A quick and easy method for creating rings or bracelets to size (or any other circular shape) is to roll a piece of paper to the size you want and tape it in place. After securing a sturdy anchor point to part of the rolled paper, you can slowly wrap your hand and the extruding plastic [...]
Make at least two flat circles of the same size, peel them off your surface and hold them on top of each other. Rotate one of them 90 degrees, so that it is centred inside the other circle (forming a cross of sorts). Add some plastic to the cross-sections to connect them, and voila! - you have the start of [...]
A small wire brush is a great tool to quickly clean off any bits of plastic that have stuck to the tip of your 3Doodler. Perfect for taking those glamour shots, or ensuring no unwanted colors accidentally make their way into your new Doodles.
Holding the pen in place while extruding on a surface will create a small ball of plastic that will then begin to "filled up" with new plastic. This technique helps create a really smooth outer surface to the plastic ball, as it fills and stretches evenly. If you do it just right, you can achieve a very [...]
When filling in stencils, slow and steady strokes will help to keep you from leaving lots of gaps in the finished piece. This will also make for sturdier finished pieces.
A small fan blowing gently on your workspace is a great tool to have. An extra bit of cool air will help harden the slowest cooling of plastic (like PLA) in just a couple of seconds! The stronger the fan the faster it will cool - just be careful your Doodle doesn't blow away!
If you want to create some smooth curves, extrude enough plastic so that you can hold it with your fingers without burning yourself. Holding the plastic in one hand extrude more plastic, letting it droop into the shape you want. After holding it for a moment it will harden into a beautiful smooth curve.
If you’ve made a mistake, you don’t have to start over. Just melt it off! The tip of the 3Doodler is very useful for editing. You can smooth pieces over or remove them completely. This method also works like a charm to clean up the wispy little strings that can happen when you pull the pen away [...]
Pushing or pulling the 3Doodler across your work surface makes a big difference. Like painting, you get different results in the Doodled texture. When pulling, the plastic flows out behind the pen, leaving a smooth stroke; when pushing, the tip of the pen carves into the stroke as it passes over the newly extruded plastic, leaving [...]
The nuances that can be achieved by simply changing the way you press your 3Doodler into your work surface are countless, and can help achieve numerous different looks and textures.