A lot of people who are into arts and designing may not be aware of the new technology we are about to discuss and review today. Not that many people are oblivious to what’s going on in the new technology developments but the technology we are discussing is relatively new and catching up at it’s own pace. So what is this new technology called? “3D Pen”.
The 3D Pen is catching up fast with the people of it’s field. You can expect some pretty cool and eye catching artwork from the contemporary artists who have started using 3D pens and the innovators, well they will be introducing a wide range of very useful 3D printed products which will create a big impact in every field of life.
So before we start with our list of Best 3D Pen 2017, I will briefly shed a light on what really is this technology?
What is a 3D Pen?
As the name suggests what kind of design this equipment has, let us explain it a little bit more. A 3Dpen by the looks of it is a bulkier version of a regular pen or a pencil. Now you will be wondering if it uses a ink? No it doesn’t uses any ink but instead of ink the 3D Pen uses plastic to design and build stuff. Yes that’s right.
Now you will be thinking if the 3D pen is any good? Is it easy to use? What kind of rocket science does this 3D pen possess?
Yes, it is very easy to use and no different than using a normal pen or a pencil. You even have to hold it like a normal pen to use it. The 3D pen currently has started to show a lot of ground breaking work in every field of work and you can expect to see more cool and useful stuff being designed and created using the 3D pen.
How Does 3D Printing Pen Work?
Understanding the workings 3D pen is fairly easy and there is no rocket science involved. The 3D pen uses a filament heating mechanism to create 3D works of art. It’s fairly simple, all you have to do is insert purposely manufactured Plastic Filaments into the 3D Pen. Now after that the heating mechanism of the 3D pen creates a liquid mould out of the Plastic Filaments which you can use to design or write anything. The 3D pen will produce results on almost all of the surfaces.
Now this kind of works will remind you of another tool that is commonly used in our homes. The glue gun. The 3D pen almost gives the image of a glue gun being used. But the difference between the glue gun and the 3D pen is the material they use to design and create new art and of course the glue gun is not an art tool. The other thing is the color of the material they both produce.
Now you will be wondering what use is the 3D pen to me? Let me point out what it can do for you if you are an artist. You use a pencil or a regular pen to draw different designs? They are drawn in 2D and they don’t illustrate a lot of detail. You try your best to capture your imagination into a design but the end illustration is not what truly describes what really was in your mind. Now this is where the 3D pen comes in. the 3D pen will allow you to express your art in 3D. People will see what you design and create in three dimensions. The details that you art will illustrate will be a sight to see. As if your art has come to life.
Even though the 3D pens are relatively new in the market but they are catching up fast and the market already is full of so many choices. That will confused the inexperienced and will make it really difficult for them to choose a 3D pen that suits the best according to your needs.
Best 3D Printing Pens 2017
We have compiled some of the best 3D pens available in the market today. To make it easier for you the compilation short listed to only 10 3D pens so that we could provide you, a detailed insight to what these 3D pens bring to the table, their Pros and Cons for better understanding of the product.
So without further wait, let’s get into our list of Best 3D Pens 2017.
|Pen Name||Weight||Dimensions||LCD Display|
|MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen||272 grams (shipping weight)||N/A||Yes|
|Kuman 100B Newest Version 3D Printing Pen||408 grams (shipping weight)||8.9 x 6.8 x 2.6 inches (package dimension)||Yes|
|Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3|
|67 grams||6 x 2 x 4 inches||Yes|
|7TECH 3D Printing Pen||65 grams||7.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches||Yes|
|CCbetter Intelligent 3D Printing Pen||55 grams||7 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches||Yes|
|Lay3r 3D Printing Pen||0.8 lbs||5 x 1 x 1.2 inches||No|
|GENESIS 3D Printing Pen||48 grams||7.9 x 5 x 3 inches||Yes|
|3Doodler 3D Printing Pen|
|130 grams||7.5 x 1.5 x 4 inches||No|
|Glyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen||68 grams||8.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches||No|
|CreoPop Cordless Pen||0.7 lbs||7 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches||No|
When you want to design or create something you got to have the best tools of the trade and this 3D pen is just that. This precise and reliable 3D pen is packed with impressive features which will surely bring out your imagination in the form of a precise 3D model.
Thedesign of the MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen is very convenient and handy. The Ultra Slim compact design makes for a very smart design. The maneuvering of this 3D pen when in use is very convenient because of the controls being in reach during the use of this 3D pen.
All of the buttons on this 3D pen are on one side with a large OLED display for keeping an eye on the temperature digits. This all is built into a rectangular body which makes it good to look at by design.
The precision crafted stylus that is built into the 3D pen enable you to draw, sketch and doodle the 3D objects with perfection. The speed control on board the MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen allows you to adjust accordingly to the areas you are working on. If you need a large area to be filled in fast you can opt for a fast operational speed and you can dial down to a slower speed in those precision spots.
While using this 3D pen you get the option of using any kind of thermoplastic material for your creations, wood or bronze filaments, the only thing you have to watch out for is that the specifications of the filaments be 1.75mm and the melting points have to be between 130 Degrees Celsius to 240 Degrees Celsius (266 Degrees Fahrenheit to 464 Degrees Fahrenheit). One other thing that is featured in this 3D pen is that it comes with a replaceable modular nozzle, the low quality 3D pens don’t have this feature which leads to clogging of the nozzles if there is a temperature control error by the user.
The creativity level will surely be raised of the user of this 3D pen that’s why it has made the top spot on our list of best 3D printing pens 2017.
|Slim & Compact Design||High Pitched Noise During Use|
|Adjustable Temperature by A Single Degree|
|Battery Power Banks Compatibility|
|Compatible With Different Materials|
|Replaceable Modular Nozzle|
When we are to buy something that we haven’t had the opportunity to see hands on, we would want a guarantee of that product that the manufacturer will respond to any faults that may come up after the purchase and that the product provides a good service for your buck. Look no further, the Kuman 100B is the 3D pen for you then. The Kuman 3D pen comes with a good customer service and apart from the friendly and good customer service this 3D pen has a very simple and easy to use design which comes with a lot of very good features.
The Kuman 100B is has a regular basic design similar to most of the 3D pens available in the market. The round body Kuman 100B has a wide bottom which makes it into a fat design, the rectangular body 3D pens are slim as compared to the Kuman 100B. Even thought this 3D pen’s design makes it a fat pen but it still performs all the functions easily and you can hold it in your hand without and difficulty.
To make the usage of this 3D pen convenient, there is a LCD display built in to it which enables the user to keep him/herself updated with the temperature, speed and filament figures with ease. The convenient use of the Kuman 100B will surely make it popular among the beginners. The plastic filaments heat up fairly quick allowing the user to create anything in literally minutes due to the quick cooling of the filaments.
The Kuman 100B will not only impress you with it’s great customer support and warranty, the 100B also packs some pretty useful features to help you on your creative path and you will not be lacking a great tool to go with that.
The smart design of the Kuman 100B is equipped with a thermal filament jam detection along with that it has a standby mode feature which automatically puts the device to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity. The Kuman 100B is a silent operator, almost silent. This 3D pen makes almost no noise so you won’t get irritated with a constant operation sound, working in peace is what get your creative juices flowing. Apart from the compatibility with different materials (PLA or ABS) this 3D pen has adjustable temperature feature too.
Apart from these features the 100B come with free guide books to get you started with 3D creativity. The customer support from Kuman is always welcoming and will replace or repair your product whichever suits your condition.
All in all the Kuman 100B 3D pen is a great tool to have if you are a beginner. It’s easy access features and simplicity along with a helpful customer service with a warranty makes it the perfect choice.
|LCD to Indicate Temperature, Speed, and Filament Control||Slow Extrusions|
|Comes With Unclogging Mechanism Technology||Filaments Get Jammed|
|Ability to Extrude or Reverse Filament||Reported Cases When the Item Suddenly Stops Working After 10 Minutes|
|Available In a Competitive Price|
|One of The Best Customer Support|
3. Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3– Top Selling 3D Pen
The next up on our list is a 3D pen which has been here for a very long time as the name the suggests this is the V3 of the Scribbler 3D Printing pen. The Scribbler 3D Pen’s upgraded version is gaining among it’s users. Mainly because of it’s hereditary strong build quality and the ergonomics which allows the usage of this 3D pen very easy and convenient. Enough of the introductions of the Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3 let’s get into the details of this top selling 3D pen.
By design the Scribbler 3D Pen V3 offers a wide range of colors to it’s users and the filaments of different colors can be used with this 3D pen. Total of 8 colors are available by the 3D pen manufacturer, blue, green, purple, red are among them.
The tests which were run on this product found the product to be super light and very easy to operate. Users have issues changing the filaments but this 3D pen is very easy on that too. The hassle free usage of the Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3 makes it the top user friendly 3D printing pen.
The operational tests we ran on the Scribbler 3D printing pen v3 found no negative points out of this product. All the tests proved this 3D pen’s amazing abilities rather than pointing out flaws in the product. People who are used to the way of drawing with a regular pencil or a pen may have to go through a learning curve to get used to this technology. That learning curve will have to be tackled with every 3D pen not just this one, instead this 3D pen will prove to be more convenient and user friendly than the others. All in all the Scribbler 3D Pen V3 has lived up to the reputation of it’s predecessors and proven to be a worthy successor.
|Light Weight Build (2.6 oz)||Bulky and Uneasy Design for Traditional Artists|
|Very Responsive and Convenient Use|
|OLED Screen for Up-to-date System Indications|
|Can Be Used on Almost All of the Surface Types.|
The next 3D pen on our list is the 3D printing pen by 7TECH. Now this manufacturer designed this 3D pen with one thing in mind, user friendliness. The creators of this 3D also ensured that there will be no noise coming from this 3D pen during operation. Apart from these features and a goal of the most user friendly 3D pen in the market this product has a lot in it’s bag. Let’s find out what is it that this 3D pen is offering to it’s users.
As compared to the other 3D pens we have reviewed the 7TECH 3D Printing Pen offers additional advanced features. The thermal control on this 3D pen is one of the best and most customizable among the 3D pens we have reviewed so far. The 3D pen also has the filament jamming sensor which notifies you of any filament getting stuck in the modular nozzle. The newest feature of any 3D pens we liked was on this 3D printing pen by 7TECH which is the extrusion control feature, now as you know other 3D pens have a fixed filament extrusion speed which is either too slow or too fast, this 3D pen allows you to set the extrusion speed according to your needs.
During the review the only 2 things that were bothering us and are worth mentioning is the quantity of the filaments that come with the 3D printing pen and the heat up issue of the 3D pen. During the full operation the 3D pen tends to heat up to the point that direct contact with the concerned area would burn your skin which is an issue to be looked out for. And secondly the filaments that come with the 3D pen are not enough to last you for a long time, but keep that in mind that the filaments that come with the 3D pens are mostly complimentary. Other than these 2 issues we happened to like the 3D Printing Pen by 7TECH a lot.
|Equally Convenient to Use for Beginners and the Experts||Operating Temperatures Can Get Very High|
|Light Weight and Slim Designs Which is Always Good||Not Suitable for The Beginners|
|Advanced Unclogging System On Board the 7TECH 3D Printing Pen||Supplied Filaments Not Enough|
|Aluminium Spatula to Protect from Heated Nozzle|
|One Year Warranty Included|
The next one on our list of Best 3D Printing Pens 2017 is the Intelligent 3D printing pen by CCbetter also sold under Joyluxy branding. The Intelligent 3D pen is among the better 3D Printing Pens that we have reviewed so far. During the review we found this 3D pen nothing too over the top but a basic 3D pen with all the necessary things you can need in terms of features, all built into it. With a brief introduction to the Intelligent 3D Printing Pen let’s get into the details of what this 3D pen has in store for us.
When the Intelligent 3D Pen is presented in front of you, you will be looking at a sleek looking box much like a box of a cell phone, inside it you will find a power brick with standard 2 filaments. More filaments of your choice can be bought later on through the market online. The 3D pen had a holding stand that came along with it, which is a very useful tool to have for your 3D pen. When you’re using the 3D pen and you have to place the 3D pen down just for a moment or so that stand will prove useful in that moment. This 3D pen in our reviews proved to be equally easy to use for the newcomers and the experienced users. Apart from all that the performance of the Intelligent 3D printing pen was on point and consistent every time. No surface proved to be difficult to be creative with this 3D pen and the OLED which told us that the filament was all heated up and ready to use was a nice little touch.
Now onto the points which can be annoying or can break the whole game for a user. Well we couldn’t find any flaw in this product, but since we are reviewing the product we have to find even the slightest of flaw to provide an unbiased data to our readers. The user guide that came along with the Intelligent 3D Pen was not very detailed and for a beginner to use that product you would want a little bit more information than the guide was providing. Other than that the tests proved that this 3D pen is a great value for your money.
The Intelligent 3D Printing Pen by Ccbetter/Joyluxy is definitely among our recommendations and among our favourites. You don’t find a product without any flaw everyday.
|User Friendly and Stylish Design||None that We Could Find|
|Unlike Other 3D Pens The Design is Vibrant and Good Looking|
|The Pen Holder is a Welcome Addition to the Whole Package for the User|
|The User Friendly Design Makes it Easy to Fix|
6. Lay3r 3D Printing Pen– Best 3D Pen for Kids
The next 3D pen on our list is the Lay3r 3D Printing Pen. Now looking at the name of this 3D pen a lot of you might start to judge the credibility of this product, now hold on there. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Even when we came across this 3D pen even we were sceptical of this product’s operating capacity as well but the performance of this 3D pen came out as a bit of a surprise. The results turned out to be amazing. How well did this 3D pen performed? Let’s have a look at it in detail.
The Lay3r 3D Printing Pen by design comparison look quiet large in size to the other 3D pens we reviewed. But no matter how big this 3D pen is the handling of this 3D pen is quiet comfortable and practical and it also doesn’t feel heavy at all in your hands.
The biggest plus point of the Lay3r 3D Printing Pen turned out to be that how easy it was to operate. With proper guidance and a little bit of practical demonstration a 12 year old was able to operate this 3D pen equally good as a experienced user. This kind of convenience is not offered in every product that a 12 year old can use such a artistic product without any mistake.
The Lay3r 3D Printing Pen come equipped with a Fan inside as standard. The fan can be used to cool down the 3D pen when it heats up or when the room temperature is high that would lead to heating up of the 3D pen. The 3D pen is also equipped with a auto shutdown feature which shuts the 3D pen down when it’s not being used for a certain amount of time.
The downside of this 3D pen that we saw which can bother users is the size of this product, considering that it has a built in fan to cool it down the size will have to be looked over if you want this feature.
|Easy to Use||Although the Inclusion of a Fan is a nice touch, it Actually Increases the Size of the Pen by a Margin.|
|Variety of Interesting Features|
|Reliable Build Quality|
|Built In Fan Prevents Heat Ups|
|One Year Warranty|
The next product on our list of best 3D printing pens 2017 is the Genesis 3D pen by the company that has produced the widely known Genesis 3D printers, Lasso Labs. The jump to the market of 3D printing pens by Lasso Labs has proven to be quiet successful with their Genesis 3D Printing Pen. But in the end it’s in the hands of the users the true success is defined. Whether the end user will like the Genesis 3D Printing Pen or not, that’s why we are here to determine if the features are there to make the user turn their heads towards this 3D pen.
The sophisticated and elegant design of the Genesis 3D Printing Pen caught our eye right at the start. The size of this 3D pen is not the smallest out of the 3D pens available in the market but it is not in the bigger sized 3D pens class either. It is just perfect as it is. There are quiet a few color combination available with this 3D pen. The 3D pen’s performance was super, performed with the smoothness and elegance it’s design depicts. The filament did not get stuck and the body of the 3D pen did not overheat which is quiet a common issue among many 3D pens. The 3D pen came with five filaments which can be later bought in the market according to your needs. The minimal learning curve and the consistent good results on the tests made us like this 3D pen very much.
Negative points out of this product? Well there were none. The Genesis 3D Printing Pen will surely make name for it in the 3D pen arena as the Genesis 3D Printers have in the 3D printers arena.
|User Friendly for Both the Beginners and the Experts||Suitable for Small Scale Projects|
|Different Plastics can be Used||Long Use Causes Heat Ups|
|Good Build Quality|
|Light Weight and Portability makes for a Hassle Free Work|
8. 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen– Comes with 50 Stands of Plastic Filaments
3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is known as the first 3D pen to be produced in the world. The next on our list 3D pen comes with the most number of plastic filaments you can get with a first purchase of a 3D pen. How Many? 50 stands of plastic filament. Now you can load up on the creativity. The design of the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is pure sci-fi. The looks are and the technology which was introduced by this product was truly from the future so the design of this 3D pen suits what it did for the world. Now with all the praise let’s get to the question which is the important thing here. Is this 3D pen worth paying $110 for? Let’s find out.
The 3Doodler 3D printing pen is definitely one of the best designed and aesthetically pleasing 3D pens available in the market today. The best thing you get out of this 3D pen is the 50 plastic filaments you get with it, c’mon 50? And we reviewed 3D pens which only came with 2 plastic filaments. The filaments on the 3Doodler 3D pen are very easy to replace and the performance of this 3D pen did not disappoint us at all. It worked perfectly on all the surface materials perfectly. The 3D pen is very convenient to use especially if you are using some kind of tools other than 3D pen to create artistic pieces. The newcomers will have to go through a learning curve that’s what we think.
Apart from personal preferences the 3Doodler 3D printing pen did not have any kind of cons that we can point out for you. Now the products which are part of the mass production will never be 100% according to your needs they can be 99% but not 100% they are not tailor made. This 3D pen is right up there at 99%.
|Sleek Design||Learning Curve for the Beginners|
|Great Build Quality One of the Finest||Not the Lightest in Weight|
|50 Filaments Included|
The next 3D pen on our list of best 3D printing pens 2017 is the Gkyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen. The reviewers and the users have equally praised it for it’s performance. It’s not a good looking 3D pen. But the performance tests did not disappoint considering it’s capacity. Let’s take a deeper look at the details of our review tests.
Retailing at $50 this 3D pen is probably the least expensive of the 3D pens available in the market today. The performance of the 3D pen did not disappoint as it performed adequately well on almost all surface materials. The Glyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen is designed with only one kind of audiences in mind, the kids. If you are a professional and looking for a tool for 3D printing go for something that is made for professionals, it will cost you a little bit more but the results will be at par with your skill level. The features on this 3D pen for kids are more than enough for them and with proper supervision and guidance things will go well for the little creative geniuses.
For the price you’re going to pay for this 3D pen there is nothing wrong with this product. The main goal of this 3D pen is to cater to the creative minds of the kids and it will do that more than well. There are better 3D pens available in the market than this one, but most of them can’t be handled by kids and are for professional use, also the prices of those 3D pens are above $90. All in all the Glyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen is a good thing to have for kids who show interest in the creative side of things, it’ll help them groom better.
|Easy to Use||None Considering The Price|
|Appealing Design for Kids|
|Strong Build Quality|
10. CreoPop 3D Printing Pen– Cordless 3D Pen
The last entry on our list of best 3D printing pens 2017 is no ordinary 3D pen and that is why we have saved it for the last surprise. The CreoPop 3D Printing Pen is a revolution on it’s own in the 3D pens market. What’s so unique about this 3D pen? First of all it is cordless, it doesn’t require the good ol’ wire to power it up, which means it will provide it’s users with insane portability. The second revolutionary advancement this 3D pen has is that there is no heating part involved in the production of mould to create new things. The plastic filament is not heated or melted in any way. How does it work then? What good does come out of these two revolutionary advancements? Well we are here to find out just that. Let’s get started.
When we looked into the workings of this 3D pen the cordless feature was clear to us. We found about the workings of no melted plastic filament being involved in the 3D printing using this 3D pen. The regular 3D pens use the thermoplastics which need to be melted and converted into mould to create 3D objects. While in the CreoPop 3D Printing Pen a material called photopolymer is used, which is a type of ink which starts to liquefy when exposed to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
Now there is no heated material used in this 3D printing pen which makes it excellent and make a safe use for the kids too since you won’t have to worry about accidental burns with the heated element which is not built into this 3D pen’s design. Despite the completely different material used in this 3D pen, the performance of the CreoPop 3D Printing Pen in all the tests we performed was excellent.
Coming towards the Cons of CreoPop 3D Printing Pen, well there aren’t any. This 3D pen is ahead of it’s time and provides a glimpse into the direction which the 3D pens are going towards. You will see this type of 3D pens more by the manufacturers in the near future. While this 3D pen has a different moulding material so the ink is produced by a single company as of yet which will make it a little bit unaccessible if you need it right there and then. CreoPop 3D Printing Pen Ink Pack of 3. All in all CreoPop 3D Printing Pen is a must have for a real creative artist.
|Revolutionary and Innovative Design||Limited Availability of Ink, Produced Only by the 3D Pen Manufacturer|
|Can Use Scented and Glitter Ink to Create Mesmerizing Art||Bulky Design|
|Long Lasting Fresh Look to the Art as Compared to the Art Created Using Other 3D Pens|
3D Pen Buyer’s Guide
Before you go on buying a 3D pen you must make yourself familiarize with the features and applications of a 3D pen. The modes and the operational values and capacity vary with each brand. Even between filaments there are a lot of variations between the quality and values of operation. There newest 3D may not share the same technology or design as their predecessors.
At the start of it’s concept creating objects out of thin air in the form of 3D printing was a great prospect and was funded by kick starter for it’s first project. There isn’t much to learn about 3D printing it is as easy as drawing using a pencil, it’s the creative mind that has to work to produce great art. But choosing the right tools for creating great art is why we are here in this publication and that is where we will provide our assistance to you. What to look for in a 3D pen? Features and Technology.
3D Plastic Pen vs. Cool Ink
3Doodler and Scribbler were the major market share holder of 3D pens. They made drawing in the air concept possible using the plastic filaments as fuel. Later advancements led to the 3D pens using Cool Ink to take over, the riddance of the heating up parts made the 3D printing cleaner and safer for all age groups and this technology started competing for a market share in September 2015.
3D Creation Maker was one of the early 3D pens to use cool ink technology, but it did not gave the users the ability to draw in the air as the plastic filament operated 3D pens did. Then later on CreoPop 3D pens made it possible using the UV. This pretty much sums up the evolution of 3D as of today.
The first and the primary function of a 3D pen is to draw in the air and create objects in three dimensions. Now the functions built within a 3D pen facilitate the user for a better result in their object creation tasks. So let’s have a look at the features that are built in today’s 3D Pens.
- Types Of Control gives the user the freedom to create the desired objects with precision. Adjustment of the extrusion speeds gives the user the ability to draw anything according to what the mind has imagined. The temperature adjustments enables the user to fine tune his/her’s creation. The level of detail is affected a lot If only the controls on your 3D pen are customizable.
- Design of the 3D pen also plays a very important role in producing fine works of art. Slim designs like the ones listed above are preferred by experienced user because the grip of the 3D pens gives them more control over the movement of 3D pens during drawing and other creative processes.
- Filaments are the fuel for creativity in the 3D pen world. The rule of thumb in choosing a filament is that it should be easily replaceable. There are currently four types of filaments in the market – Standard, Flexible, Composite, and Specialty. There are also filaments that have special effects in them e.g. glitter. Here you can find the best selling filaments Click Here.
- Check Reviews review publications are meant to help people that are starting out. There are a lot of personal user reviews who have used the products and they give their personal view on it. It’s better to read them too and not solely depend on word of mouth.
Conclusion – Final Word
Buying a 3D printer for domestic use is just not smart choice. It will drain your pockets and the domestic household use is not of heavy duty in nature. So for school or home projects you can do that job of 3D printer with a 3D printing pen equally good.
This publication was written because the market is still relatively new and the choices confuse the new comers. So we offered our assistance to those people who are looking for a good insight on 3D Printing Pens.