Top 5 Best 3D Printing and Drawing Pens | 2017 Reviews
Forget the time-tested fingerpaints, sidewalk chalk and boxes of 64 Crayola crayons with colors like burnt amber and magenta. Don’t bother with the old-fashioned Spirograph and the whiteboards of the ‘90s and ‘00s, and put aside more modern options like Bamboo drawing tablets and smartphone apps like Do Ink.
What kids go crazy over these days are state-of-the-art 3D printing and drawing pens.
These pens don’t use ink at all. Instead, they are filled with plastic which is melted at high temperatures and then cools as it comes of the pen, so it can be used to draw on surfaces or in mid-air to create three-dimensional artwork. Kids love them because they can let their imagination run wild without being confined to a piece of paper and two-dimensions, while adults find them an invaluable tool for conceptual thinking and advanced 3D modeling. They can even be used for artistic decorations placed onto everyday objects, simple repair work, or together with a 3D printer to attach small parts to larger objects.
The best 3D pens allow you to choose the plastic filament used by the implement, the temperature at which it’s melted, and the speed at which it is extruded from the pen. Generally speaking, a 3D pen is almost as easy to use as a traditional one – but there are definitely some that are more versatile and comfortable to manipulate than others.
Many models are thick and bulky, making them difficult to grasp and draw with. Some jam up easily, while others are somewhat noisy or unable to work with both of the common plastic media types used for 3D drawing (the media require different temperatures to work properly). On the other hand, there are 3D printing and drawing pens that come with bells and whistles like advanced unclogging mechanisms and LCD screens which display the current temperature and speed settings.
The technology may be relatively new, but we’re on top of it. We’ve checked out the major (and some minor) players in the market, and put together a list of the top 5 best 3D printing and drawing pens. But before that, check out first our Best 3D Printing and Drawing Pen Buying Guide.
And here it is.
Quick Comparison Table
7TECH 3D Printing Pen with LCD Screen
Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3
Samto 3D Pen Version 2015
CreoPop Cordless 3D Printing Pen
ccbetter Intelligent 3D Pen (Version III)