3Doodler

Introduction

The 3Doodler is a cross between a 3D printer and a pen, allowing for hand drawn, 3D creations using either ABS, PLA, or Flexy plastics. 

Why use it? 

  • Very engaging 
  • Easy to quickly draw mockups of 3D ideas 
  • Is an artistic medium that doesn’t exist in any other form 
  • Educator support 
Things You'll Need
  • The 3Doodler, the power cord, and some of its plastic - available here: http://the3doodler.com/

  • Recommended: a sheet of paper or something else disposable and/or heat resistant to draw on top of.

Steps
  1. 1

    Plug the 3Doodler in and turn it on. Low for PLA, or high for ABS or Flexy.

  2. 2

    While it’s heating up, insert your stick of plastic into the end until it clicks into place.

  3. 3

    Once the 3Doodler has reached proper temperature the light will change from red to green for low or blue for high. 

    3 doodler

  4. 4

    You’re now ready to draw! Press and hold either the slow or fast button on the pen to extrude, or double click for continuous functionality. It may take a few seconds for the plastic to come out. 

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  5. 5

    When you are finished, be sure to remove the plastic from the pen. This is done by holding both the fast and slow buttons at the same time to run the extruder in reverse until the plastic can be removed by hand. Clip the end of the plastic and you’re done. 

    clip the end of the plastic

Tips
  • ABS and PLA look and feel almost identical, but the ABS plastic rods have a small white dot on the end. Flexy is flexible, and easy to tell apart.

  • If your stick of plastic is too short to pull out, you’ll need to keep extruding it until it’s all gone. This may require inserting another piece of plastic so the extruder can push the last bit out.

  • You might find after a bit of use that your pen needs to be cleaned. The 3Doodler comes with a tool to open up the extruder mechanism for a thorough cleaning. See the support page for more details.

Warnings
  • To properly melt the plastic the tip of the pen has to get very hot. DO NOT let this come into direct contact with skin or anything that may be damaged.

  • Likewise, the plastic that is extruded from the pen is very hot. After a few seconds it should be safe to touch, with PLA cooling down faster than ABS or Flexy.

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