3D Pen Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best 3D Printing Pen

Are you in the market for a 3D pen? The 3D pen is one of the hottest tech products in years, and for good reason; it’s incredible fun! There are thousands of uses from drawing to creating and repairing just about anything. But which is the best 3d printing pen to buy? This article will help you choose.

1. 3Doodler Create+

The world’s first in a 3D printing device. Featuring improved power, durability, and reliability for a superior doodling experience.

*Prices accurate at time of writing

The 3Doodler Create+ is a fantastically designed product. It’s not as feature-rich as its more expensive PRO version, but it’s easy to use and the pen itself is tiny compared to competitors. 3Doodler’s FLEXY plastics, which include both PLA filament and ABS filament, are ideal for 3D printing, but they do need to be purchased from the company itself.

My son was so amazed by his first 3D drawing pen that he bought a second one. He uses them to change the look of his action figures and in no time, that action figure looked more like a superhero than ever before. The best gift we gave him this Christmas was a set of three 3D pens. This is the perfect way to stimulate his creativity and let him play around with his own ideas.

2. 3Doodler Start

Designed with no hot parts, completely safe for kids aged 6+. Pen nozzle and plastic can be touched with no burn risks. Uses only the safest 3Doodler Start plastic filaments.

*Prices accurate at time of writing

If you’re looking for a kid friendly 3D pen, there are so many things to consider:

  • safety – can it cause burns when used improperly or without adult supervision?
  • mobility – because we all know that kids hate wires and love to run around!
  • ease of use – can a kid just “jump into it” and start using it immediately, instead of having to bore them with complicated instructions?
  • creative potential – can kids actually create cool stuff that looks as good as it’s advertised and doesn’t fall apart easily? because otherwise they’d get frustrated by it and give up…
  • ruggedness / reliability – because we all know kids are great at breaking stuff

And you soon get to realize that these turn into conflicting requirements for a product…

3Doodler pen Start is one of the few products that gets all of these right:

  • it’s safe – even the nozzle only gets warm (not hot enough to burn) – this is possible because it uses a special kind of proprietary “bioplastic” that melts at lower temperature (and it’s also non-toxic and eco-friendly )
  • it’s truly mobile – on one battery charge (internal, fixed) it can go for up to 1 h (probably half), and it charges via a Micro USB cable, so there’s good chance you can extend its actual mobility via a USB PowerBank or plug it into an USB car charger for the kids to have in-car fun during road-trips… this tops all other molten plastic 3D pens
  • it’s extremely easy to use (just ONE button) and it actually has great creative potential – you can draw things that looks pretty darn close to those made by pro 3D pen artists with it, the only limit being the kid’s talent! As opposed to photopolymer ink pens (you can read more about below) make it hard to draw objects that are both large and interesting looking and detailed. There are creative limitations due to the nature of the low-temperature eco-plastic, for example you can’t easily draw straight into the air like you can do with ABS (but you also don’t have the nasty fumes and hot top of ABS drawing…)

To top these off, this 3D pen is known to be pretty rugged (rugged than most adult oriented pens!) and not that hard to unclog. To be honest, there are other pens with similar low temperature polymers, but after sorting them based on price/quality and on the quality of other review, they never even got to our short list for this review.

This wireless 3D pen is designed to be used by children between the ages of 6 and 10, keeping the controls and functionality of the pen simple and easy for small hands.

 Its speciality is that it is made of a biodegradable material called Ego Plastic. It is a very safe material to work with, suitable for children.

It’s easy to use and fun. It’s more than a 3D pen; it’s a learning tool. The safety tip is perfect for younger kids who won’t burn their hands. It melts plastic consistently, and it’s easy to use. You can charge it via USB.

3. MYNT3D 3D Pen Pro

Watch imagination come to life with the Professional 3D Pen

*Prices accurate at time of writing

The Mynt3D 3D Pen Pro is one of the coolest 3D pens out there. It is a versatile and well-designed device that can handle high temperatures. The Mynt3D Pen Pro works great with battery power banks for mobile use.

This pen allows you to tailor the speed of your 3D drawing process, making it suitable for various levels of detail. The adjustable feed lets you fine-tune the flow of the filament to keep you in complete control and tackle whatever task is on hand.

4. MYNT3D Super 3D Pen

Turn your ordinary drawings into 3D works of art

*Prices accurate at time of writing

The Super 3D Pen is the same pen as the Pro 3D Pen, but it is cheaper and can be found in Best Buy stores. The Super 3D Pen does not include an OLED screen or a temperature adjustment screw. Instead, a simple screw will allow users to switch between ABS and PLA plastic material.

Easy to use for 3d art projects and quick repairs on 3D prints. The bond mix is easy to use and creates a strong bond for repairs of ABS or PLA plastic.

This is a great tool for beginners, especially those ages 9-12. The quality of the materials is high, and the instructions are clear. You can adjust the speed of the plastic as it comes out, which can be helpful for younger kids.

5. SCRIB3D Advanced 3D Printing Pen

Create, Draw, Doodle, Sketch, and Build like a Pro in 3D with our new SCRIB3D Advanced Pen.

*Prices accurate at time of writing

Use this 3D print pen for a smooth and accurate 3D drawing experience. The SCRIB3D has a variable speed control, LCD screen to monitor heat, and other engineering enhancements for precise Doodling.

The SCRIB3D Advanced 3D pen is calibrated to provide precise 3D control. With the pen’s adjustable temperature, you can adjust the extrusion temperature to your liking.

After careful research, I decided to buy this 3-D pen. It was easy enough for my 7-year-old daughter to use, and she and I enjoyed using it together. We made a bicycle and sunglasses as our first projects to get acquainted with the tool. We still have lots of fun with it!

6. SCRIB3D P1 3D pen

Create, Draw, Doodle, and Build in 3D with this affordable yet high grade 3D pen. 

*Prices accurate at time of writing

The SCRIB3D P1 3D Printing Pen is designed to work on a variety of projects. The speed control works in any situation, from intricate designs and slower infill work to faster more complicated models.

The P1 pen is designed to work with ABS and PLA plastic filaments, and it can also be adjusted for more precise control when printing. The tactile, slider switch on the side of the pen gives it a very smooth feel in your hand while you are 3D printing.

What Is a 3D Printing Pen?

3D printing pen is a handy tool for making physical models. Whether you use it to make toys, decorations, or artworks, 3D printing pen allows you to make objects right in front of you.

It is a portable version of 3D printer, but instead of using a plastic, it uses a filament type that is heated up to form the desired shape. Most 3D printing pens require batteries or are powered by a USB cable.

How Does a 3D Pen Work?

There are two ways in which a 3D printing pen works: hot or cold.

Similar to a 3D printer, a hot pen uses plastic filament. When it’s heated to the point of melting, the pen is used to extrude it.

The air around the pen quickly cools it as it leaves the pen. Any surface or thin air can be used to draw desired objects. Hot 3D pens are similar to hot glue guns in that they work in a similar way.

A cold pen is able to convert a liquid to a solid. The ink is photosensitive and can be used to make this happen. It is solidified using UV light when it leaves the pen.

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