To be fair to technological innovation, 3D printers are not only one of the most useful inventions made in recent times, but also one of the most fun and engaging things ever created. And the ability to squeeze all the technology into a pen is even more exciting. This pen allows you to express your creativity in a way you never imagined, you just have to know how to use it.
Just like you have to learn how to use a magic wand before casting spells, you need to learn how to use this pen before you decide to turn your imagination into 3D reality.
If you are a beginner and want to learn everything about how a 3D pen works, here is a guide that tells you how to do it.
How does it work and what can you do with it?
3d printing pen It works by melting thin plastic filaments and pushing the molten plastic through the extruded tip so you can configure it to your needs. Just think of a hot glue gun which is almost exactly how a 3D printing pen works. The inner surface of pencil it is heated until it exceeds the melting point of the plastic filament and then an electronic propeller propels it out of the opening before the plastic solidifies again.
Once you learn to use it effectively, your imagination becomes the limit. You can create anything with the molten material by configuring it according to your needs and you can follow different approaches to do it.
Choosing the right pen
To write a crucial exam, spend a lot of time and a reasonable amount of money to find the right pen so that it works properly during the exam without causing any problems. So, before you enter the scene of 3D drawing and design, you need to choose a good pen that will not let you down. Check these features first:
- emanation time
- cooling time
- obstruction system
- RAngel of temperatures in which it operates
How to set the pen?
To start this super interesting experience, you need to start by setting up the pen.
- Insert the plastic filament into the pen. Make sure the plastic is of good quality and free of impurities. Also, make sure that it is smooth so that its flow does not get clogged during work due to friction.
- Once this is done, turn it on to warm it up.
- You have to choose the correct temperature so that the plastic melts to the correct consistency
- Once this is done you have to press the button to dose the plastic. You have to adjust the speed so that it releases the point at the right speed.
Create and assemble objects
- So to design a 3D object, you start by creating the various two-dimensional faces of the object. Choose a clean, smooth and even surface. Once you’ve chosen your base surface, lay a surface on top of it which can be anything like wax paper or a solid rubber sheet; you just need to make sure the design doesn’t stick. to the surface.
- Create a focal point by extruding a small amount of product onto the surface, this would be the exact spot to drag and draw your sketch shape.
- Now that you’ve created the focal point, slowly drag your pencil across the surface while keeping it close to it. The hotter the plastic, the greater the chance that it will stick to the surface.
- Continue this process until it acquires the required shape and let it establish for a short time. Once the plastic has settled into the required shape, you can slowly peel it off the paper, but be careful when doing so. To smooth the edges, you can slightly heat the rough edges to reset the plastic and give the product a better finish.
- Set the temperature just above the melting point of your filament (320°F/160°C for PLA, 225°F/106°C for ABS). This will partially re-melt the plastic and soften the edges.
Assemble 2D into 3D
- Once you are done creating the 2D elements, you can start assembling them to get the required result.
- You are supposed to assemble the parts lengthwise or widthwise and then create a connection between them by adding a new strip of plastic or just melting the edges a bit so they stick together. It is suggested that you follow the former over the latter because it ensures better strength and longevity to the 3D structure. Once you’re done assembling them, give them some outside support for a while so they sit perfectly in place.
Now, there you go! You are ready with your creation. Although it may sound, it is a bit tiring at first and requires regular practice to master. Eventually, as you become more familiar with the technique of using this pencil, you can create 3D sketches in the air directly without creating 2D subparts.
You can even use this pen to improvise on existing objects and modify them according to your will.
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