3D printing technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, and 3D pens are struggling to keep up. There's no question as to the coolness of these hot little gadgets. After all, the object-on-demand quality of the technology fits in one hand. Perhaps user dissatisfaction stems from the plastic's too-slow extrusion and cooling, but then again, 3D printers are much slower and harder to grasp. Maybe the reason behind the tepid sales of 3D pens has less to do with quality and more with the pen holder's abilities or lack of forbearance. Desktop 3D printers require technical and software knowledge but do the fabrication for you whereas the 3D penster has to do the work him/herself. There's a strong learning curve involved, along with a deft hand and a little patience.
3Doodler is credited with Kickstarting the world's first 3D pen, the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen, and it was a massive hit. It was also extremely bulky, so they've since slimmed down the design with their more current 3Doodler Create. Newer 3D pens, like the CoLiDo 3D Pen, are also getting skinnier, and the industry and user are better for it. A great feature of the CoLiDo pen is its retractable nozzle, something that 3Doodler and others could take a cue from.
The 3Doodler 2.0 is the version between the original pen and the Create. While the CoLiDo is tubular, the 2.0 is a square tube, and is much slimmer than its predecessor. It has a fully re-engineered drive system, a new nozzle design, better airflow, and dual speed control. It is compatible with ABS and PLA. This pen is not well rated, most likely due to jamming and the feeding mechanism's long lead-in -- nothing that a pair of tweezers, a little practice, and a newer model can't overcome.
The product never worked. We tried everything listed as trouble shooting ... we even obtained a replacement pen, which also didn't work. Spend your money elsewhere.
This didn't work perfectly. Clogged immediately, didn't release plastic at an even pace, and I ended up returning it.
This is a great product, a lot of fun to use and play with and create art projects. 3Doodler also provided great customer support... Highly recommended!
While you probably won’t find many practical uses for it, 3Doodler is an incredibly fun tool for creative people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels.
It is by far the coolest thing I have ever played with. I am not good at arts and crafts but this item has helped me be creative.
This product only lasted a few weeks, very unhappy with it. Followed instructions implicitly but just didn't live up to expectations.
It is fun just messing around. But on the practical side I was able to make a new bluetooth earpiece... since mine broke. I used the Flexy plastic though. Love it!
The concept is great. However this is a horrible and unreliable brand. I returned it but have gotten my money back yet.
Students who visit our new Maker Space have been trying out the 3D pen. It compliments their use with the 3D printer. Awesome 3Doodler!
It didn't work. You couldn't get the plastic into the pen. Definite design flaw. Would not recommend.