3Doodler, My experience
Well it arrived, like a wonderful late christmas present.
My first Kickstarter investment, the awe inspiring 3Doodler.
The 3Doodler is a 3D printer liberated from the precise mechanical bounds of X,Y,Z. It is a pen that extrudes plastic into shapes limited only by your imagination, skill and a steady hand… and probably the laws of physics…
Its closest cousin outside the high tech world of 3D printing is the humble hot glue gun. Using the 3Doodler is reminiscent of squeezing that solid glue through a hot nozzle.
In the case of the 3Doodler it is a much more controlled and precise device. It has a built in fan and feed motor, two buttons on the side control the feed of a 3mm filament of plastic. A little blue and red light on the side let you know when its ready to use and a slide switch lets you simply configure the pen for PLA or ABS plastic.
3Doodler Out of the Box
Out of the box I got the 3Doodler pen, a power adapter, a few packets of ABS plastic and an instruction manual. I had already received very welcoming emails encouraging me to to watch instructional videos which were very short and very informative allowing me to get started in minutes.
After a few little doodles including a little heart and a flower declaring my love to my wonderful wife Sarah. I wonder …“what shall I make”.
My First 3Doodler Model
As I grew up on a farm the answer was immediately obvious, I checked the packs for suitable green and yellow filaments with which to craft my first masterpiece and set to.
It came together with relative ease, I wasn’t going to win any prizes for precision but that wasn’t the aim with my first foray. I was pleasantly surprised and proud of the level of detail I could produce with the 3Doodler. You cant see it in this picture but I included a full rear pick up hitch linkage on the back of my little John Deere tractor. I even finished the little fella off with a sat nav dome on the roof!
Already hooked by the new device I pondered what was next on my build list… It came to me one evening whilst Sarah was away with work and I was catching up on some old films recorded over Christmas.
Johnny 5 is Alive
Short Circuit of course! I made it ten minutes into the film before rushing around, grabbing my 3Doodler, a dinner tray and a square lined note pad so I could doodle away whilst the film played. It took most of the evening but I was happy with the result.
Johnny 5 is alive! And he used a lot of my ABS plastic!
Running out of ABS filament
Material supply was evidently going to be an issue, I didn’t want to wait for weeks for more filament from Wobble Works so I turned to the internet which always seems to have an answer for everything.
The 3Doodler used 3mm ABS or PLA filament. Official advice is that standard filament spools used in 3D printing will work but needs to be cut into lengths that the pen can handle (something to do with the power of the motors). I quickly found relatively cheap and readily available 10m sample spools of ABS on Amazon and ordered some up to try it out.
Once the spools had arrived I tried them out and all seems ok so away I go. The quality isn’t as good as the branded filament, it seems the feed is not as consistent but the difference is minor and it works fine for my needs. Now liberated from the worry of running out of ABS.
What to build next!?
I turn to the 3Doodler website for inspiration and find a wonderful Tri-Plane
FANTASTIC! lets build a plane. I once made a balsa wood plane as a child and wondered if I could find some model plans online?
Yes, there are plenty of plans available online but this build will have to wait until my next post. So please follow if you would like to see the results in my next post
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