The Best 3D Pen

The Best 3D Pen

Our pick

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler Create+

The best drawing experience

Comfortable to hold and easy to start using right away, the Create+ also benefits from 3Doodler’s excellent customer service and the option to buy different-size tips.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon

The models we made with the 3Doodler Create+ looked similar to those designed with other pens, but the Create+ provides the best combination of comfort and customization of any pen we tried. It rests in your hand much like a normal pen, requiring only a brief button press to start drawing (some models require you to hold a button down while you draw). Without much practice you can draw a simple 3D box, or pick from hundreds of stencils to create designs like flowers and masks. However, you have to use 3Doodler’s own filament, which is more expensive than generic brand filaments that work with other pens—though it still costs only about a dollar to draw over 300 inches, or about $2 for an hour of normal drawing (including expected stops).

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3Doodler Start

3Doodler Start

The safest option for kids under 12

Though slow and lacking in features compared with traditional 3D pens, the Start is cool to the touch, making it safer for kids younger than 12.

Buying Options

$50 from Amazon

The 3Doodler Start is slower and has far fewer features than most of the pens we tested, but both its tip and just-extruded plastic are completely safe to touch. That’s essential for kids under 12, who have a tendency to touch and mold plastic as a part of the creation process. The Start’s smaller, contoured shape also makes it easier for kids to hold.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

3Doodler Create+

3Doodler Create+

The best drawing experience

Comfortable to hold and easy to start using right away, the Create+ also benefits from 3Doodler’s excellent customer service and the option to buy different-size tips.

Buying Options

$80 from Amazon

Also great

3Doodler Start

3Doodler Start

The safest option for kids under 12

Though slow and lacking in features compared with traditional 3D pens, the Start is cool to the touch, making it safer for kids younger than 12.

Buying Options

$50 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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