What’s a 3D pen?
Well, a 3D pen looks like a bulkier version of an ordinary pen or a pencil but instead of using lead or ink, the 3D pen operates using plastic.
There are probably a lot of questions in your head about how difficult it is to use or is it even a good thing? Well, using the 3D pen is no different than using a regular pen or a pencil. You hold it the same way and there are many different ways you can use it.
How does a 3d Printing Pen Work?
Before we begin exploring more about 3D pens, these instruments are not associated with 3D printers.
3D Pen Filament Refills
A 3D pen mainly uses plastic instead of ink. You insert the plastic filament and once it’s inside the pen, it gets hot from the heating technology inside. The heat is intense enough to melt the plastic, and turn it into a liquid. After that’s done, you can start using the pen to write on anything you want. The good thing about 3D pens is they work on almost all surfaces.
If you are in awe, we have seen similar technology before. For instance, the glue gun works on almost the same principle as the 3D pen. 3D pens come in several different colors that will truly bring out the artist inside of you.
If you are wondering what you can do with a 3D pen, the possibilities are limitless. Typically, drawings you create using a pen and pencil are two-dimensional. However, the 3D pen can add another dimension and make your drawings or artwork more realistic. Even though 3D pens are relatively new on the market, the market has a lot of them. There are hundreds of choices, and if you are inexperienced in this field, you may have a hard time finding the best 3D pen to buy.
Best 3D Printing Pens 2018
We have made a handy list which contains the 10 best 3D pens on the market. Each 3D pen mentioned has a brief review and features to help you get a better understanding of what you are buying.
3D Pen Name Weight (lb) Dimensions (inch) LCD Display
Leo Evo 3D Doodler Pen (Editor’s Choice) 0.17 6.3 x 1.2 x 1.4 Yes
LIX PEN UV 0.08 6.3 x 0.6 x 0.6 Yes
7TECH 3D Printing Pen 0.14 7.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 Yes
MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen 0.08 7 x 0.75 x 0.62 Yes
DigiHero 3D Pen 0.15 7.1 x 1.5 x 1.4 Yes
AIO Robotic 3D Pen 0.16 7.7 x 1.4 x 2.1 Yes
3Doodler Pen 0.28 7.5 x 1.5 x 4 No
Glyby Intelligent 3D Printing Pen 0.15 8.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 No
TRLife 3D Doodler Pen 0.1 6.5 x 0.6 x 0.7 No
BeTIM 3D Doodler
0.13 7.1 x 0.9 x 1.6 No
1. Leo Evo 3D Doodler Pen – Best Value of Money
Leo Evo 3D PenThe Leo Evo 3D Doodler Pen claims that it is made for both professionals, and kids. Which basically means that while it does provide you with a lot of advanced features that would be appreciated by professionals and adults like speed and temperature adjustment it also has a variety of features that cater to kids like doodle templates and a variety of colourful filaments that come with it.
I was not sure how it is possible to cater to two completely different audiences at the same time so I was really excited to test this product.
Looking at the packaging, the pen does not really look like something you would get for an adult, but let’s not judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a pen by its box. Taking the contents out of the box, you’ve got the pen, some filaments, and some templates that will make your user experience much easier, or at least the user experience of your child.
As far as the user experience of an adult, or a professional is considered, it is a bit different as compared to the experience for children. The use of variable speed and temperature is not as useful for the kids. Considering how the pen covers all the basics, there is nothing that you could ask more in the given price tag, because that could reflect on the quality being poor, or the pen being incomplete. You even get a screen that displays all the information so you should know that there is plenty of things that you are getting in the price tag.
To be honest, if I was reviewing a 3D pen that was much more expensive, the overall review would have been much more nitpicky; however, the pen and the features it offers you are aligning well with the price tag so it’s a great value overall.
The Leo Evo 3D Doodler pen is good for a budget conscious user, great for children, and a good value for money, because of the doodling kits that come with it. Other than that, everything else is as basic as it gets.
Gives you all the basics in an attractive, and competitive price tag.
Has enough features to keep experts, and children using the pen.
The LCD screen is always a welcomed addition.
It is hard to differentiate it from another 3D pen or vice-versa.
2. LIX PEN UV – Best 3D Pen For Professional Use
Lix Pen UV
This tiny and smart 3D printing pen from LIX is a great choice for any artist looking to tap into their profession in a ground-breaking way. Unlike similar 3D pens in the same price range, LIX PEN UV has great potential. Designers, architects, or anyone interested in 3D printing can achieve great fete with this pen.
What I love about LIX brand is that they came out with a very forward-looking design in an attempt to disrupt the 3D printing pen market.
I bought my LIX PEN UV at a retail price of only $99 USD and it comes with several fabulous upgraded features from the previous model. This is actually cheaper compared to the previous model I tested. LIX says that this is because their advanced R&D process minimized production costs and they passed on the savings to the customer.
The internal components and structure of this 3D pen have been updated and reconstructed from the previous models, making it more durable and accommodative. You can use a wide range of filaments like fluorescent, translucent, or wood and metal-based plastic filaments.
The heating and pulling mechanisms for the LIX PEN UV have been streamlined to enhance stability, hence improving the flow of filament from insertion to extrusion points.
You’ll never experience clogging with this pen, thanks to the reconfigured evacuation system that eliminates plastic dust from the internal components.
I like beautiful and portable gadgets, and the manufacturer has done a great job in aesthetics by making the LIX PEN UV much shorter (by 15mm) than the previous models. It’s actually the tiniest circular 3D pen in the world today. The color range has also increased to include the new option of Gold as well as the standard Silver and Black.
The LIX Pen UV combines a great pen and a 3D printer in a single package, allowing you to create solid freestanding objects hassle free. The package comes with two packs of ABS filament containing 40 (20 cm long) rods each to get you started.
What I liked:
With its ridiculously small size, the 3D pen also offers great performance in a wide range of environments. It isn’t anything like the noisy counterparts out on the market, so I find it great when working in quiet environments like libraries or in the office.
Another noticeable characteristic is the fact that it comes with a USB cable for recharging, unlike many 3D pens that require a power brick for charging.
I’m always on the move, and I enjoy carrying the LIX PEN UV and just the USB Plug without having to worry running out of charge. If I can’t access electricity, I simply carry along my power bank and work wherever I go.
The LIX Pen UV is not only fun to play around with; I also find it extremely easy to use. Simply plug in the USB power cable to charge up the pen and start drawing.
What I did not like:
As much as I adore the tiny size and portability, it comes with limitations in terms of loading the filament. If I have to work on huge models that will take several hours to create, I have to stop to refill the filament. However, during my test, I tried a spool filament too and it works well for bigger projects. Using spool filament may void your warranty but it’s a risk you could take if you want to work continuously.
However, for tiny objects, it’s a great 3D pen to consider.
Some customers were unhappy with the previous versiom of LIX PEN (see comments below). The new version appears to have fixed the issues previously reported by some users.
Easy to carry
Easy to use
Well-built and stylish
Heats up and cools down the filament pretty fast
Feels a little delicate
A little pricy compared to other 3D pen (due to his aluminum finish probably)
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3. 7TECH 3D Printing Pen
7TECH 3D Printing Pen Review
The next up on our list is the 7TECH 3D Printing Pen. This pen was made to be easy to use and user-friendly. With that said, the company ensured us that the product will have an incredible silent operating mode. Additionally, the pen comes with several features that make this 3D printing pen, one of the best we have seen.
The 7TECH 3D printing pen has some advanced features that are welcomed add-ons. For instance, it comes with one of the best thermal controls we’ve seen. Also, the 3D printing pen notifies you about filament getting stuck. Furthermore, if you hate super-fast or super-slow extrusion of many 3D pens, you don’t have to worry about this. The pen lets you control the extrusion according to your own preferred speed.
We only found two issues with this pen. Lack of supplied filaments and how hot the pen can get when it’s fully operational. Another thing to keep in mind is when you are operating the pen, the temperature can get incredibly high. The temperature can get to the extent where it may cause damage to your skin if you get in contact with it. With that said, we realized that the supplied filament wasn’t enough. However, companies throw these in for royalty. All in all, the 7TECH 3D Printing Pen is one of the finest 3D printing pens we have used and is one of the top 3D pens in this list.
Easy to use for newcomers and veteran artists.
The pen is lightweight and rather slim. A welcome addition.
The 7TECH 3D printing pen comes with an advanced unclogging system which prevents the filament from clogging after cooling down.
There is an aluminum spatula included that protects your fingers from the hot nozzle.
The 1 year warranty is an additional bonus.