Getting Started

You finally received your 3Doodler. Watch the videos below and follow the 3 simple steps to start doodling. Click the button to download our user manual in the language of your choice! If you still have questions be sure to check the FAQ page or our Quick Start Guide.

1. PLUG IN YOUR 3DOODLER

...and select your temperature (HI or LO). While we do have designated heat settings for each plastic, feel free to play around with the heat settings, for example using PLA on the HIGH (“HI”) temperature if you want much quicker flow.

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2. INSERT YOUR STRAND

When putting a new strand into the 3Doodler, don’t be afraid to push the strand firmly down the pen to ensure it engages with the gears and gets gripped properly.

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3. READY SET DOODLE

It may take a few seconds for your plastic to extrude.

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The Buttons

The button setup on the 3Doodler Create is very similar to that of the 3Doodler v.2.0, but we have added some great new features including a single click for continuous flow for both Fast and Slow mode. If you have the pen in continuous flow mode you can simply click one of the buttons once to stop the continuous flow. When you click either button again, the continuous flow will resume.

Reversing Plastic

Just like v.2.0, the 3Doodler Create has a reverse mode. Double click any button to reverse the strand. Note that in LOW (“LO”) temp mode the reverse pulses, while in (”HI”) temp mode it is constant. This is intentional, so don’t worry when this happens. The pulse helps the pen successfully reverse lower temp plastics.

If your strand is too short to reverse, while the pen is turned on and heated up, you can carefully remove the nozzle with the mini wrench and insert the cleaning tool in through the pen tip. While the reverse function is engaged, and while pushing the cleaning tool through the chamber of the pen, the short plastic strand will be pushed out of the rear of the pen.

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The Buttons

The button setup on the 3Doodler Create is very similar to that of the 3Doodler v.2.0, but we have added some great new features including a single click for continuous flow for both Fast and Slow mode. If you have the pen in continuous flow mode you can simply click one of the buttons once to stop the continuous flow. When you click either button again, the continuous flow will resume.

Reversing Plastic

Just like v.2.0, the 3Doodler Create has a reverse mode. Double click any button to reverse the strand. Note that in LOW (“LO”) temp mode the reverse pulses, while in (”HI”) temp mode it is constant. This is intentional, so don’t worry when this happens. The pulse helps the pen successfully reverse lower temp plastics.

If your strand is too short to reverse, while the pen is turned on and heated up, you can carefully remove the nozzle with the mini wrench and insert the cleaning tool in through the pen tip. While the reverse function is engaged, and while pushing the cleaning tool through the chamber of the pen, the short plastic strand will be pushed out of the rear of the pen.

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Stick to the paper: Simply push down

Probably the most common question we get is related to this. If you are finding that the plastic won’t hold to paper, or goes off in random directions, don’t worry, the solution is very simple: Push your pen firmly into the paper, allow the plastic to extrude for a couple of seconds, and then lift the pen up off the paper.

The extra downward pressure will help your extruded plastic stick to the paper. We call this "anchoring”.

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Snip those plastic ends

Keep it clean. Snip your ends to avoid any unnecessary jams in your 3Doodler.

Nozzle Removal

When it comes time to change your nozzles, simply use the nozzle removal tool to gently unscrew the nozzle counter-clockwise while the pen is HOT.

Don’t force it, and try to keep the nozzle removal tool centered, so as to avoid putting sideways force on the part of the pen that connects to the nozzle (which could cause damage).

Temperature Adjustments

Want to slow your plastic flow down or speed it up a little? You can use the mini-screwdriver to turn the temperature adjuster up or down a few degrees.

The adjuster is set vertically at the midpoint when you first get your pen. Turn it 90 degrees to the right to crank up the heat, or 90 degrees to the left to turn it down.

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Welding Plastic

Try your hand at welding plastic to plastic. While extruding, simply touch the tip of the 3Doodler to both pieces of the plastic you want to join together. This is an essential skill that will help you Doodle to infinity and beyond.

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Feeding / Jams / Maintenance Cover

First try pushing your plastic. As we mentioned above, don’t be afraid to push your plastic firmly down the length of the pen to ensure it engages with the gears and gets gripped properly. If the strand of plastic inside the pen is not long enough for you to grip or push by hand, you can also use another strand of plastic to push the first strand down and into the gear system.

Still not flowing?

You may have a plastic jam. It is possible for the plastic to get wrapped around the drive gear, particularly during reversal (or if you do not snip your plastic ends) Fret not, while the maintenance cover should only be opened when absolutely necessary, as long as you follow the instructions in the manual (or here), you’ll be fine. All you need is a pair of metallic tweezers or a small flat-head screwdriver. Key things to keep in mind:

  1. Follow the step-by-step user manual at all times.
  2. Never ever force anything into place - you risk breaking your pen if you do.
  3. When removing or inserting the metal bar into the maintenance cover, always apply downward pressure on the maintenance cover.
  4. Ensure there is NO plastic inside the pen when you put the maintenance cover back on.
  5. Make sure to reinsert the metal bar the right way up!

If in doubt please get in touch with us here.