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How to use a 3d pen

What do 3d printing pens do?

Instead of drawing on a 2 dimensional surface with 2 dimensional ink 3d pens let you draw and paint with plastic.


From among the different types of 3d pens you can choose from the important considerations that play a role in choice are price, filaments and the kind of work you’re going to do.


For instance, 3D Doodler can use both types of filaments available and has two speed settings.


Once you have decided which pen to use you will then need to set up the pen.


Power On: Connect the pen to the power supply and turn it ON.


Select a Filament: Based on the filaments that are supported select one that you want to work with and start creating.


Select the Temperature Setting: Temperature setting is mostly for pens that can work with two filaments. Select it be too high and you’re destroying the filament. So, you need to select appropriate temperature that each filament is suited to work with.

All good models come with indicator light that tell you when it’s ready to use.


Insert the Filament: Next insert the filament into the port.

A previously inserted filament won’t be flat and you should use a blade or scissors to make it flat.

Once the filament has been fully inserted press the extrude button so that the pen absorbs it fully.


Select the Speed Setting: The speed that you choose for the pen determines how fast the extruded plastic would come out. If you select slow the extruded melted filament would come out slow and for fast setting it will come out quickly.


How to get started with a 3d pen?

You must be excited about sharing your new found hobby and exquisite creations with the world.

But wait.

A beginner to this craft should start by doodling 2d objects. That sounds counterintuitive at first but believe me, this is crucial to gaining practice and bettering them as you go.

Start with a clean surface so that you know exactly where you stand.

Create an anchor point. To do this extrude a small amount of hot plastic on to the paper the size of a small pearl. This will be from where you draw out the entire thing.

From this anchor move the pen across the surface and keep extruding ink all the same. You might want to adjust the speed settings if the filament is being extruded at a higher rate than what you can control.


Also keep in mind that the pen’s tip should be close to the paper so that it doesn’t cool out before reaching the paper. You don’t want that. It results in a jumbled jagged mess at the tip that prevents further extrusion.


As soon as the sketch is completed and fully cooled down try peeling of the design from the surface.

If you’re wondering why your design looks so jagged and rough at the edges but the ones you see at Instagram are so smooth and shiny here’s a pro-tip for you.

In most cases, the designs made by the pros too come out jagged but they use scissors to trim of the edges and smoothen the layers.


Another pro trick is to keep the peeled out design in a toaster oven for a few minutes so that plastic remelts and hardens again. That should do the trick.


For 3d objects it’s better to get 2d designs and stick them together to make a 3d object.

Begin by sketching one side and then pasting together different sides with the help of extruded plastic filament.


Freehand drawing

Only the pros are able to do this probably. Sketching 3d designs into thin air isn’t the easiest possible task. It takes a lot of work and lots of practice.

You can begin with a solid anchor point on the clean surface and move up.

The pace at which you create the object and the pace at which the pen extrudes the plastic should match.

Otherwise it won’t just work.


The plastic has to cool and solidify and only then will it be able to support its own weight.


Once solid pull the pen away. It can leave a plastic trail of thread in its wake which can be trimmed with scissors.


For joining hold the pen at the junction and extrude the plastic. The different ends should come together now.


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