What do the various LED lights mean for the 3Doodler Start?

The LED turns SOLID RED when the pen is warming up.
The LED turns SOLID GREEN when the pen has heated up and is ready to use.
The LED SLOWLY FLASHES GREEN when the pen is feeding.
The LED QUICKLY FLASHES GREEN when the pen is reversing.
The LED SLOWLY FLASHES ORANGE when the pen has a low battery.
The LED QUICKLY FLASHES ORANGE when the pen is charging.
The LED turns SOLID ORANGE when the pen is fully charged.

If your pen’s LED is FLASHING RED please contact our friendly customer support team by emailing us here: [email protected]

Can I hook a spool of plastic up to the 3Doodler?

3Doodler plastics are cut to a specific length and straight cut. We are not able to verify the quality or source of third party materials, and the 3Doodler Warranty is limited to 3Doodler-approved plastics. Likewise, the curvature in the spools will cause irreparable damage to 3Doodlers since the feeding mechanisms are designed for straight cut filaments.

To see which 3Doodler filaments are compatible with the 3Doodler pen you have, please check our comprehensive compatibility chart here: www.the3doodler.com/compatibility

How does one charge the 3Doodler?

The 3Doodler Create and PRO need to be plugged in in order to function. The PRO comes with a JetPack that, once fully charged, will allow the pen to be used wirelessly. The JetPack plugs into a wall socket and charges in about 3 hours. The JetPack is also available as a separately sold accessory for the 3Doodler Create.

The 3Doodler Start can be charged, however, as it has an internal battery. For more information about that, please see the 3Doodler Start FAQ section.

How do I adjust the temperature on the PRO?

On the end of the pen are two dials with a (+) and a (-) at either end. The innermost ring adjusts the temperature setting. By rocking the ring in the direction of the (+) or (-) you will increase or decrease the temperature by increments of 5 degrees. When changing the temperature setting, the new target temperature will temporarily be reflected on the LCD screen. It will then display whatever setting you are currently operating on as it moves towards the target temperature. The LED will turn blue when the target temperature is reached.

How do I clear hardened plastic from inside the nozzle of my 3Doodler?

Try carefully feeding the threaded part of the nozzle onto the 3Doodler Create when it is turned on and heated up. Please use the included mini wrench in order to avoid burns. Even if the tip can’t be threaded on fully, the heat from the pen itself will soften the clogged filament inside of the nozzle. After a minute or so, the filament should be softened enough to screw the nozzle fully onto the pen. If you still need assistance, please contact our customer service team at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Can I Doodle on my other toys, like LEGO or PlayMobil?

Yes, absolutely, we encourage it. Doodling with your 3Doodler Start directly onto your other plastic toys, such as LEGO or PlayMobil, will not damage the other toys. Your Doodle will adhere nicely to the toys, but is still removable by hand without damaging your toy.

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic will stick more firmly to some clear plastic materials, such as polycarbonate & PET, but is ultimately still removable with some effort. Note that it may leave marks behind.

How does one charge the 3Doodler Start?

The 3Doodler Start is sold with a micro USB charging cable, so you can plug it into any powered device with a USB port to recharge. It takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours for a full recharge.

Once you see the LED light on your 3Doodler Start pen turn to flashing orange, you should plug it in to charge right away.

Please do not use the 3Doodler Start while it is charging.

Will the pen 3Doodler Start clog up? What is the unclogging procedure?

Please note that the 3Doodler Start may become clogged if you reinsert a used strand with a chewed up end, or try to put extruded plastic back into the pen.

1) Begin by charging your 3Doodler Start, to ensure the motor is able to run at full power. This will take 45 minutes to 2 hours. Do not use the 3Doodler Start while charging.
2) Now that your pen is fully charged, try reversing the plastic by double clicking on the main button.
3) Please try reversing the pen while gently knocking the pen (with the Feed Port facing down) on a surface to dislodge the plastic strand.
4) If that does not work, try running the pen forward, while using a second strand of 3Doodler Start plastic to firmly push the plastic inside forwards. If there is a small jam, this should force the plastic through the pen and clear it out.
5) Finally, if the above hasn’t worked, please cut off the tip of a new piece of plastic at a 45 degree angle. Insert that plastic into the pen, and run it through.

If none of these steps help, please contact our friendly customer service team by emailing us here: [email protected]

How is the 3Doodler PRO different than the 3Doodler Create?

The 3Doodler PRO allows you adjust everything: speed, fan strength, and temperature. These variables mean that the PRO can handle materials that the Create cannot, including Wood, Nylon, Copper, Bronze, and Polycarbonate. The PRO features a carbon fibre body with a silicone comfort grip. The pen features an LCD screen to show you exactly what settings you are operating on, and the display can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

How do I get plastic to stick to paper?

If you are having trouble, you may need to press the pen more firmly into the paper. Think of the 3Doodler like a pen. In order for the “ink” to hit the paper, the tip of the pen must touch the paper. We recommend creating an “anchor” with the filament by pressing down into the paper until you can see a little blob, making sure the plastic is anchored to the paper. Then you can freely lift off the page or move around.

How do I adjust the extrusion speed on the 3Doodler PRO?

On the end of the pen are two dials with a (+) and a (-) at either end. The outermost dial adjusts the extrusion speed. By rocking the rings in the direction of either the (+) or (-) you will increase or decrease the speed. The new speed will be displayed on the LCD screen. Adjustments towards the (+) will take the pen to a maximum speed of 8. Adjustments towards the (-) will take the pen to a minimum speed of 1. The slower the material extrudes, the faster it will harden. If you change the speed setting, the new speed will show on the LCD for a few seconds as the pen adjusts.

Each material for the 3Doodler PRO has an optimum extrusion speed and temperature, but you can adjust them to get the exact flow that you’re looking for.

How can the 3Doodler PRO be used for repairs?

The 3Doodler can be used as a plastic welding tool. If you have something made of ABS plastic (the most common form of plastic) you can repair it with the 3Doodler. For example, two broken parts can be welded back together by “drawing” a plastic weld where the parts are broken. In addition to household repairs, this is quite handy for makers who are using traditional 3D printers. With the 3Doodler PRO, the wood filament can be used to repair holes in wood, and it can be sanded and stained!

If you are having trouble bonding one like plastic to another, simply press the hot nozzle against the part you are trying to attach to for a few seconds longer. This helps it melt a little so that it can bond with the new material.

How do I switch between filaments properly with the PRO?

There are two buttons on the 3Doodler PRO. The circular button is for extrusion, and the triangular button is for reversing. A single click of either button will initiate its respective function. Another click of either button will stop extrusion or reversal.

If the material is long enough you can reverse it out by pressing the reverse button once, then pulling the strand out once fully reversed. If the material is not long enough to do this, you can remove the nozzle (always with the pen on and heated) and insert the thin unblocking tool through the nozzle end of the device. This will push the filament out through the rear.

When clearing the pen, keep the pen at the temperature of the last material used, allowing all of the previous filament to extrude fro the nozzle, before switching to the new temperature.

How do I remove the nozzle on the 3Doodler PRO?

To remove the nozzle of the 3Doodler PRO you must have the pen turned on and heated to at least 180 degrees Celsius. Using the nozzle set holder (which has a nozzle removal tool built into it), unscrew the nozzle in a counterclockwise direction.

When replacing the nozzle, make sure the pen is at least 180 degrees Celsius and screw it back on with the nozzle set holder in a clockwise direction. Do not over-tighten the nozzle when replacing it. Stop tightening as soon as you feel resistance so as to avoid over-tightening and breaking off the threaded pen tip.

For the 3Doodler PRO, what settings are best for the various filaments?

PLA – Temp: 195C – 220C (383F – 428F) / Speed: 3-5
METAL – Temp: 180C – 200C (356F – 392F) / Speed: 3-6
WOOD – Temp: 170C – 200C (338F – 392F) / Speed: 3-6
ABS – Temp: 200C – 240C (392F – 464F) / Speed: 3-6
FLEXY – Temp: 200C – 230C (392F – 446F) / Speed: 2-5
NYLON – Temp: 200C – 225C (392F – 437F) / Speed: 3-6
POLYCARBONATE – Temp: 240C (464F) / Speed: 5-8

What age group is the 3Doodler PRO recommended for?

The PRO is safe for ages 14+, but we strongly recommend the 3Doodler PRO only for more advanced users. What do we mean that? In short, users who have used and are comfortable with the 3Doodler Create, technical users who have experience with 3D printing and other mechanical devices, or users with a professional or vocational background that requires a more advanced 3D printing pen. The PRO is not a toy, and you, or the person you are buying for, may be better suited to and have a better experience with the 3Doodler Create.

How do I start drawing in the air?

Start by “anchoring” your Doodle to a surface. Any sheet of paper works! Feed the filament, and press the nozzle down onto the paper until you see a little blob of plastic come out, and ensure the plastic is sticking to the paper. You can now freely lift off the page! Once you have reached the height you want, stop feeding the filament, and hold the plastic in place for a few seconds to allow it to harden (10-15 seconds with the 3Doodler Start, and about 3 seconds with the 3Doodler Create or PRO). Start slow, don’t Doodle too high, and gradually work your way to the stars!

Can I use the 3Doodler Start to 3Doodle on fabrics, glass or wood?

Yes! The Eco-Plastic adheres to many surfaces, including fabrics, glass, wood or metal. It will not adhere permanently and can still be removed by hand. This pen can also be used for temporarily decorating clothing. It’s best to Doodle on rough fabrics such as denim. Please don’t 3Doodle on fragile as they may become damaged. Because the 3Doodler Start’s low temperature, Doodling directly on laminated coffee tables, flooring, and countertops will not damage the surface. The Eco-Plastic will firmly to some plastics like polycarbonate and PET, but is still removable with effort (it may leave marks). Doodling on textured surfaces enables you to create different effects on your Doodles. For example, Doodling on glass gives a very shiny surface. Experiment and have fun!

Can I 3Doodle on skin?

Please don’t try to draw on skin with the 3Doodler Create or the 3Doodler PRO! You’ll burn yourself!

The 3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic is completely safe for skin contact, making it the perfect tool for creating wearable creations such as jewelry, masks, glasses, and even earrings! The 3Doodler Start nozzle may be uncomfortable for some, so we don’t recommend pressing the nozzle directly on skin. Please take care not to get the warm Eco-Plastic in your hair as it will be very hard to remove.

My dog chewed on the power cord! How do I get it replaced?

You should be able to get one at your local electronics store.

For the 3Doodler Create (and the 2.0) take the pen you have with you and ask for a 5V, 1.2A replacement with the same DC connector.

For the 3Doodler PRO, take the pen you have with you and ask for a 5V, 2A replacement with the same DC connector.

The 3Doodler Start works with a micro USB cable, so you can find one at your local electronics store, or you may already have one at your house!

How can the 3Doodler Create be used for repairs?

The 3Doodler can be used as a plastic welding tool. If you have something made of ABS plastic (the most common form of plastic) you can repair it with the 3Doodler. For example, two broken parts can be welded back together by “drawing” a plastic weld where the parts are broken. In addition to household repairs, we expect this to be especially handy for makers who are using traditional 3D printers. So far, we’ve seen it used to repair vacuum cleaners, eyeglass frames and 3D prints. Let us know what you’ve been able to fix!

Is the 3Doodler Start safe for children?

Completely. The 3Doodler Start Pen and Eco-Plastics are specially designed to be completely safe for kids ages 6 years and above. There are no hot parts on the pen and our Eco-Plastic is made from food-safe materials, is non-toxic, BPA-free, and completely biodegradable in your household compost. It typically takes about 45 days for the plastic to break down, depending on various environmental factors.