In the world of 3D printing pens, the 3Doodler is the biggest name and the first pioneer in the technology. The new 2.0 pen is a leap forward from the original model and fixes several of the problems that plagues the original; however it is not without a few faults.
What’s in the Box
The 3Doodler 2.0 comes with much of the same stuff as the original. There’s the pen itself, now much slimmer and lighter than the original; a six-foot power cord, instructions and a quick start guide, a screwdriver that is used to fine-tune the temperature, and two sets of ABS plastic strands to get started with. The pack includes 5 strands which are glow in the dark as well.
The 3Doodler 2.0 is ready to go out of the box, simply plug it in and insert plastic filament (It’s best to let the pen heat up all the way before you insert the plastic to prevent jamming). The 3Doodler 2.0 has dual speed control (forward and reverse) as well as the ability to extrude continuously (by double tapping the extrude button).
Compared to the original 3Doodler, the 2.0 is half the weight, coming in at 50 grams (1.76 ounces). It is also much smaller in size; 3Doodler the company claims that it is a 75% size reduction. The 2.0 is also stronger and is housed in an aluminum case with a black anodized finish, as opposed to plastic like its predecessor and rivals. The 3Doodler also boasts more efficient and quieter airflow to help cool plastic faster, manual temperature adjustment to allow fine tuning for the best results, instead of simple PLA/ABS or Low/High temperature settings common on most pens.
Pictures of the 3Doodler Pen
Check out some pictures of the 3Doodler pen.
Video: Unboxing and In-Depth Review
Capabilities and Limitations
The 3Doodler is, like all 3D pens, an artistic tool best suited for free handed sculptures and decorations than high-precision modelling. The 3Doodler does not have any capability that sets it apart from any other pen; they are all some form of plastic extruder, like what you would find on a printer, shaped into something that can be safely used in one’s hand.
Users are of course free to be as creative with the pen as they want. The ability to doodle say, an Eiffel tower, comes with a lot of practice and patience, however. It is also a good idea not to extrude the plastic as fast as possible, that will result in jamming very quickly. Also, the claim that one can doodle in midair is a bit over-stated; gravity still applies so any creations still need to be supported from below.
The tip of the 3Doodler can cause problems, frequently being the cause of jams for many users. Some users even reported getting better results by removing the tip all together. The tip has been redesigned from the original and is now smaller and easier to change out, 3Doodler even offers a set of nozzles with different sizes and patterns to give artists more options.
The 3Doodler is a big name in 3D printing pens, and the second generation of this pioneering product certainly delivers—if it doesn’t jam up. The number of users that reported jams are alarming even for a 3D pen, especially for a product that is meant to be an improvement over the previous model. It is most likely however, that those users were too impatient to use the 3Doodler properly, and that their frustration was compounded by reports of the pen being difficult to reassemble after they looked inside to clear a jam.
The 3Doodler 2.0 may not be without its faults, but it remains one of the slimmest and most easy to use pens on the market, actually getting slimmed down to the size of a real writing instrument. Hopefully future iterations will improve the reliability of the pen.
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