The thing that grabbed everyone’s attention, especially artists lately is 3D pen. Who could have thought that you can draw 3D objects with just a pen. Every artist can give their imagination a solid 3 dimensional shape with a mere pen, sounds great, but, what’s the best 3D pen on the market?
With that question popping in our head, went on some research and tested a handful of 3D printing pens and found some which are the best.
Let us tell you that 3D printers and 3D pens, both are different things. Also, you don’t need any printer when you have got a 3D printing pen.
Our curiosity and our visitor’s dilemmas led us to review these 3D pens and find the best 3D pens that anyone can use, be it a kid or a professional artists.
We know you have some questions in your head that what’s exactly a 3D pen, how does it work and how it can create 3D objects without any other hardware. Don’t worry, we have covered all these thing at the end of this page, don’t forget to read it.
Best 3D Pen List 2018
It’s 2018 (almost) and we need something advance, something useful and robust. Let’s check out what is there for you and which 3D pen should be the best pick for you.
One more thing, don’t forget to tell us which 3D pen has won your heart and which one you are planning to buy soon.
Check out this table below that lists best 3D pens for every type of person, be it a newbie or an experienced artist.
Don’t worry we will get into the detailed review of each and every 3D printing pen after this section, there you can read about these top 3D pens in details.
TDW’s Top Picks
These are our best picks for 3D pens.
|Rank||3D Pen Name||Dimensions||Best Price|
|1||3DSimo Mini 2||163 x 36 x 22 mm|
|2||Lix 3D Pen||6.4 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches|
|3||3Doodler Create||6.3 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches|
Best 3D Pens for Kids
3D pens for kids are different, they are safe and don’t get too hot to avoid kids getting their hand burned.
|Rank||3D Pen name||Dimensions||Best Price|
|2||3Doodler Start||5.5 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches|
|3||Dewang X4||7.2 x 5.9 x 2.1 inches|
Now, it’s time to discuss these 3D pens in details, so that you know what should you buy and if your money is being spent well.
It is the smallest 3D pen out there which makes it easier to hold and draw.
If you compare it with other 3D pens then you will notice other 3D printing pens are a bit thicker as compared to this, and when you hold Lix pen it feels as if you are holding an ink pen (almost).
The dimensions and built quality are great, even for a learner. An artists knows the importance of the right grip and this pen passes all the tests when it comes to handling.
Speed control buttons, LED head indicator are some of its awesome characteristics that add more to this 3D pen.
Built quality is quite impressive, an Aluminum body designed to fit in our hands perfectly.
You would surely love to use this pen as much as we did, but, make sure that it gets heated up around the nib since it is very small, so, don’t buy this for your kids.
23DSimo Mini 2 (Best Overall)
After all the love 3DSimo Mini got, it’s Mini2 here now. If we talk directly about dimensions and construction of this 3D printing pen and compare it with the Liz’s pen then there is a difference, the width of this pen is more than Lix’s pen.
But, wait. It’s not just a 3D pen and it would be an injustice to call it a mere 3D pen. So, what’s the other thing it can do other than 3D printing. Let’s see.
Apart from 3D printing you also do foam cutting, burning, and soldering. And, you can also connect it with your mobile phone, handling the pen and its features becomes easy with the app you get for android and iOS phones.
Don’t get shocked because there is more, all these things are built into one single pen, you just need to change the front part and your new tool is ready to be used.
Since it has so much to offer, so you might get overwhelmed with it for the first but adapt to it once you get your hands on it.
You will be happy to know that 3Dsimo 3D pen’s filaments are the cheapest when it comes to the price, which is one of the main reasons to get a 3D pen like this since you won’t have to pay much for filaments.
Materials is supports are ABS, PLA, PETG, Thermo wood, Aromatic inks. One of the few 3D pens to support that much materials.
3Scribbler V3 3D Pen (Best Budget 3D Pen)
Scribbler as of now is available in 7 colors. It is backed by 30 day money guarantee, so be sure if there is any problem with the product, you can always return it.
Now, let’s talk about the price, product and quality it offers. First speaking about price, then it quite cheaper when compared to our top 2 picks.
If you are just starting out then this should be a great product for you, even if you are an experienced artists even then you can consider this pen.
The products drawn out from this pen are quite fascinating and clear, however, it may seem heavier to you as compared to other 3D pens, it weighs about 1.5lbs. One more thing which is missing in Scribbler pen is the retraction.
Retraction is when you draw a line, the plastic is pulled back into the back, retraction helps you create cleaner lines. However, retraction is there in Lix and 3DSimo 3D pens.
But, when it comes to the material choice, Scribber and 3DSimo both are equally good and provide you a variety of material choice to create arts.
Scribbler supports materials like ABS, PLA, Flow flex, Wood, Metal. Also, not to forget, there are 6 speed settings in this pen which is among the highest.
It’s quite budget friendly and side by side one of the best 3D pens on the market right now. If you are in a mood to spend $70-80, then this is the pen you should go for.
It is durable and last longer, you get the temperature control as it’s custom but for sure there are some filament leaks which you will find in almost every 3D pen out there.
43Doodler Create 3D Pen
After Scribbler V3, this is our top pick for the budget friendly 3D pen. If we talk about the technical specifications then the filament price is low which is good for more usage, you can charge it with USB as it supports power banks.
Temperature control is auto, comes with 2 speed setting controls, and the hot end is replaceable.
If we talk about budget then is somewhat close to Scribbler’s V3 3D pen. There is retraction in this pen which will help you create sharp and cleaner art lines.
No doubt, it is our second favorite budget friendly 3D printing pen.
The materials it supports are ABS, PLA, and Flexy.
53Doodler Start (Best 3D Pen for kids)
Again a 3Dooler 3D pen model but a little more cost effective and affordable pen but specially made for kids so that they don’t get their hands burnt.
It has no hot parts, so completely safe for kids who are 8+, it is our second pen on the list of best 3D pen which is safe for kids. 3Dsimo’s Basic pen is also similar which don’t get your hands burnt and safe for kids who are 8+.
If you are looking to buy a 3D pen for kids, then either go for 3DSimo Basic (details of which can be found here) or 3Doodler start.
This 3D pen has been designed keeping kids in mind, the molten plastic hardens immediately, you get only 1 speed and 1 temperature, so not to worry even if you are not around as they can’t make changes to speed and temperature.
Not to forget, it is portable also.
67Tech 3D Pen
7Tech’s 3D pen is the cheapest when it comes to price and it gives a good experience drawing 3D art, however, you may feel difficult to control it in the start as the speed settings are based on slider but it is definitely durable.
You get full temperature control, it is set to custom.
It is not portable and there is no retraction, obviously you ca’t expect to get all these things at such a cheap price, but you are able to use non brand filament with this pen.
The materials it supports are ABS, and PLA.
We recommend you buy this product only from certified sellers or 7Tech seller, else you will have to compromise with the guarantee of the product.
You won’t get any guarantee on fraud pens if you buy it from other sellers.
Let’s see what this 3D pen has to offer and why it deserves to be on our best 3D pen list. First of all, it is the cheapest, even cheaper than 7Tech’s pen.
The price difference between DW X4 and 7Tech 3D pen is about $10-20 (may change with time).
It supports non brad filaments, has 3 speed settings, temperature is auto, retraction is there and hot ends are replaceable, however, it is not portable.
One thing that we found as a drawback was the materials it supports (PCL only), but this drawback can be neglected if you see the price tag.
8CreoPop 3D Pen
It functions in a different way. It works with an ink like substance rather than melting a solid (plastic mostly).
Suitable for people above 10 (if they are not in a habit of putting things in mouth).
Let’s talk about the technical specs, it has 5 speed settings, supports retraction and is portable.
The material choice is good (regular, flow, glitter, aromatic inks, thermo).
We are telling you again that it doesn’t work by melting the solid, it works with an ink like substance so, your experience with this 3D pen will be different.
FAQ About 3D Pens
Now you know what 3D pens are our favorite and which one you should go for. There are some things that you may find interesting to know, some common terms and other important info about 3D pens.
Let’s have a look at those questions.
a.) How does a 3D pen work?
The functioning of 3D pens depends on the product, for example, some use solid (plastic) to create 3D art while pens like CreoPop uses ink like substance.
In most of the 3D pens, a solid is melted and then cooled quickly.
b.) Is a 3D pen and a 3D printer the same thing?
Absolutely NOT. These are two different things. You don’t need to have a printer, it’s just a pen which is capable of giving you 3D designs.
c.) What is retraction?
We have used this word quite a lot within the article, it is ability of the pen to suck the ink back to the pen (a little bit), this helps you create cleaner and sharp lines without giving them a messy look.
d.) Are these safe for kids?
There are some pens like 3Doodler start and 3Dsimo basic, which are suitable for kids above 8 (still a little care is advisable).
e.) What is filament?
Just like printers, these 3D pens also needs filament to create 3D objects.
f.) Can I really create an amazing looking 3D art using these pens?
Obviously. It needs some skills and imagination to create art, whether is a 3D object or a traditional art on paper.
g.) What’s the best pen for me?
That depends on your need. However, we have listed out top 3 3D pens in the beginning of the article within a table.
We could have given you endless number of choices but that would becoming confusing for you to compare and decide. That’s why we have chosen only the best that fits in every budget.
You can go for any of the 3D pen recommended by us based on your requirements. Our list of best 3D pens has products ranging from $40 to $150, rest depends on you.