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The DoodleStand is the perfect place to store your 3Doodler between creative sessions. More than just a stand, the two front legs of the DoodleStand double as speed control buttons. Simply press down and move the whole DoodleStand to create accurate and clean lines. 3Doodling has never looked so good.

The Nozzle Set is made up of two main items:

  1. The Nozzle holder, which also doubles as the nozzle removal tool.
  2. Six different sizes and shapes of nozzle, including a ribbon tip, square tip, triangle tip, a super fine 0.5mm nozzle, and thicker 1mm and 1.5mm nozzles.

Created specifically for more versatile 3Doodling, the pedal connects to the 3Doodler to give you the freedom to Doodle from various angles and for longer periods of time, without holding down the pen’s extrusion buttons.

The long cable coming from the Pedal connects to the control port on the 3Doodler as follows:

3doodler-pedal

Put your foot down, and Doodle on, and on, and on...

Distribution

We’re in the process of setting up partnerships with various educational distributors throughout the world – drop us a line here and we’ll point you in the right direction!

Please send us a line here and we’ll either handle your query directly or put you in touch with the right distributor in your country.

If you are a distributor who has reached out to us, please do not be offended if we do not reply to you immediately. We are in the process of reviewing all requests, and the more details you can provide about your company and capabilities the better.

General

Yes you can. And you can do so almost immediately as the “ink” cools very soon after leaving the pen. As long as it can adhere to plastic, it can help beautify your doodles. Spray paint can also be used; we recommend testing it on a small doodle first!

No. Absolutely not! You’ll burn yourself!

PLA melts at a lower temperature than ABS, so we have designed the pen to have two temperature settings, depending on the material in use at the time of 3Doodling. Please be sure to use the correct setting with the plastic you are using!

We have some amazingly creative users in Korea and Japan and plenty more of you searching for content in both languages.
To help out here are some key translations that will help you on your way.

In Korean 3D pen is 3d펜 and 3D printing pen is 3d 프린팅 펜.
In Japanese 3D pen is 3Dペン, while 3D printing pen is 3Dプリントペン.

Use

Please don't! We've found that leaving warm plastic in the pen accelerates the degradation of the plastic and can cause issues with the pen over time.

The pen will generally stop extruding plastic or you will notice a marked slowdown in the extrusion speed. Just add a new strand, give it a gentle nudge if needed, and your 3Doodler should start extruding again. You'll still get a few inches of the old strand before the new one feeds in.

Practice makes perfect, even when 3Doodling! It takes time to master the 3Doodler. But don’t let this stop you. Think outside the box and let your imagination take off. You'll be surprised by how quickly your doodling skills evolve.

If you are having trouble you may need to press the pen more firmly into the paper.
Think of the 3Doodler like a pen; in order for the ink to hit the paper, the tip of the pen must touch the paper. We recommend pressing down into the paper until you can see a little blob, making sure the plastic is anchored to the paper. Then you can freely lift off the page or move around.

Yes of course, but before inserting the used strand into the 3Doodler, please cut the tip of the strand so that it has a clean edge. This will help prevent jamming and other issues.

Your 3Doodler is a sturdy and awesome tool, but like any mechanical device it needs a break now and then. We suggest giving it some downtime after two hours of continuous use (just 30mins or so).

The 3Doodler can be used as a plastic welding tool. If you have something made of ABS plastic (the most common form of plastic) you can repair it with the 3Doodler.
For example, two broken parts can be welded back together by “drawing” a plastic weld where the parts are broken. In addition to household repairs, we expect this to be especially handy for makers who are using traditional 3D printers.

So far, we've seen it used to repair vacuum cleaners, eyeglass frames and 3D prints. Let us know what you've been able to fix!

The plastic is warm but touchable when it emerges from the tip of the 3Doodler.

 

The 3Doodler is NOT a toy for children (it’s for ages 14+). It has a metal tip that can get as hot as 240C.

Nope. The 3Doodler only works with 3mm plastic.

Plastics cannot (and should not) be combined. As we have mentioned elsewhere, 3Doodler should only be used with 3Doodlerstrands. Use of other materials not approved by us may result in damage to your pen or injury to you, and will void your warranty.

Maintenance

The 3Doodler does not require much in the way of maintenance. Please see our other FAQs in the event of slow/no extrusion or jams/blockages.

Plastic

ABS does have some shrinkage post extrusion, but it is a fraction of a fraction of a percent, so you won’t even notice it.

No, the 3Doodler can only be used with 3mm plastic strands.

Yes. This is caused by moisture escaping from the plastic strands (that has been caught in the strand since fabrication). It isn't worrisome!

3Doodler plastic is 10 inches in length and straight cut.
We are not able to verify the quality or source of other materials used and the warranty that covers the 3Doodler is limited to 3Doodler-approved ABS and PLA strands.

 

The flexibility and brittleness of your creation is really up to you as the creator. You can make pieces thicker by going back and forth and joining the strands, or you go very slow to make a thick strand that will be less flexible. This allows you to make stronger doodles that are able to act as supporting structures.

In the converse, you’ll create more brittle strands if you move the pen faster. The benefit of this is that thinner strands tend to be very flexible. If thinner, they are not easy to break, but they cannot support other objects.

So, in short, it’s up to you as a user to use technique and skill (which you’ll develop over time) to determine what you want from your 3Doodles.

We haven’t had time to test conductive plastic yet, but another way of doing this would be to use conductive paint with your regular 3Doodles.

As we have mentioned elsewhere, 3Doodler should only be used with filament approved by us. Use of other materials not approved by us may result in damage to your pen or injury to you, and will unfortunately void your warranty.

We have published a detailed comparison of ABS and PLA (both in general use and 3Doodler-specific use) here. For those who are new to plastics and want maximum flexibility with their 3Doodler we suggest starting with ABS and then experimenting with PLA.

Used (extruded) 3Doodler plastic cannot be reinserted into the pen.

ABS plastic can be recycled. It is classified under recycling number 7 and is often turned into plastic lumber and other custom-made products.

The most ardently eco-friendly 3Doodlers may want to opt for PLA, which is biodegradable (and made from corn!), as their plastic of choice.

Yes. This is caused by moisture escaping from the plastic strands (that has been caught in the strand since fabrication). It isn't worrisome!

We cannot recommend other plastics for use in the 3Doodler. The quality of the plastic can vary greatly, and the curve caused by most spools of plastic can cause problems as well. The warranty is limited to 3Doodler-approved strands.

The Pen

Yes! Both the 3Doodler and the 3Doodler 2.0 are ambidextrous pens! And, one of the inventors is a leftie. You can see Max 3Doodling with his left hand in our videos.

All versions of the 3Doodler are wall powered, and a country-appropriate power supply will come with your 3Doodler. The cable is 1.8 meters long, enough to maneuver around with.

For the 3Doodler 2.0, be sure to check out our JetPack for doodling on the go!

The 3Doodler takes 1 to 2 minutes to warm up. When you first turn the 3Doodler on, the indicator light will be red. Once the pen is ready to use the indicator light will turn blue for ABS or green for PLA.

Yes, the fan on the 3Doodler makes some noise. The 3Doodler 2.0 is substantially quieter than the first version though.

Yes, the 3Doodler is covered by a Limited Warranty in certain countries. Please see the terms of the Limited Warranty here.

 

 

Yes! Check out our Nozzle Set, which contains six new nozzles: a ribbon tip, square tip, and triangle tip; as well as a 0.6mm tip for fine Doodling, and 1mm and 1.5mm for thicker Doodles.

Oh boy, if only it did! We love the creativity, although the work involved to do this is not insubstantial, and significant changes would be needed to the workings of the 3Doodler. Will it happen down the line? We’re keeping it in mind, so watch this space and we’ll be sure to let you know if/when it happens.

3Doodler plastic has been tested for heavy metals and has undergone full toxological risk assessment, passing each and every test and assessment. Some users do not notice any smell when Doodling; others do not like the more "plasticy" smell of ABS; and many of our users prefer the smell of PLA, which, being corn based, can smell a little like popcorn. No matter what materials you are using, and whether you are using a 3Doodler or a traditional 3D printer, we always recommend Doodling (or printing) in a well ventilated area.

Troubleshooting

You should use the fast setting when loading a new strand of plastic, and always give it some time. If need be, give the plastic a light but firm push to help the 3Doodler ‘grip’ it.

Sometimes, when you get to the end of one strand, extrusion slows noticeably. Put a new strand into the back of the 3Doodler. If it still extrudes very slowly (or not at all), try giving the new one a little nudge down, helping gravity do its thing.