How to create 3D models with 3D printing pens

Have you ever created 3D models with 3D printing pens?

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Sometimes it is hard to visualize the projects you want to make.

Some architects and designers find useful to sketch their ideas by hand before sitting in front of a computer for hours to define every single detail.

But not all of your clients are visual people who can easily see how the final outcome of your 2D drawings will look like.

You can now overcome this issue by sketching your ideas as 3D models with 3D printing pens.

A 3D printing pen is pretty much like a normal pen, but instead of ink, it uses a melted plastic filament. hence it draws physical objects in thin air, making it a sort of handheld version of a 3D printer.

In this way you can create a physical 3D model that you can easily discuss with your client.

The architect Anneke Vervoort gives us a great example on how to create 3D models with 3D printing pens.

She modelled the Sagrada familia with a 3d printing pen in 33 hours!

Anneke is a real artist. Her amazing work shows the perfect imperfection of the drawing hand. In this short video you can appreciate her ability.

As you can see, the 3D printing pen extrudes heated plastic from its nozzle. You don’t need any software or files to transfer. You do need some practice, but it’s not a difficult tech to master. You can basically draw whatever you imagine on almost any surface.

A lot of 3D printing pens have a childish look, as they were initially thought for kids, and they are very affordable. You can buy one for less than £50.

The basic ones are a very cost-effective way to start if you want to try this tech. For instance I used one for kids to practice, it worked perfectly fine and I was amazed by it!

However if you want something for professional work, you can choose more expensive and professonal-looking ones.

Are you interested in 3D printed models?

Want to give this technology a try and do your own 3D models with a 3D printing pen?

Have a look at these top 3D pens and filaments:

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