The 3Doodler Create+ isn’t the first time we’ve come across these types of products. Our writer Nick tried one of the original items out quite a while ago now. The Create+ is their fourth iteration of the 3D Printing Pen, and it does a lot of things right, but we’re still a little worried about the longevity of the product.
The packaging itself looks very pristine, which shows the company behind the 3Doodler Create+ care about their product. Inside you get the pen itself, 75 refills of 15 colours which equates to over 600ft of doodling according to the box. That’s a lot of creating straight off the bat. There are other packages you can buy which include more refills if that’s what you desire. Costs start at $79 and increase to $150.
The actual pen itself is rather light, making it very easy to manoeuvre around when using the ink. There are three types of plastic that can be fed through the pen. The two most common are PLA and ABS which were included in the set that was sent to me. In total, two matte colour packs and a more muted set.
To run, all you need to do is plug the power chord into the wall to get the pen up and running. There are two settings on the pen itself depending on the type of plastic you’re using. PLA and ABS/FLEX. The difference is the temperature the pen runs at giving a chance to melt the plastic before running it out the nozzle. There’s a slow and fast speed setting right where your thumb would sit if held like a traditional pen. Stick to slow at first. Trust me. If you want to get the plastic out if you’re finished with a particular colour, a double click of the button will stick it in reverse and push the plastic out the top.
One thing you do get is a bunch of tools that you will need to maintain the quality of the 3Doodler. Tools to get into the maintenance hatch to control temperature, and to remove the nozzles. I did get a spare nozzle in the box, and you can get more from the 3Doodler online store. Be warned though. The nozzle must be hot before removing, so any clogged plastic once cooled could snap inside the pen.
To feed the plastic there are two holes at the top of the pen. It’s very simple to feed the plastic through, even for non-artists like myself. It took a bit of time for the pen to heat up, but once it does a small stream of coloured soft plastic will begin to appear. It’s all very seamless. Take note, this pen can get hot towards the nozzle, so don’t get too close to it otherwise you risk burning your fingers.
Doodling can be fun but very stressful at first. Again, I’m no artist, but quickly found that building vertical structures needs some planning. You need to build a base first, like a building, requires some solid foundations. Don’t think you’re going to be great right off the bat. You won’t be. But with some practice, a couple of reads of the books that come with the 3Doodler, you’ll be away in no time. There’s enough included ink for initial mistakes which is nice.
The 3Doodler is a fun product, but I’m worried about the longevity of the item unless you’re really invested in 3D art. It’s a great start to get into the 3D printing world, and will certainly scratch an itch before diving into the expensive world of proper 3D printing. But, if you’re a creationist looking for a new outlet, then there’s no better, more innovative tool out there right now. For more information, head over to the 3Doodler website.