Creating with The 3Doodler

3doodler art gobletGoblet and Vase made by David Roehl with a 3Doodler

Have you heard of the 3Doodler before?   It’s a pen that allows you to draw in 3-D.  The pen heats plastic filament and as you draw it cools.  In a lot of ways it reminds me of a glue gun but in pen form.  Just like a glue gun, the filament will trail off and make tails sometimes.


About a year ago I gave one to my brother for Christmas.  Recently he started making more things with it and I thought some of you might be interested in learning about it.  Plus, it turns out that Wobble Works (creator of the 3Doodler) just came out with the 3Doodler 2.0 that they’re funding on Kickstarter.  The new version is smaller, quieter, and easier to use.

3doodler art ballBall by David Roehl

With any craft medium, there’s a learning curve.  The 3Doodler takes some time to get used to.  I’m still trying to master it.  I’ve discovered that it’s difficult to make items that look refined with the pen.

3doodler art chickenChicken & Egg by David Roehl

One of the benefits of the pen is that it’s easy to encase an item within another item.  I’m not sure if you can tell but the egg is suspended inside the chicken.  With other art mediums, making something like this would be more difficult to do.

Have you tried out the 3Doodler?  How do you like it?  What would you make with it?

2 Responses to Creating with The 3Doodler

  1. My husband bought me one for Mother’s Day last year and I haven’t used it yet! I get so nervous because I worry about “wasting” it. Which is just silly because it’s been wasted much more sitting in the box!

    You’ve motivated me to pull it out and start playing!

  2. Rebecca,

    I know what you mean about not wanting to waste the plastic sticks. In the package I ordered for my brother, it didn’t come with much. He ended up ordering a giant roll of 3D printing filament to use. You might want to check into that. I’m looking at the roll now and it’s by RepRapper if you’re interested.

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