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pen is fun to play around with
on January 8, 2017
I had been wanting to try one of these pens for a while now. Today we're snowed in so I got to use this for the first time.
I chose this pen for that it has a door that opens and replaceable tip. I also liked that it could use ABS and PLA. I bought a box of SketchPro PLA filaments to go with it. I knew I did not want to smell plastic while snowed in. It worked great with the PLA also.
This is my first 3D pen.
The temperature goes to 230 C plus a little, which is more than enough for the type of filament I bought.
The PLA worked fine in this pen. The recommended temperature is 190-230 C.
I used the black PLA and made some dollhouse windows. I was aiming for gates but think 3mm type pen would be better for gates.
I pulled the short piece out instead of trying to feed every last inch. I was not sure if it would feed the last piece. The motor backs it out only if it has something to back out. In other words if no filament is in it, motor won't continue to run.
The seller emailed me and assured me, if I need technical support to contact them.
The directions are brief but the pen is simple and intuitive.
The website sells extra tips and ABS for the pens.
I noticed as I used the roll of black, that it got a little easier to control the pla.
If you are an artist and draw a lot, you will pull up on the pen to look at what you are doing.
This pulling up action will draw a long thin pla line in the air, as it should.
The pen is a bit clumsy but turning the work around with the other hand helps keep my eye on the line.
The PLA is 1.75 mm. It is best to keep that in mind, while choosing what to draw. It is somewhat difficult to get tiny curls and leaves when working on miniature projects.
It does draw a pretty thin line if you get the speed just right.
My PLA filament won't come out at the slowest speed. I tried different speeds to get a feel for what will work for me and my drawing style.
The PLA stuck to the paper. But I wet it and rubbed it off.
There was some shrinkage, which was evident by the paper buckling a little.
The PLA has a little flexibility, which makes it easy to straighten later.
The pen is fun to play around with.
I did not notice any noise.
The pen turns off when no activity is detected for a few minutes. I remove my filament if I am walking away from it.
The pen has not jammed at all and I have used over 7 meters of PLA in it so far.