder button whilst your drawing complex or large models, it’s very easy to clean and maintain thanks to it’s design which means that it never gets clogged or jammed up and is also very easy to upgrade where the possibilities include different extruders and even a battery pack that means you can use your printing pen to draw completely free-hand.
Overall we love the all new 3Doodler Version Two, we loved version one, but this all new version is much better. We love the new design that means that children and adults can have fun designing and building their models and objects that can be used in everyday life.
Scribbler V3 3D Printing Pen
We tested and love the Scribbler Version One 3D Printing pen and cannot believe how time fly’s so much that there is now a version three of this beloved printing pen. The key difference between the pen’s is in the design with the new version three still being made of plastic, but this time being design much smaller and therefore much more comfortable to use when you trying to freehand control the pen to create your designs. he Scribble comes in six different colors and weight in at just over 2.3 Oz which makes it the lightest pen on the market.
Controlling your pen is very easy, from the large LCD screen that give you all the information that you need such as when the pen is ready to use, the type of filament that your using and more importantly the speed that the extruder slues out the filament. You have a choice of six different speeds from slow to fast meaning that if you’re wanting to create a brilliant design, you have the choice of how much control you want to have.
Overall the Scribbler Version three is a much-improved version that is highly suitable for children and adults alike to get into the world of 3D printing and start building their own designs. Performance is fantastic as is value for money that lets your creative mind design amazing models and objects that you can use in everyday life. We love it.
CreoPop 3D Printer Pen
The CreoPop 3D Printer Pen is a new model to the 3D printing pen world and works in a slightly different way that can be more suitable for children. Your average 3D Pen works by heating plastic filament, which then is pushed through an extruder onto your model layer by layer to create your design. The CreoPop works slightly differently given that it does not use heat to melt plastic filament and instead uses photopolymers or light sensitive ink that harden when it’s expose to LED dioders. This means that there are no hot parts on your printing pen and therefore nothing for children to burn themselves on and therefore very child friendly whilst at the same time still offering fantastic performance.
Apart from being very child friendly due to not using heat, it’s also very user friendly given that there are many different types of ink that can be used to create hobbyist items, including glittering ink, glow in the dark ink and many, many different colors that can easily be used at all at the same time to create a design that is both colourful, whilst at the same time looking professional.
The key downside to the CreoPop 3D printing pen is that it uses it’s own exclusive ink cartridges that are only sold by CreoPop and therefore are slightly more expensive that standard plastic filament, however they do last for a long time meaning that you can easily get around 15 meters out of each cartridge.
Overall, we do like the CreoPop 3D printer and think that it comes with a wealth of different opportunities, but like many first generation models, it does also come with a number of problem areas that may cause concern. How save for children is it to use ultraviolet light? Honestly I don’t know the answer, but what I do know is that if you shine light directly at a wooden table for a few minutes, the color of the table changes.
Top Three Doodler Pen's 2016
What's The Top 3D Doodler Printing Pens? Below we have review the Top 3D Doodler Printing Pen's and made a decision which are the best models to buy and more importantly, which you should avoid. We have also made a video and the bottom of this page showing you all three models in action.
Lay3r 3Doodler Drawing Pen
If you're in the market for a 3D printing pen, there is no better place to start than the Lay3r 3D Drawing Pen which offers buyers a fantastic printing pen that is great value for money, whilst being super easy to use and maintain will provide adults and children hours of fun. The great thing about this design is that it can easily be used with children given there are big buttons meaning that it's easy to control, however I would probably only let my children loose with ABS filament given it does not smell and is much less harmful if it touches your skin. We tested this model extensively over many months and can vouch that it performs well and for this reason gave it the first place in our 3D printing pen review. We also own a couple of these pen's and can tell you that they are great fun. Watch the demonstration below on youtube and let us show you how it works.
The pen is designed so that it can easily fit into your hands and whilst it's made of plastic it does not feel completely solid, however it works well. The pen uses as standard 1.75 mm ABS filament and comes with an added benefit of an auto-shut off feature meaning that if you leave the pen alone for a long period of time, it will shut off automatically. Performance is fantastic and with some practice you can easily design exotic works of art.
Two slight problems, firstly it does not comes with the ability to use PLA filament, however it does come with lots of spare ABS filament to give you hours of fun and secondly it does not come with an On-Off switch which is not a problem but something that all the other pens we tested have and don't see why this one does not.
Scribbler 3D Doodler Printing Drawing Pen
Overall we love the Scribbler 3D Doodler Printing Drawing Pen and gave it our highest ever rating due to it's fantastic, very easy to use design and great value for money price that means you're buying a 3D printing pen that has been designed well and built to last. Whilst we only had this pen for a few weeks and therefore could not really test the longevity of the design, during our test, we never had any problems to report other than the fact that we wanted one. Given we could not really test the longevity of the design, we decided to give this printing place a second place in our review on the top three printing pens, however we would be very happy with this pen if we ever bought it.
The slim, light weight design means that it's very easy to use and heater built inside means that at all times the ABS filaments which extrudes from a small nozzle at the base of the pen it always kept at the right temperature to be used at a moments notice. Switching on the pen, an LED green and yellow light is turned on with the green light turning off when the pen has fully warmed up to the correct temperature. In general we found that 3D Pens are quite tricky to get the hang of, with none of this being because of the pen itself, you just need to take some practice and in this case we think this where any bad reviews have come from given they were quickly bored because they simple did not have enough talent to do the drawing itself. We loved this unit and thought it was the best 3D printing pen across the market.
3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
The 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen was originally conceived as the world’s first 3D printing pen on the Kickstarter market and came with dimensions of 7.5 X 1.5 4 Inches and weighs around 1.4 pounds. The pen has been designed well and offers users a two button control system with one controlling the output in two speeds (fast and slow) and the other allowing you to go in reverse. An in-built fan means that the pen will never over-heat and therefore keep the unit at a controlled temperature which is safe for children.
We love the performance of this pen and the fact that it prints in both ABS or PLA which is fantastic as many pen's don't allow this. We find we use this pen a lot a great touch up platform for our larger 3D models that have slight problem within the print. Overall we like and have never had any problems with out model, however if you have a look at the reviews section above, you will notice plenty of users that have had problems an left terrible feed-back. Do your research if you want to buy this model, we would recommend it, but we know plenty of people that would not.