You heard about 3D pens, but you’re asking yourself: What 3D pen do I buy???
Below are Pros & Cons for each pen! + a history of 3d pens
NEW!!! Dec 2016: Check out my 3D Pen Comparison Chart!
3D Simo Mini ($129) (Click here to buy and get 3 free plastic packs!) (Recommended by me! + best 3D pen for creators/fixers)
Multipurpose tool! 3D drawing, soldering, burning, and cutting! All in one! Has add-on battery pack to make it wireless, uses smartphone app to control settings like temperature and mode, uses 10+ different types of plastic, and has removable pen tips. Heats up quickly, works great, and gives creators more possibilities as it’s not just a 3D printing pen! I had fun burning patterns into wood, fixing LED lights by soldering wires and circuit board connections, and cutting foam stars! Note: The tip of this pen can get very hot so make sure you use it with adult supervision (Click here to buy this pen & get 3 free plastic packs!) (Click here for my full review) (Click here for my video review)
Skywriter 3D Pen: ($99) (Click here to buy and get 20 FREE PLASTIC PACKS!) (Fastest pen out + Thinnest pen for the price)
This pen is really thin! Fastest 3d pen out so its amazing at drawing large objects quickly which makes it tons of fun. It has new features like one click use so you don’t have to hold buttons down when drawing! Professional design, Nearly jam proof, auto sleep feature to protect the pen, and a clear display so you always know what your settings are: mode, temp, and speed, and plastic type. Overall this is an amazing pen! (Click here to buy and get 20 FREE PLASTIC PACKS!) (Click here for my full Review!) (Click here for my video review!)
There are 3 versions: V1, V2, and V3 + use coupon code Rainbow you get $30 off!
Why do I like Scribbler 3D pens so much? Because they are reliable, jam WAY less than other 3D pens, and have the ability to push plastic out much faster. Also the plastic refills are 4.5x cheaper than 3Doodler plastic making it affordable to buy every color of plastic!
Scribbler V1: ($69 with coupon code Rainbow) (Best Low Price Pen + Best for Younger Kids)
V1 is reliable, nearly jam proof, and is easy for anyone to use. It has a simple design with big buttons and a sliding speed control. This is a good pen to buy if you’re just starting out, or if it is going to be used by young children as the big buttons are easier for kids. Also the stream of plastic that comes out of the pen is bigger which makes it easier to make bigger simpler art faster. This pen is the best 3D pen for showing your friends or bringing it to events where it will be used by many people as it is very durable. Plus at this price you can buy a couple and have several going at the same time like in my Scribbler V1 Video! (Full Review Blog) (Click here to buy and don’t forget to use the Coupon Code: Rainbow)
Scribbler V2: ($89 with coupon code Rainbow) (Nice hybrid between V1 and V3)
V2 adds a screen which allows you to control the type of plastic and temperature of the pen. The small screen shows your pens settings at all times! However, the version 2 pen seemed to jam a little more and we’ve heard of some rare cases where the heating core stops working. Because of this I’d recommend the V3 or V1 above the V2. (Full Review Blog) (Click here for my review) (Click here to buy and don’t forget to use the Coupon Code: Rainbow)
Scribbler V3: ($99 with coupon code Rainbow) (My favorite pen! + Best for Detail)
V3 has a slimmer design and combines the durability of the V1 with the features you want in the V2 + adds a few new features. It has a screen, temperature controls, and the 6 speed control has been upgraded and no longer uses a slider which is better. Also, this pen is the best one out for detailed drawing. The slimmer design allows it to fit in your hand nicer with provides more control. Note that the buttons are smaller which is no problem for a big kid or adult but may be harder to use for little kids. If you want the latest pen with all the coolest features this is the pen for you. This is my favorite pen for making (Full Review Blog) (Click here for my video review) (Click here to buy and don’t forget to use the Coupon Code: Rainbow)
Lix 3d Pen: ($139.95 + Click here for a Coupon Code) (Recommended by me + Worlds Smallest Pen!)
This pen just started shipping April 2016 and is the world’s smallest 3d printing pen! It’s professional, super thin, is made of high quality materials, is very quiet, and draws very precisely. Also it’s USB powered so you can literally take it anywhere with a 2 amp power supply! BUT you’ll need to pay a little extra for all these awesome features. With a pen this tiny it does get a little warm so make sure you use it in a cooler environment when you use it for longer periods of time. Also while great for making small objects on the go, to make bigger ones you may want to use a 3D pen that draws with thicker plastic like the Scribbler pens. To find out more about this pen and coupon codes: (CLICK HERE for my detailed LIX Blog) (CLICK HERE for the Video Review) (CLICK HERE to Buy)
This is basically the updated version of the 3Doodler 2.0 and has the same external design but with a few added features. This is a slim, small, sleek 3D pen! Also there are accessories exclusive to 3doodler such as pen tips (which allow you to change the nozzles which shapes the plastic), a jet pack (which allows you to doodle on the go with no plugs), and Flexy plastic which is a flexible plastic and allows you create flexible things! 3Doodler also offers how to guides, stencils, contests, and lots of support! The new version added button labels, made the hatch clear so you can see the plastic inside, and most importantly made it jam less. TONS of customers have complained about 3doodler 2.0 pens repeatedly jamming and taking a long time to fix so 3Doodler worked on making a pen that jams less. The good news is that this pen does jam less (2 to 3 times per large project rather than 5-6) and is easier to fix when it does jam which is a huge improvement over the older models however it still jams more than other 3d printing pens and takes a long time to load a new piece of plastic. For these reasons I prefer other 3d printing pens. (Click here to Buy a 3doodler Create) (Click here to see my review)
3Doodler Start ($49) (Best low temperature pen, Super Safe for Kids)
The 3doodler start is super safe for kids (8+) with low temperature plastic so you can’t get burned, its simple and easy to use, loads plastic quickly, is affordable and most importantly doesn’t have issues with jamming like the 3doodler Create. However, the low temperature plastic does take longer to harden (up to 30 sec which is way more than other pens take which take 4 sec) making it difficult to draw up in the air like you can with other 3D pens. Also, you can’t remove a strand of plastic if you’ve used too much of it, so it forces you to continue drawing in that color until you run out. Finally, the strands are shorter and run out quickly so you’ll want to make sure you stock up. Overall I had a lot of fun with this pen! (Click here to Buy a 3doodler Start) (Click here to see my video review)
Ink Based 3d pens:
Polyes Q1: ($116) 10% off with coupon code Rainbow) (Recommended by me! Best Ink Pen)
The Polyes Q1 is super safe with no hot parts. It’s a cool ink 3D pen that uses a UV light to harden the ink as you draw. The ink hardens very quickly, which means it is really good at drawing up in the air, and even sideways! The ink is sticky, but if you put your creations in the sun for a few minutes then they won’t be sticky anymore. The colors are transparent. I tried some of their premium inks: aromatic, glow in the dark, and temperature changing. The temperature changing and glow in the dark inks worked well, but the aromatic ink didn’t smell very strong. The battery lasts a long time and there is a lot of ink in each cartridge. (3 times as much ink as Creopop) (Click here for my review) Click here to buy and don’t forget to use the 10% off Coupon Code: Rainbow)
The Creopop pen is smaller than the Polyes Q1, and also is rechargeable by USB. It has 5 speeds, but only the 2 slowest speeds work for drawing up into the air unless you draw in a circular motion. The ink is not very sticky which is awesome, and the colors are vibrant which I really like. However the pen has some issues: the buttons are tricky to use when trying to switch back and forth between light only mode and ink mode, the ink can actually get a little hot right after making something, and it takes longer to make big things when compared to other 3D pens. They also claim to have 9 different kinds of premium inks, such as glittering, glowing, magnetic, body paint, and more, but when I bought a large amount of premium inks they only sent me 1 (temperature changing). If they start selling these new types of premium inks this pen could be very cool but it doesn’t have my vote just yet. (Click here for my review + Pro/Con list in the video description) (Click here to buy)
The IDO3D includes disposable pens and a few paper stencils to trace. This is nice because you don’t have to be plugged into a wall. You draw on flat stencils with the ink, then use the UV flashlight to dry them. You can’t draw up into the air with these pens. The ink is extremely sticky, and your creations will remain sticky forever. Also, it takes a long time for the flashlight to harden your drawings, and you have to do this manually. But at least it’s really cheap! Perhaps this product would be good for young children who don’t mind being messy. (Click here for my review) (Click here to buy this Pen!)
3D Magic comes with squeezable inks, similar to IDO3D. The difference is that instead of using a flashlight to harden your art, you use a small UV oven. Neither the pens nor the oven need to be plugged in. (the oven is battery powered) The ink is not sticky at all, and the creations are very strong when they come out of the oven. 3 dimensional molds are provided to draw on. Once you finish drawing, you put it in the oven, and wait 2 minutes. The price is reasonable and it’s not very messy. (Click here for my review) (Click here to buy!)
AtmosFlare 3d Pen!: ($30) (Low Cost Ink Pen)
Ink based pen that you squeeze to draw. This is similar to IDO3D but works much better because you can actually draw up into the air!! While this pen is not powered like the Polyes Q1 it’s a great cool ink pen to start with and I had fun making cool creations with it! Note that the Ink is a little sticky so putting down disposable tablecloths is helpful. For $30 it actually works very well. (Click here to check out my review) (Click here to buy!)
Background on 3D Pens:
3D pens use plastic filament and work kind of like a hot glue gun. The awesome part is they allow you to draw up into the air and create 3D objects in mid air! Drawing with these pens is so much fun because it adds a new dimension to doodling: you can draw up into the air!
3Doodler invented the first pen and after 3Doodler’s success on Kickstarter, many other 3D printing pens came to the table, but only one competitor really stood out: Scribbler’s 3D printing pen. Similar pens are sold by many distributors in China but Scribbler is the only one that offers customer service, a 6 month warranty, and full return policy.
3Doodler and Scribbler have released several versions of these 3D printing pens over the last few years. Recently, a few other 3D pen companies have delivered their pens such as Lix (the smallest 3D pen), 3D Simo Mini (a multipurpose pen), and a new type of pen: cool ink pens.
Background on Cool Ink Pens:
Cool ink pens allow you to draw in 3D just like plastic 3D pens but they have one big advantage. There are no hot parts! This means kids of all ages can use a pen that is much safer. These pens made big promises but it wasn’t until September 2015 that these products started being released.
IDO3D and 3D Magic 3D Maker (aka 3D Creation Maker) are pens that use cool ink, but you can’t draw up into the air with them. They are designed to be used on a flat surface and then hardened afterwards. While these products are fun, they can’t compete with the ability to draw up into the air–it’s a totally different experience! Polyes Q1 and CreoPop both allow you to draw up into the air with cool ink. They use light (blue or UV) to harden the ink while it’s coming out of the pen! This means you can truly experience a 3D pen with no hot parts! Note these pens do cost a little more and the ink can be a little messy. Also, we’ve found that kids like the plastic based 3D pens more. Check out more about each pen above!
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84 Comments on "Ultimate 3d Printing Pen Buying Guide!"
Thank you office rainbow girl now I know which one is good for me thank you
I read many reviews about best 3d printing pen but your article is really awesome and helpful. You include many more details an price also. I shared your post with my friends and they also liked it.
This is a good article for 3D pen buying guide. Can you review the 3D Dreamer Pen? it claims the most intelligent 3D pen with lots of features.
For anyone wondering how to get a 3d pen, here’s how:
1:Go to the pen you would like to get
2:Click the blue link that says “click here to purchase ___!”
3:Add to cart, purchase
And you’re done! (apologies if I sound sarcastic, I am just trying to help the people who have commented “how do I get one??”)
I wish i could get the scribbler v3 but i live in south africa and amazon does not ship 2 here and if i would have gotten one i would create things and send them 2 u cause ur my favourite youtuber ever and very original love your videos never stop doing what u love
Which one is your ultimate favorite???
3D pems are awesome to be used specially when you are interested in arts and crafts but also can be used for professional purposes. this article is very informative.
Awesome,highly appreciated to your professional review on the high quality top 3D printing pens,i just checked out a latest high valued 3D printing pen coming with USB interface which could be charged via portable power pack and USB charger and PC etc,the pen features low temperature protection uniquely which could be used to draw on your fingers even.wondering how you guys think about,the stuffs from US amazon store are below：
Which pen do you recomand me getting? Please answer!
I’m not her, but it depends. Do you want a plastic based pen or an ink based pen?
Plastic ones make noise, but you won’t have ink everywhere (in case you spill one). Ink ones have sticky ink, but are quiet. If you can’t choose, get one (see how you like it) if you don’t get another.
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Im trying to figure out to get the polyes q1 or the creopop
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Polyes q1 or the scribbler v3? Trying to get the one that is most reliable, least prone to internal damage and has a fast consistent plastic release speed.
Pls can i have it because my family cant afford it? thank you ?
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What is the best 3d video you have ever made
Can you please do a review on nextech 3d pen please please please?
Which is best 3d doolder2.0 or lix
I think 3doodler
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I want one of them please tell me hod do i get one
how do i get 1
Should I buy Chinese 3D pens from Aliexpress for example?
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You should do a review of the 3doodler start, it’s a 3d printing pen that has no heated parts. It’s supposed to be for children. It also does not use any exposed lights to harden the ink/plastic.
I love your vídeos and i wish i have a 3D pen
Pls read this email… Which 3d pen you prefer 3doodler or scribbler? if is 3doodler can you tell me if I can pout other plastic in it like the scribbler ones and if you prefer scribbler can you tell me why is too expensive
Which is the best 3D pen for you
Hi rainbowgirl, are you getting the 3Dsimo mini, it looks really good. Mostly for a pro at 3D pens like you.
I got a 3d from i think it was gear buy or gear best something like that but i forgot. It was basically a copy of the 3d scribbler except there was no brand name on the box or pen, it just said 3d printing pen.We also got a whole box of plastic coils, which were about one meter each, of all different colours and 3 smaller coils with the pen. The shame is it worked for a while, but then light started flashing green and red and just stopped extruding plastic ,once i warmed the pen up, and i… Read more »
I’m from the 3doodeler pen company and I have 24 of these pens and I have to try them all??????
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Hi! I must buy 3Dpen. I want 3Dooder 2.0 – is good?
Please answer for this.
Scribbler is the best!!
Hi. I must buy 3Dpen. I want 3doodler 2.0 – is good?
Please answer for this.
guiding videos. awsome. hey whhat about 3Dsimo mini
Hi rainbowgirl i really like youre vídeos and im one of youre gratest fans and i would like to try a 3d pen just like you someday
Hi rainbowgirl i really like youre vídeos im your gratest fan i really would like to use a 3d pen.
I love your videos so much! You’re such a creative, free spirit!
Im getting the 3doodler 2.0 tomorrow!!!
Hey I wonder if I can get those pens I would maybe yayayaya those 3d pens are cool
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Hi. I’m not one of your subscribers, but that’s only because I’m too young for an account.
I really love you and your video’s and I like to think of myself as one of your subscribers, even if I’ve only been watching for about six months. I’ll stay tuned to your YouTube channel and the blog. Also, I would quite like it if you reviewed the goodee 3D printing pen, as it is amazing but not that popular. I also have one myself.
Hi ! I’m french and i wood like to tell you that you’re videos and articles are just so helpfull and so cool ! I love what you do and what you are !! now i’m so excited to create things by myself with a 3d pen and you’re article really help me ! So thank you !
Those are awesome items to use
Is the scribbler v3 as jam proof equally as the scribbler v1?
What do you think is the best 3d printing pen for kids or youth?
Most likely one of the pens that use cool ink. You can check her you tube channel for reviews on all of them.
Can you quickly give me a comparison cost on the ink for the Polyes vs the filament for the Scribbler? Looking long term, I’m trying to figure out which would cost more to operate for my kids. Thanks for any input you can quickly provide.
Searched it for u already…Scribbler Filaments are $9.99 per roll and Polyes ink is $30 for 5 inks and $35 for 5 functional inks.
Hey I thought that making ‘Stained Glass’ from Jolly Ranchers is pretty cool or Ornaments filled with Powder you add to Water and stuff to make Chip and Pretzel Dip! In my own opinion though no matter what is made as long as it comes from a Creative Heart nothing can go wrong! I hope that you like my Answer Ms. OfficialRainbowGirl and I don’t care if I don’t win! I just hope that everyone is Happy this Hoilday Season!
Stumbled across your website while researching 3d pens. Fantastic guide. Thanks for making my decision so much more informed and easy! I just bought a Polyes Q1 (with code Rainbow). Thanks!
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hey rainbow girl I really want to 3d pen win and I love you so much videos and your hair and wash my idea that a gift 3D printout and then from the inside blank so like a death but square and then bow on top of it and then within other 3D things like flowers or something already or you can make a bird sitting on a branch so you make a small tree with a task and then you print a bird like that minion Thanks Bye rainbow girl
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Your videos are awesome and so are you!
I have watch all of your videosite sense I was six.love you.
Where do you suggest getting plastic from?
At the top of this blog I added a link where you can buy some plastic for Scribbler pens. hope this helps!
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Thanks for the advice but can u recommend websites that sell them too? Because I need a globally shipped 3D pen thanks your the best!
Scribbler and Polyes Q1 both ship globally. just click the links above to go straight to their websites.
Thanks! Big fan and this will help. I chose the V3! Such a unique guide and you are great at art btw!
Thanks for all the tips and tricks your great??☺???