How does the pen work with PLA and ABS plastic considering they melt at different temperatures?

PLA melts at a lower temperature than ABS, so we have designed the pen to have two temperature settings, to accommodate material in use at the time of 3Doodling. Please be sure to use the correct setting with the plastic you are using! If you have any questions about it, please feel free to email our friendly customer service team at [email protected]

What are the recommended temperature and speed settings for the 3Doodler Create filaments?

Please note the following recommended settings for ABS, PLA, and FLEXY.

ABS works best on the “HI” setting, in either FAST or SLOW mode.

PLA works best on the “LO” setting, and we recommend using it in FAST or SLOW mode. If you experience difficulties with it in FAST mode, please try using it in SLOW mode.

FLEXY works best on the “HI” setting, and we recommend using it in SLOW mode.

Can I reuse or recycle 3Doodler plastic?

Please do not reinsert extruded filament back into any pen. However, we have seen users make magnificent artwork from plastic scraps! The filaments listed below are able to be recycled or composted.

3Doodler Create: ABS and PLA are recyclable (number 7 recyclables). PLA filament is compostable in industrial composters.

3Doodler PRO: Nylon, Polycarbonate, and Metal filaments are recyclable (number 7 recyclables). Wood filament is compostable in industrial composters.

3Doodler Start: All 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic are eco friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic. They can be composted in your back yard!

Does 3Doodler plastic emit harmful fumes?

3Doodler plastics have been tested for heavy metals, and have undergone full toxicological risk assessments, passing each and every test. Some users notice a slight “plasticy” smell when using ABS. Many users prefer the smell of PLA, which, being corn based, can smell like popcorn. No matter what material you’re using, and whether you’re using a 3Doodler or a traditional 3D printer, we recommend working in a ventilated area.

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastics are 100% eco-friendly and non-toxic, and so there are absolutely no fumes.

To ensure you are using the right plastics for your 3Doodler, please feel free to check out our compatibility chart here: www.the3doodler.com/compatibility

Is the plastic hot when it comes out of the pen?

For the Create and the PRO, our filaments vary in temperature, so we do not recommend touching the plastic within 5 seconds of it coming out of the pen. Please do not touch the pen tip when it is hot, as it can cause burns.

For the 3Doodler Start, the plastic is warm when extruded and is safe to touch, and the pen tip doesn’t get hot. There is no risk of burns with the 3Doodler Start.

Can I insert two strands of 1.75mm plastic side by side into the 3Doodler?

No. The 3Doodler only works with 3mm plastic. Plastics cannot (and should not) be combined. As we have mentioned elsewhere, 3Doodler should only be used with 3Doodler strands (which are specifically sized and configured for optimal use with the 3Doodler). Use of other materials not approved by us may result in damage to your pen or injury to you, and will void your warranty.

How quickly will my child use up the plastic?

One plastic strand stretches to a maximum of ten times its original length once extruded by the pen; that means for every 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic Strand (6 inches / 15 cm), you get 40-60 inches / 100-150cm of Doodling, allowing for hours of play in each pack! The exact length will depend on how fast you draw and how thick or thin the line of extruded plastic is.
You can refer to our our Gallery here to see details of how many Eco-Plastic strands were used to complete various Doodles and Projects.

Can I paint over doodles with acrylic or some other media?

Yes you can! And you can do so almost immediately as the plastic cools and hardens very quickly after leaving the pen. As long as the paint you are using can adhere to plastic, it can help enhance your Doodles. Whichever paint you use, we recommend testing it on a small Doodle first to ensure that you get the desired result.

If you are under the age of 14, please check with an adult first before using any paint product.

The gallery shows many colors of plastic! Can I use these plastic colors with my 3Doodler Start?

Please note that the 3Doodler Start is only compatible with the 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic filaments. The 3Doodler Start isn’t compatible with any of the plastics designed for the Create or the PRO.

To view our comprehensive compatibility chart, please check the following link: www.the3doodler.com/compatibility

How strong is the plastic once 3Doodled?

The flexibility and strength of your creation is really up to you. To make stronger Doodles that are able to act as supporting structures, or withstand active play, make pieces thicker by going back and forth over the same area, or Doodle very slowly to make a thick strand that will be less flexible.

If you move the pen faster and Doodle thinner strands of plastic, you will make flexible pieces. While still not easy to break, they won’t be able to support the weight of other objects.

What happens if my finished 3Doodler Start Doodles are exposed to heat? Will the plastic change shape?

The chemical properties will not change when re-exposed to heat, so the plastic will remain completely safe and non-toxic.

If you dip your finished Doodle in hot water or place it next to a heat source (with adult supervision), the plastic will soften and your Doodle may lose its original shape, but you can then use this method to change the shape your Doodle, if you wish.

Which plastics can I use with the 3Doodler PRO?

The 3Doodler PRO can use ABS and PLA as well as Wood, FLEXY, Metal, Nylon, and Polycarbonate Strands. Each material has an optimum extrusion speed and temperature setting, as well as unique properties that offer unlimited possibilities. The 3Doodler Start plastic is not compatible with the 3Doodler PRO.