First Tries With the 3Doodler

Ever since the 3Doodler came out on Kickstarter in March of 2013, I wanted one. It just seemed like such a cool product!

Then a few weeks ago, my friends at MakerGeeks sent one over for me to play with. WHAAATTTT?!?!?!?!?

As soon as I got it, I started playing around.

For those who aren’t aware, the 3Doodler is a 3D-printing pen. In case that doesn’t clear anything up, here’s the video from the original Kickstarter page (the 3Doodler went on to raise over 2 million dollars on a $30,000 goal. Not bad!)

When I got the 3Doodler, I started by unboxing everything to see what I was working with.

Inside the cool blue box was a set of instructions, two packs of PLA (the plastic that you melt in the pen), the 3Doodler itself, and the wall adapter.

The whole thing is pretty simple to use. You simply plug it in and move the toggle switch from “Off” to either “PLA” or “ABS” (types of plastic. Mine was PLA). Once the light changes from red to either blue or green (depending on the type of plastic you’re using), you’re ready to go!

While it’s simple to use, it’s not necessarily easy. Like anything else, there’s a bit of a learning curve. But I expected this going in, so I just sort of acknowledged that the first things I made were going to be for practice.

Even though my first creations weren’t mind-blowing, I could tell that this thing was going to be a lot of fun to use.

I made a 3D letter K…..

…a sort of three-sided pyramid / 3D Dorito shape…

Then I got fancy and decided to make a bicycle. I started by laying down the seat, handlebars, and tires in one color…

…then I added the bike frame in a different color.

Then I added a Kickstand and voila! It stands up!

After gazing upon such beauty, my eyes were damaged. So I made a pair of glasses.

There. That’s MUCH better.

Obviously these were all first attempts, but the more I played with the 3Doodler, the more confidence I got, and the more I figured out how it worked.

So stay tuned throughout this week, because I’ll be sharing more things I’ve made as I’ve gotten more accustomed to the 3Doodler!

Oh, and make sure to check out www.MakerGeeks.com !

They’ve got all sorts of awesome maker gear, from 3D printer kits to fully-assembled 3D printers to filament and more. And of course, they’ve got a great deal on the 3Doodler.

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