Due to the recent advancements in 3D printing, 3D printers and pens are not distinct items any more. Using 3D-printing pens, we are now capable of producing plastic masterworks by just setting down the pen on the surface, drawing a line up into the air and then start by adding details to this anchor.
These pens are still newfound. Starting the $2 million Kickstarter campaign in 2013, 3Doodler was the first. However, there are various newcomers nowadays to go for, hence three popular models examined by us are following:
3. 3Doodler Start, $49.99
Two models are being sold by 3Doodler: one of them is the “flagship 3Doodler 2.0” and the other one is the “Start” for the beginners. The latter is comparatively user-friendly due to its single button and strong, graspable body. Insert plastic filament into the hole at the top, press the orange button, and wait about 60 seconds for the pen to warm up. Then hold the same button to draw. A $99 kit also contains stencils, in addition to the pen, that help you get beyond the initial learning curve.
2. Lix Pen, $139.95
The Lix has designed the slimmest, lightest pen that we have examined so far. It weighs 1.6 ounces and feels more like a pen due to its less weight and thickness as compared to other competitors. The pen-like clip at the end of the Lix pen consists of four green indicator lights that display when the filament is ready to use. The fact that Lix must stay plugged into a power source while being used ruins the pen’s effect to some extent. However, it is the most elegant of 3D tools no matter what.
1. 7Tech Pen, $81.00
Of all the three pens that we tested, 7Tech is the only one that allows the users to control the speed and temperature of the filament. You can adjust with two sets of arrow-shaped buttons while reading these figures on a small screen. Although 7Tech gives you control, it is inconvenient. This is because of the fact that it demands to be plugged in all through its use, and the filament that comes with the pen is curved in a circular shape, which sticks out of the device and gets in the way of the ambitious artist.