Arts and crafts are not only fun, they're a useful way to instill, cultivate, and stimulate the creative drive where it might otherwise lie dormant. So when the 3D pen made its debut in 2013, it enabled people to find their inner artist, and kids and their teachers and parents have been doing projects together ever since. The 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is one example from the maker of the world's first 3D pen, though this particular unit is a tad bulky. The Sketchpro 3D Pen has soft, curved contours and weighs only 1.7 ounces.
The Light House V5 weighs 2.2 ounces which, while light, is still heavier than the Sketchpro, and when it comes to prolonged use, it's better to have a lighter pen so as to avoid wrist and hand fatigue. The V5 features an advanced unclogging mechanism whereby a low voltage ceramic heating element prevents the smoothly flowing filament from jamming or clogging the nozzle. Unlike the Sketchpro, the V5 has flat, angular surfaces as are found on pencils, and it tapers nicely. It claims to have fast heat dissipation so that you don't burn yourself, though it probably doesn't have an internal fan like the Lay3r V2
The V5 comes with 2 loops of 1.75-mm PLA filament. Although it does work with ABS, Light House strongly recommends PLA as it is both less toxic and works at a lower temperature. Note that the Lay3r V2 works with ABS only. There is also an extrusion speed control function on the V5 that lets you adjust the feeding. This 3D printing pen is recommended for artisans above the age of 8, unlike the 12-years-old age recommendation of the V2. For anyone younger than 8, adult supervision is advised.
Second 3d pen we've tried, sadly a fail. The base where your fingers naturally land gets very hot to the touch. Extruder tip, maybe too short, catches the extruded material.
The possibilities are endless with the projects you can do with it. This was my first time using a 3D pen, so I needed lots of practice, but it was a lot of fun learning.