Monday, July 3, 2017

4th of July Project Idea

We at FreeDraw3D are celebrating 4th of July! We decided to make some cool cufflinks to celebrate. Check it out!


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Beware: 5 Disadvantages of Using Cheap 3D Printing Pens

3D printers have become increasingly popular in different areas of life such as fashion, construction, dentistry and medicine. This is really not surprising given how low-cost 3D printing is. Because of how useful this technology is, 3D printing has been hailed as the joy of the next generation. Without a doubt, 3D printing has helped individual users save tons of money while reducing the cost of materials and work in the process.

Recently, 3D printing pens have been introduced and appear to becoming quite a popular trend too. Nevertheless, while the value of 3D pens cannot be overemphasized, there seems to be a lot substandard 3D pens in the market today. These substandard 3D pens although cheap, have several disadvantages that comes with them. Hence, in this article, we will help you review these cheap 3D pens, detailing their disadvantages so users can make an informed decision just in case they decide to invest in this technology. 

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5 Problems with Cheap 3D Pens

  1. Too Heavy/Bulky Design: The best quality 3D printing pens are designed to feel light. This is in an attempt to make handling the pen when printing easier. Cheap 3D printing pens, on the other hand, are much heavier than the quality ones. This heavy nature makes precision when printing difficult and may lead to shaky hands while drawing. If your pen is heavy, isn't hand contoured, or just isn't comfortable, you're not going to enjoy crafting with it.
  2. Poor Temperature Control: An ideal quality 3D printing pen allows an efficient control of the temperature at which the plastic in the pen melts. This is, however, not so with cheap 3D printing pens. The cheap 3D pens usually have a poor temperature control system that can exceed the maximum working temperature of 210℃, and this can be quite unbearable to handle. 
  3. No Extrusion Speed Control: Quality 3D printing pens provide individual users a means to control and adjust the extrusion speed of the plastic, as different users or designs may require the use of different speed. However, cheap 3D printing pens have a set speed which may be too fast or too slow for some individuals. 
  4. Poor Quality: Cheap 3D printing pens are usually of poor quality and do not last long. At best, they may be used to create a few small models before they break down. They either start malfunctioning, which can be a source of frustration. Also, the motor in cheap 3D printing pen can stop working at any time with no explainable reason to that effect. 
  5. Confusion When Buying Filaments: The most common, flexible and readily available filaments are the Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene (ABS) filaments, and most cheap 3D printing pens do not support either of them. This causes confusion as to the type of filaments to purchase. 

In a nutshell:

If you do not buy the right 3D pencil model, you can end up with heavy, non-versatile pen and pencils that can negatively impact your design. So, before choosing the right 3D model pencil, it's important to check as many potential issues as possible and choose the one that lacks all the above-mentioned problems.

Gel Based Pens

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Many of our readers seem to be confused about gel based 3D pens. These are not the same as a plastic filament extruding pen. Gel pens require you to grip the pen hard to expel the gel. The gel isn't standardized, and is expensive. You can't draw in 3d, you must layer on the gel. 

Don't be confused or drawn in by the low price.

A Solution

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Monday, June 12, 2017

3D Pens & Child Brain Development

child brain 3d pen

Creativity has long been known to help children grow. Their young brains are constantly making connections and trying to make sense of their surroundings. Since the study of brain development is a relatively new science due to only recently having the technology to image the brain, new information is constantly coming out on how children develop and grow. After the age of three, the explosion of brain growth and new connections starts to slow down, and those new connections become harder to make. Though after that window of hyper-growth closes learning and developing competencies gets more difficult for a child, it’s never impossible.

Scientists have learned recently that when we encourage children to be creative and use their imagination, we help them continue to explore and develop an understanding of the world around them through making these connections. This is because when you continue to exercise certain parts of the brain, they become less prone to the eventual “slowing down” of the brain development. Encouraging creativity and imagination in young children keeps their brain in elasticity mode, making it easier for them to retain information, learn, and grasp new concepts and ideas later in life.

When it comes to 3D technology, the first thought we all have is how it will impact manufacturing, and how it will be used in hobbies. 3D printing has opened up whole new abilities to bring our ideas to life in a physical form. 3D pens have made this process more simple by allowing us to create exactly what is in our minds with just the flow of our own hand. But the use of 3D pens to help children exercise their imagination and creativity is largely unexplored.

3D printing is easy to use, and safe for children to use. It’s also a fantastic tool in bringing a child’s imagination to life. They’ll have fun creating the objects and worlds that they see in their heads, and be likely to continue to use it. By creating these props with which children can tell a story, parents and teachers alike can gain a better understanding of their child and better engage with them. There are also great uses for 3D pens in those with disabilities such as those who have trouble with speaking or communicating. 3D pens open up a new line of communication and understanding by providing a window to what someone is thinking, seeing, or imagining.

When many parents think “technology”, they tend to shudder. The harmful impact of too much technology on our children is well-known and has been advised against by pediatricians for years. Children who spend too much time watching TV, on the computer, and on tablets and phones are more likely to be overweight and be negatively impacted by negative behaviors they see on the TV. While media can be a great source for learning and helping children to develop their imaginations, it’s not by any means an ideal solution. 3D pens encourage the same developmental benefits without the negative risks that come with excessive media consumption.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

3D Pen Ink (Filament): Know How to Make the Right Choice

3d pen ink
3D pen filament (ink)



Introduction to 3D Pens

A 3D pen is essentially a miniature 3D printer that fits in your hand. It opens up a whole new world of 3D printing possibilities that the 3D printer couldn’t do due to size constraints. Instead of being controlled by pre-programmed movements, the 3D pen is controlled by our hands enabling the user to print exactly what is on his mind with just a brush of his hand.

This revolutionary invention in the printing world works by electronically heating a plastic filament which then gets pushed from inside the pen out of the nozzle at the tip. What comes out is a viscous liquid plastic that is able to be molded into whichever shape the user desires. The plastic hardens quickly, so users must work fast. It’s fantastic for creating scale models. The higher pens are easily customizable as well (such as the FreeDraw3D). They allow you to adjust the speed of the filament that comes out of the extruder nozzle, making it faster or slower depending on how intricate your work is and how skilled you are with the pen.

The material is technically reusable due to its thermoplastic qualities, meaning you can reheat it and re-mold it as much as you want without compromising the integrity of your material. That being said, don't try to re-feed filament more than once, as once it loses it's regular shape, it could jam the pen's motor and cause it to become clogged.

Two Types of Ink (Filament) - ABS and PLA

There are two main types of plastic filaments that 3D pens use. There’s PLA, poly lactic acid, and ABS, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. You should check with your pen’s manufacturer to be sure which filament your pen uses. Some pens can accommodate both types of filament, but many are compatible with just one.

ABS

ABS is oil-based. While the material is quite strong, making it a popular choice for manufacturers from car companies to Lego toys, it comes with its downfalls. The material is prone to warp if not cooled properly. In order to minimize the risk of warping, ABS must be printed onto a surface that retains heat. Its oil base also makes the fumes from heating ABS very unpleasant, and it’s not recommended to breathe in the presence of it without proper ventilation. While ABS is a great material for manufacturing, PLA might be a better choice for those who 3D print at home.

PLA - Recommended

Because PLA is comprised of only organic ingredients, it’s safer to use and is actually easier to use. We love PLA primarily because it's biodegradable, meaning you can have fun without hurting the environment. It produces a much better-looking product due to being able to produce a smoother surface. The fumes from PLA aren’t toxic, and actually smell quite good due to part of it being made up of sugarcane (or other organic materials depending on production area). PLA might seem like the obvious choice, but it comes with its own downfalls. It has a lower melting point than ABS, meaning that it must be stored in cool places (just avoid places like a hot car), otherwise the part is likely to warp. It’s also weaker. However, it is easier to work with and allows the user to obtain a higher level of detail in their product.

Other Proprietary Refills (Watch Out)

Some 3D pens, such as the 3D Doodler Start make use of proprietary refills that are significantly more expensive than the standard ABS or PLA refills.

There are other "3D Pens" that actually extrude a liquid substance. While safer for children, we don't recommend those for several reasons, one being that you need to purchase expensive refills. The "gel" pens really are not great for children though, as it requires significant hand strength the extrude the material.

This may change in the future as the technology develops, but if you don't buy a FreeDraw3D, make sure you know what you're buying as not all 3D pens are equal.

Buying Filament Refills

If your 3D pen uses either ABS or PLA at the standard 1.75mm size, you will be able to find refills anywhere 3D printing supplies are sold, typically at a very reasonable price. In the USA, you can check out computer stores such as Micro Center or Fry's Electronics. They will have 1KG spools for about $15, and it ends up being a lot cheaper than the little refill packs the 3D pen companies sell.
3d pen ink spools
Filament spools for a 3D pen

Conclusion

When choosing the proper filament material for your 3D pen, it really boils down to two factors: is your pen compatible with ABS or PLA? And does your part require greater strength, or are aesthetics and detail more of a priority? Make your choice carefully in order to get the best value and user satisfaction out of your 3D pen.

FreeDraw3D

If you're interested in getting into 3D pens, or want a better 3D pen, make sure to check out the FreeDraw3D Pen. It supports both PLA and ABS in standard 1.75mm size and has a wealth of other features at a very reasonable price.

Questions/Comments

We plan to do more blog posts in the future, so if you liked this article or have recommendations for a future article make sure to leave a comment.

If you have any questions about 3D pen ink or filament choice, make sure to send us an email at support@freedraw3d.com and we can try to help you out.

Butterfly created with FreeDraw3D Pen
Butterfly created with FreeDraw3D Pen

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Making Christmas Ornaments with FreeDraw3D

Hi 3D Pen Fans!

We've got a ton of cool videos and ideas in the pipeline to show everyone what they can create with a FreeDraw3D Pen. Today we've got a great one for kids, home-made Christmas ornaments. If you don't celebrate Christmas, you can make gifts for any occasion :).

If anyone has any cool ideas they want us to make into a video, comment on our Facebook page and we can try to make it happen.

-The FreeDraw3D Pen Team

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FreeDraw3D Pen Video User Guide Released

Hi fans,

We know you are eagerly awaiting our store launch next month. In preparation, we wanted to create a guide to show you, our future users, how to use your FreeDraw3D Pen as well as show you what exactly comes in the box.

Enjoy!

-The FreeDraw3D Pen Team



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