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3Doodler Start

Please note that the 3Doodler Start may become clogged if you reinsert a used strand with a chewed up end, or try to put used extruded plastic back into the pen. If you reverse a strand and then have it feed forward again, blockages may also occur.
If your 3Doodler Start becomes clogged, please try the following steps:
Step 1)  Please begin by charging your 3Doodler Start, to ensure the motor is able to run at full power.  This will take 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the amount of power left in your pen. Please do not use the 3Doodler Start while charging.
Step 2) Now that your pen is fully charged, try reversing the plastic by double clicking on the main button.
Step 3) If that does not work, please try running the pen forward, while using a second strand of 3Doodler Start plastic to firmly push the plastic inside forwards. If there is a small jam, this should force the plastic through the pen and clear it out.
Step 4) If step 3 above is not working, you can also try repeating the same step, but with a straightened paperclip, or other similar object - pushing it down the pen to dislodge any jams.
Step 5) If steps 3 and 4 do not resolve the issue, please try inserting a straightened paperclip, or other similar thin metal object into the pen from the nozzle end, pushing it through the nozzle to dislodge any jams. Be sure to keep the paperclip straight so as not to damage or widen the nozzle. While working to dislodge the jam, double click the main button to put the pen into reverse - this will assist with loosening any plastic that has become stuck.
Step 6) If the above doesn't work, please try reversing the pen while gently knocking the pen (with the back of the pen facing down) on a surface to dislodge the revered plastic.
Step 7) After clearing the jam, cut off the tip of a new piece of plastic at a 45 degree angle. Insert that plastic into the pen and run it through the pen as normal.
If none of these steps help, please contact us at help@the3doodler.com.

The 3Doodler Start DoodlePad only works with Eco Plastic. Alternatively Eco Plastic will fuse to the the 3Doodler Create DoodlePad and make it unusable. Please make sure that you are using the correct DoodlePad for your 3Doodler.

Completely. The 3Doodler Start Pen and Eco-Plastics are specially designed to be completely safe for kids aged 8 years and above. There are no hot parts on the pen and our Eco-Plastic is made from food-safe materials, is non-toxic, BPA-free, and completely biodegradable in your household compost.

Your new 3Doodler Start order will be shipped by 31st May 2016.

You will need to pay for your new 3Doodler Start order at the time you place the order.

The plastic is warm, but completely safe to touch when it emerges from the tip of your 3Doodler Start. You can safely use your hands to shape your Doodles to perfection.

One plastic strand stretches to a maximum of ten times its original length once extruded by the pen; that means for every 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic Strand (6 inches / 15 cm), you get 40-60 inches / 100-150cm of Doodling, allowing for hours of play in each pack! The exact length will depend on how fast you draw and how thick or thin the line of extruded plastic is.

You can refer to our our Gallery (here) to see details of how many Eco-Plastic strands were used to complete various Doodles and Projects.

Once fully charged, your 3Doodler Start will run wirelessly for 45 -60 minutes.

Like any focussed activity it’s good to give yourself (and the pen) a break now and then. We suggest taking a break after two hours of continuous Doodling.

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

Our Eco-Plastic is made entirely from food-safe materials, is non-toxic, BPA-free, and completely biodegradable in your household compost. Try it!

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic will break down in around 45 days when in contact with soil, so perhaps the one thing we can’t recommend you make with your 3Doodler Start is a real flower pot!

You need to start by “anchoring” your Doodle to a surface, we find any sheet of paper works well for this. When Doodling, we recommend pressing down into the paper until you can see a little blob of plastic come out, making sure the plastic is sticking firmly to the paper. Then you can freely lift off the page or move around. Once you have reached the height you want, stop the pen, and hold the plastic in place for a few seconds to allow it to harden. Start slow and don’t Doodle too high, and then gradually work your way to the stars!

If you are having trouble you may need to press the pen more firmly into the paper.

No, the 3Doodler Start is not compatible with any of the 3Doodler 1.0 or 2.0 products or accessories, including Plastic Strands, DoodlePad, Nozzle Set, JetPack, Doodlestand, or pedal.

The only exception is the Project Book, which we encourage using for 3Doodler Start projects too.

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

You can pay for your 3Doodler Start order by Credit Card, or by PayPal.

We accept the following credit cards: Diners, JCB, Discover, VISA, MasterCard and American Express.

Please contact us here. We will do our best to help you

It takes time to master the 3Doodler Start. But don’t let this stop you, you'll be surprised by how quickly your Doodling skills improve.

When starting out, you may find it easier to choose from the great projects in our 3Doodler Project Book that comes with your 3Doodler Start.  Just follow the simple visual instructions, tracing over the stencils and then connect the pieces to get a great result. You can also find more stencils and projects for free at the3Doodler.com/community.

If you’ve purchased the Super Mega Pack, you will also have 8 different themed DoodleBlocks™ - these are 3D stencils with grooves that you can draw into to get a great result

Simply draw into the grooves of the DoodleBlock™ to form a shape, wait 10-15 seconds for the plastic to harden and then bend the DoodleBlock™ to release your Doodled shape. You can then fill in the shape if you want, making it more solid. Once you’ve traced all the pieces, you can then use your 3Doodler Start to join them together to form your finished 3D creation.

The DoodleBlocks™ are great for creating an attractive & consistent shape, which you can customise by using different colors or decorative additions to get a unique piece every time.

Red means the pen is warming up, or has been idle for while.

Green means the pen is ready to be used, and this will turn to a slow flashing green when Doodling or a fast flashing green when reversing a strand.

Flashing yellow means it’s time to charge the pen, and also is used to indicate the pen is charging. The LED will change to solid yellow once the pen is fully charged.

Simply double click the Orange Button (Stop / Start Button) to reverse a plastic strand when you want to switch color or when you’re ready to stop using the pen.

Yes, you can. The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic adheres well to almost all surfaces, including fabrics, glass, wood or metal. It will not adhere permanently and can still be removed by hand.

3Doodler Start is a fun tool for temporarily decorating your clothing and bags. It’s best to Doodle on rougher fabrics such as denim. The Eco-Plastic will stick well and survive some wear & tear and probably a few washes too. We don’t recommended Doodling on fragile or loose knit fabrics as it may damage the fabric when you try to remove your Doodles, so please check with an adult first before decorating any clothing.

Due to the low operating temperature of the 3Doodler Start, Doodling directly onto surfaces, such as laminated coffee tables, flooring, and countertops, is completely safe and will not harm, damage or mar the surface.

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic will stick more firmly to some clear plastic materials, such as polycarbonate & PET, but is ultimately still removable with some effort and may leave marks behind.

Doodling on different surfaces also enables you to create different textures on your Doodles, for example, Doodling on glass gives a very smooth shiny surface, while Doodling on a rougher surface will create a unique, textured look to your Doodles. So experiment & have fun!

Yes, absolutely, we encourage it. Doodling with your 3Doodler Start directly onto your other plastic toys, such as LEGO or PlayMobil, will not damage the other toys. Your Doodle will adhere nicely to the toys, but is still removable by hand without damaging your toy.

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic will stick more firmly to some clear plastic materials, such as polycarbonate & PET, but is ultimately still removable with some effort and may leave marks behind.

The 3Doodler Start is designed to be kid-safe with no hot parts; that said, we don’t recommend drawing directly on your skin as the end of the pen is warm and may be  uncomfortable for some.

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic is completely safe for skin contact, making it the perfect tool to make wearable creations such as jewellery, masks, glasses, and could even be used for earrings!

Also please take care not to get the warm plastic in your hair as it will be very hard to remove.

Yes you can. And you can do so almost immediately as the plastic cools and hardens very soon after leaving the pen. As long as the paint you are using  can adhere to plastic, it can help enhance your Doodles. Whichever paint you use, we recommend testing it on a small Doodle first! Also, please check with an adult first before using any paint product.

It’s better if you 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 small amount of the old strand before the new one feeds in.

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.

Not yet, but very soon! For Pre-Order, we have selected 8 great popular colors that will bring any project to life. Once the 3Doodler Start is available in stores, there will be a wider range of 16+ colors you can choose from. And don’t worry, we are committed to introducing new & innovative colors on a regular basis, so sign up to our newsletter [link], check online, or in your local store to see what’s new.

No. The 3Doodler Start Eco-plastic was specially developed for the 3Doodler Start pen, so that you can Doodle at lower temperatures. It’s not possible to use other 3Doodler plastics (such as ABS, PLA or FLEXY) in your 3Doodler Start.

No. The 3Doodler Start Eco-plastic was specially developed for the 3Doodler Start pen, so that you can Doodle at lower temperatures. It’s not possible to use other brands or types of plastic in your 3Doodler Start.

The flexibility and strength of your creation is really up to you.

To make stronger Doodles that are able to act as supporting structures, or withstand active play, make pieces thicker by going back and forth over the same area, or Doodle very slowly to make a thick strand that will be less flexible.

Conversely, you’ll create more flexible strands if you move the pen faster, or use less layers. This is a benefit when you want to make flexible pieces. While still not easy to break, they won’t be able to support the weight of other objects.

So, it’s up to you as a user to use different techniques and skills (which you’ll develop over time) based on what you want from your Doodles.

Yes! All the 3Doodler pens are ambidextrous pens! And, one of the inventors is a leftie.

The 3Doodler Start is sold with a micro USB charging cable, so you can plug it into any powered device with a USB port to recharge. It takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours for a full recharge.

Once you see the LED light on your 3Doodler Start pen turn to flashing yellow, you should plug it in to charge right away.

In some cases, if your power source is < 1 amp you may find you are not able to Doodle while the pen is charging. If you want to keep Doodling, then try another power source with higher amperage.

The 3Doodler Start takes approximately 1 minute to warm up. When you first turn the 3Doodler Start on, the indicator light will be red. Once the pen is ready to use the indicator light will turn green. If the light has been red for some time, the 3Doodler Start pen may have gone into idle mode. Clicking the button will begin the warm up again.

No. The 3Doodler Start is incredibly quiet. You’ll hear the small motor start & stop when you click, and when it’s extruding you’ll barely hear anything.

No. Our Eco-Plastic is made entirely from food-safe materials, is non-toxic, BPA-free, and completely biodegradable in your household compost.

The chemical properties will not change when re-exposed to heat, so the plastic will remain completely safe and non-toxic.

If you dip your finished Doodle in hot water or place it next to a heat source (with adult supervision), the plastic will soften and your Doodle may lose its original shape, but you can then use this method to change the shape your Doodle, if you wish.

It means there has been failure inside the pen. If this happens, please contact 3Doodler here.