How does a 3D pen work?

Artists across the world got a major boost with the influx of 3D pens in the market. Creativity stepped up a notch higher. And now adults as well as the young ones can venture into 3D art at the comfort of their homes. 

If you’re looking to know how they work, you may be in the market for a 3D pen, or you’ve just bought one.. But if you are just starting out, have a look at this detailed buying guide by Reviews Rabbit. Order your favorite 3D pen and I’ll help you get started. 

What is a 3D pen and how does it work?

A 3D pen closely resembles a ballpoint pen. The major difference is that, whereas the ballpoint pen uses ink, the 3Dpen uses plastic. With a ballpoint pen, you can only write in 2D mode. The 3D pen allows you to write in 3D, or rather create 3D objects.

The plastic, herein referred to as the filament is fed into the rear end of the pen. By pressing the button on the side of the pen, you drive a motor, which pulls the filament through the pen. Once the filament hits the bottom of the pen, it is heated up so that it flows through the tip in molten form. 

In addition to the motor button, most 3D pens come with two other buttons:

  • A button for unloading the filament from the pen. Yes! The filament is not stored within the pen as is the case with ballpoint or fountain pens. 
  •  A button for controlling the speed with which the plastic flows out of the nozzle. The faster the speed, the narrower the molten strand – and the vice versa is true.

To use the 3D pen, hold it like a normal pen. Press the printing button and wait for about 30 seconds for the plastic to start oozing out. Remember the nozzle is hot. Don’t attempt touching it. You will badly burn your fingers. Move the nozzle to and fro the template in line with what you are drawing. The nozzle doesn’t have to be in tight contact with the surface as is the case with the normal pen. Lift it off slightly to allow the plastic to flawlessly flow out.    

Is a 3D pen worth it?

In my opinion, the 3D pen is a very valuable tool for artists, children, and DIYers. Artists are able to advance their creativity into the 3D realm and create whatever object their mind thinks of. For children, it is a really reasonable playing tool as it improves their creativity. They are able to create the toy that they want to play with, rather than just get a complete toy from the stores. DIY enthusiasts will definitely find the 3D pen useful in fixing damaged objects or adding decorations to everyday household items. 

How do you use a 3D pen?

The best way to get started is by using a template for penning over. Draw the shape you want on the template using ink or pencil. Once you deposit the plastic onto the template, give it time to cool and harden. Handling it immediately may considerably distort your work of art. To keep your work neat, consider releasing the motor button some 2 or 3 seconds before the end of a specific line you are drawing. This is due to the fact that the plastic keeps oozing out for sometime after you release the button. 

What do you draw on with a 3D pen?

Experienced artists mostly use 3D pens free-style, meaning they directly create their 3D imaginations without the need of a template. To get to that level, consider drawing your objects on a piece of paper on which you have sketched the faces of the desired object. In case you are lost on what exactly to draw, feel free to search online for 3D pen stencils. Kick off your artistic journey in style.