The 5 Best 3D Pens 2017

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To many of us, this might still seem like a surprise. Ask around and see how many people are aware of this piece of technology called a 3D pen. Well, this is the new tech that is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. Just before I tell you some of the best 3D pens, let’s see what this pen is and how it works.

What is a 3D pen?

Basically, it is something that resembles an ordinary pen, only that it’s a bit bigger or bulkier. With these pens, you don’t have to bother about ink or using the traditional lead as we do with the ordinary pens and pencils. 3D pens use plastic. As weird as they might seem, it is right they do use plastic. Well, you might be having a lot of doubts and wondering how it must be difficult to use this pen. There is really no difference between 3D pens and the ordinary pens when it comes to using them and you will even notice that you can use them in other many ways.

How does it work?

On this, the first thing you need to understand is that 3D pens are different from 3D printers. We had already seen that these pens use plastic instead of ink. The plastic filament needs to be inserted inside the pen where it will later get heated using some other technology inside the pen. This heat is usually strong enough to melt the plastic filament turning it to a liquid and this is what you will be using to write. Something good about 3D pens is that you can use them to write on any surface.
These pens work almost the same as the glue gun. They usually come in many different colors probably to bring out the artistic beast inside you.
Honestly, there is no limit when it comes to what 3D pens can do. You are always used to drawing using the ordinary pencils which are usually two-dimensional, now what a 3D pen does, is adding another dimension. This usually brings out a clear message of your art as they appear to be more realistic.
Below is a sample of best 3D pens available in the market. I have chosen 5 best 3D pens with their features and brief reviews. This will help you to have a clear knowledge and understanding on what you are shopping for hence enables you to choose the best one for your needs.

5 best 3D pens

#1 3dSimo Mini

As it is right now, this is the only 3D pen that has modules and a mobile App. It is usually described as the most revolutionary 3D pen available. This pen managed to get some financial backing and much attention since it first appeared in some kick starter campaign. It only weighs 40 grams and dimensions of around 163 x 36 x 22 millimeters. It also has an LCD display. When you take a look at this pen, you will notice why it is so special.
For the beginners, you should be able to notice the several attachments that one can use to make the pen to become multipurpose. The pen can also be turned into a cutter, a lighter as well as a soldering machine too. All this comes with the pen so you won’t have to spend that extra cash. These attachments can be used on many surfaces including wood and metal. 3D Simo pen comes with another feature that makes it totally special compared to other 3D pens. It comes with an Android, Windows, and iOS phone application that you can use to control some of the pen’s basic functions.

#2 Lix 3D Smart Pen

This is the smallest but smartest 3D pen in the market. The pen, also from a kick starter campaign shocked the world when it was announced as the smallest 3D pen and finally, it was made available for the consumers. Well, with dimensions of 6.4 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches and weight of 40 grams, Lix 3D smartpen is the most quite 3D pen to use. It also works on almost all the surfaces thanks to its top-notch build quality.
This pen is also super simple to use as it has the capability to be powered using a USB cable. This is said to be an advantage compared to other 3D pens that will need a power brick connected from a power source to power them up. You can also use a power bank to power this pen up. The Lix 3D smart with its small size makes it pocket-friendly too. It also has the ability to heat the plastic filament up and cools it down swiftly.

#3 Scribbler 3D Pen V3

This is also one of the top selling 3D pens on the market today. Just as this name might suggest, this 3D pen is an updated version of another 3D pen known as the legacy scribbler. It has quality ergonomics that are perfectly and amazingly build thus making this pen a breeze to use.
The Scribbler 3D Pen V3 has a weight of about 67 grams and a dimension of 6 x 2 x 4 inches. If this is the first time you are having an encounter with this pen, you will notice that this pen only comes in 8 different colors including green, blue, red, purple, yellow and white. However, this cannot block you from using filaments of different colors.
It is also light due to its small weight. This pen is also easy to operate as it usually works in a friendly manner thus making you operate it without any difficulties.

#4 7TECH 3D Pen

Those who designed this pen appear to have had the same idea in mind. It looks like their main aim was to come up with a pen that is much easy to use and give out a user-friendly nature. This pen is much convenient as it produces no noise when in use. It also has some additional features that make it even more awesome. For instance, it has the capability of notifying you when the plastic filament is getting stuck. This pen also has great thermal control ability. Perhaps one of the greatest features contained in this pen is the fact that it can also let you control the extrusion and regulate it to your own preferred speed.
The 7TECH 3D pen weighs 65 grams and has a dimension of 7.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches and it can cost you a bit under 100$ to have one. The only problem with this pen is that while in use, the temperature can get too high and this can usually cause some skin damage when they come in contact.

#5 Ccbetter Intelligent pen

This pen is also being sold under another different name and it is known as Joyluxy intelligent 3D. It only weighs 55 grams with LCD display and a dimension of 7 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches. This ccbetter intelligent 3D pen is quite basic since it has everything a 3D pen should have.
This pen will usually come in a box almost same as the one your Smartphone came in. when you open the box, you will find two supplied filaments alongside the power brick. The pen also comes with a stand that you can use to put your pen on when you are not using it. It also works on almost all the surfaces with great ease and a lot of consistency thus giving you brilliant results. This pen also has the capability of letting you know when the filament is heated enough and is now ready to be used. With all these amazing features you can rest be assured that this is one of the best 3D pens available in the market.

Wrapping it up

When you are shopping for a 3D pen, you need to know the functioning and the applications of the pen. You should also know that the 3D pens used nowadays might not be having the same features as the first 3Doodler models produced. 3D pens are usually for school projects or any small exhibition. This means that you also need to have figured out the purpose for which you are buying the pen. This article is just a guide to help out consumers make the best choice when shopping for a 3D pen. This is mainly because this market is still relatively new thus a lot of choices are involved and this might be quite confusing to the consumers. You can continue expressing yourself and enjoying art in 3D, but only when you make the right choices when shopping.

About the author

John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

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