FAQ

Can I paint over doodles with acrylic or some other media?

Yes you can. And you can do so almost immediately as the “ink” cools very soon after leaving the pen. As long as it can adhere to plastic, it can help beautify your doodles. Spray paint can also be used; we recommend testing it on a small doodle first!

Can I draw on skin?

No. Absolutely not! You’ll burn yourself!

How does the pen work both PLA and ABS plastic considering 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!

Can I leave the plastic in the pen when I shut the pen down?

Please don’t! We’ve found that leaving warm plastic in the pen accelerates the degradation of the plastic and can cause issues with then pen over time.

How do you know when you need to load more plastic into the pen?

The pen will generally stop extruding plastic or you will notice a marked slowdown in the extrusion speed. Just add a new strand, give it a gentle nudge if needed, and your 3Doodler should start extruding again. You’ll still get a few inches of the old strand before the new one feeds in.

Why don't my Doodles look like those in the video?

Practice makes perfect, even when 3Doodling! It takes time to master the 3Doodler. But don’t let this stop you. Think outside the box and let your imagination take off. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your doodling skills evolve.

How do I get plastic to stick to paper?

“If you are having trouble you may need to press the pen more firmly into the paper.
Think of the 3Doodler like a pen; in order for the ink to hit the paper, the tip of the pen must touch the paper. We recommend pressing down into the paper until you can see a little blob, making sure the plastic is anchored to the paper. Then you can freely lift off the page or move around.”

I used a strand of plastic then decided to change colors. Can I reuse the original strand of unused plastic?

Yes of course, but before inserting the used strand into the 3Doodler, please cut the tip of the strand so that it has a clean edge. This will help prevent jamming and other issues.

How long can the 3Doodler be used continuously?

Your 3Doodler is a sturdy and awesome tool, but like any mechanical device it needs a break now and then. We suggest giving it some downtime after two hours of continuous use (just 30mins or so).

How can the 3Doodler be used for repairs?

“The 3Doodler can be used as a plastic welding tool. If you have something made of ABS plastic (the most common form of plastic) you can repair it with the 3Doodler.
For example, two broken parts can be welded back together by “drawing” a plastic weld where the parts are broken. In addition to household repairs, we expect this to be especially handy for makers who are using traditional 3D printers.

So far, we’ve seen it used to repair vacuum cleaners, eyeglass frames and 3D prints. Let us know what you’ve been able to fix!”

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.

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.

Can I insert two strands of 1.75mm plastic side by side into the 3Doodler?

Nope. The 3Doodler only works with 3mm plastic.

Plastics cannot (and should not) be combined. As we have mentioned elsewhere, 3Doodler should only be used with 3Doodlerstrands. Use of other materials not approved by us may result in damage to your pen or injury to you, and will void your warranty.”

How long a piece of plastic can I put in the back of the 3Doodler? Can I hook a spool of plastic up to the 3Doodler?

3Doodler plastic is 10 inches in length and straight cut.
We are not able to verify the quality or source of other materials used and the warranty that covers the 3Doodler is limited to 3Doodler-approved ABS and PLA strands.

I was wondering... is the pen also for lefties?

Yes! Both the 3Doodler and the 3Doodler 2.0 are ambidextrous pens! And, one of the inventors is a leftie. You can see Max 3Doodling with his left hand in our videos.

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.

The plastic is moving slowly, what do I do?

Sometimes, when you get to the end of one strand, extrusion slows noticeably. Put a new strand into the back of the 3Doodler. If it still extrudes very slowly (or not at all), try giving the new one a little nudge down, helping gravity do its thing.

My pen is not ‘gripping’ the plastic, it seems like I really have to force it. What gives?

You should use the fast setting when loading a new strand of plastic, and always give it some time. If need be, give the plastic a light but firm push to help the 3Doodler ‘grip’ it.

Is there a warranty?

We offer a 12 month warranty over all defective products. If you are having an issue with your 3Doodler or accessories please get in touch, and we try to get you back up and Doodling as soon as possible. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to resolve the issue.