Post-graduation and job hunting is wearing me down, so what better than a little creative experimentation with my new 3Doodler!?
In case you don’t already know, the 3Doodler is ‘the world’s first and best 3D printing pen that allows you to draw in 3D’ (the3doodler.com). It uses plastic filament which heats as it travels through the core of the pen and cools almost instantly as it leaves the nozzle, allowing you to bring your doodles to life.
The video for this pen is super exciting and also, I soon discovered, totally unrealistic for the beginner… I was tempted to leave this out as my doodles are significantly inferior, but it’s interesting to see the potential in such an innovative tool:
SO, how to even begin… the video makes 3Doodling look incredibly easy (it’s not). In the same way that you learn how to use a new piece of technology, practice makes perfect; for example, here are my first few attempts:
Not exactly groundbreaking.
I decided to start on a simple project; before I started to try and create masterpieces like the Eiffel Tower, I decided to stick with what I know and create the alphabet… using the slow speed on the pen of course. This wasn’t a hugely long project, I’ve just spent an hour or so experimenting, so it’s more practicing and getting used to how the pen works, but there were several interesting things about the final letters.
I used a plastic wallet as a base as this seems to be what the heated plastic works on best, but it also meant that it welded slightly to the plastic which meant it bent slightly as it was pulled away, creating interesting shadows when the letter is then placed on a flat surface. Also the ends of the letters aren’t clean cut, the plastic thins out as the pen is pulled away. This was the result:
(More photos/ experiments to come soon!)