Can I use 1.75mm plastic?
No, the 3Doodler can only be used with 3mm plastic strands.
How does the pen work both PLA and ABS? They melt at different temperatures!
PLA melts at a lower temperature than ABS, so we have designed the pen to have two temperature settings, depending on the material in use at the time of 3Doodling. Please be sure to use the correct setting with the plastic you are using!
Which plastic should I choose? ABS or PLA?
For those who are new to plastics and want maximum flexibility with their 3Doodler we suggest starting with ABS and then experimenting with PLA.
How strong is the plastic once 3Doodled?
The flexibility and brittleness of your creation is really up to you as the creator. You can make pieces thicker by going back and forth and joining the strands, or you go very slow to make a thick strand that will be less flexible. This allows you to make stronger doodles that are able to act as supporting structures.
In the converse, you’ll create more brittle strands if you move the pen faster. The benefit of this is that thinner strands tend to be very flexible. If thinner, they are not easy to break, but they cannot support other objects.
So, in short, it’s up to you as a user to use technique and skill (which you’ll develop over time) to determine what you want from your 3Doodles.
Is the plastic hot when it comes out of the pen?
The plastic is warm but touchable when it emerges from the tip of the 3Doodler.
Does the 3Doodler have variable speeds?
Yes! The 3Doodler has two speeds, fast and slow. These determine the flow of the plastic and allow you to doodle large items and fill a large area at pace, or doodle intricate and delicate details (as well as drawing in the air). You can switch between the two speeds by choosing to press either the upper or lower doodle buttons on the body of the pen.
Does 3Doodler plastic emit harmful fumes?
3Doodler plastic has been tested for heavy metals and has undergone full toxological risk assessment, passing each and every test and assessment. Some users do not notice any smell when Doodling; others do not like the more “plasticy” smell of ABS; and many of our users prefer the smell of PLA, which, being corn based, can smell a little like popcorn. No matter what materials you are using, and whether you are using a 3Doodler or a traditional 3D printer, we always recommend Doodling (or printing) in a well ventilated area.
Can I 3Doodle on skin?
No. Absolutely not! You’ll burn yourself!
Is 3Doodler safe for children?
The 3Doodler is NOT a toy for children (it’s for ages 14+). It has a metal tip that can get as hot as 240C.