3Doodler Create 3D Pen Deals
The 3Doodler Create + is the latest 3D printing pen from 3Doodler. For the stranger, 3D printing pens use plastic filaments to draw physical designs – like some kind of handheld 3D printer. Fun enough for kids to enjoy, they also have more creative uses for adults in art and design.
3Doodler 3D printing pens have been around in a variety of guises for a few years now, but the latest versions have felt more complete while maintaining their fun nature. We tested Create + and created this comprehensive review to help you make an informed choice.
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3Doodler Create +: design and functions
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The Create + pen (there are other versions for younger users and learning settings) is optimized and doesn’t feel much larger than a standard felt-tip pen. This is a big improvement as older versions felt a bit unwieldy and were heavy enough to cause discomfort with longer doodles.
It’s nicely built, with well-placed buttons and a window showing the filament feeding mechanism. When it comes to the kit, it’s worth noting that the power cord that needs to be plugged in (it’s not a charger, it’s a power adapter) is a bit short. I would love to see a longer one to reduce the clutter in the extension. That said, it fits well and is lightweight, reduces fatigue when pulling in the air!
The 3Doodler Create + enables printing / scribbling with different materials and each has a different use. PLA is pretty standard and cheap and simple, while ABS is stronger and hardens faster. The third material, FLX, is similar to being used as PLA, but has a more flexible hardened state.
3Doodler Create +: Key Specifications
Price: £ 59
Part of the appeal of this package – aside from the completeness of the bundled material, pen, and instructions – is the online element. While it’s difficult to quantify something as changeable as web-based content selection, it’s really nice to see 3Doodler use the web to assist its users with loads of videos, tutorials, and schematics so that users can really get the most out of their experience can. A little hand holding can go a long way, but the real power here lies in the inspirational aspect of what can be achieved, from household corrections to 3D costume and jewelry designs.
3D Doodler Create + Review: Performance
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The 3Doodler allows you to draw on a surface that feels like thick paint. Then the fun begins when you can lift the tip in the air and create a lattice or frame. This may not have the precision of a regular printer, but it is far more interactive and fun. There are templates that you can use to create different models and weld parts together with the pen. The Eiffel Tower is an obvious choice for a demo, but that doesn’t detract from the fun and sense of achievement. It’s fair to say this can be a test to begin with, as muscle memory isn’t there for most people, but perseverance pays off.
Should you buy the 3Doodler Create +?
This generation of the device is much easier to use and provides good, fun results once you’ve done the exercise. The kit contains more than enough different materials to get you going, adding both fun and value.
This article was originally published in 3D World, the world’s best-selling magazine for CG artists. Subscribe to 3D World.
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