Hot off the heels of Part 1 last week, here is the second in the PowerDoodler tips and tricks series! Thanks for all your feedback. Some of your knowhow has made it into this piece.

1. "Tie Dye"/colour gradients

plastic gradient
Simply cut up two different coloured plastic strands into 1 cm pieces and then alternate the pieces as you load them into the 3Doodler. Start Doodling and watch in retro-awe as the colours switch back and forth, blending into one another. Go nuts and try it with more than 2 colours, we dare you! Credit for this one goes to our awesome intern, Erin.

Practice Doodle: double rainbows!

2. Press both buttons to reverse your plastic

reverse your plastic
This is more of a feature than a tip, but something that people sometimes overlook. To use plastic more efficiently when changing colour, you simply have to reverse it. Press down on both extrusion buttons, and watch the remaining plastic reverse while the LED indicator light on the 3Doodler flashes. Note: If the plastic strand is too short you can’t fully remove the strand from the back of the pen. If that happens just unscrew the nozzle and remove the strand that way. Tada! No plastic wastage.

Reminder: Unscrew the nozzle when the 3Doodler is hot and the LED light is blue or green, never when the pen is cool.

3. Smooth as a baby’s bottom

smooth doodled texture
I’m sure you’ve heard this multiple times already, but we LOVE Doodling on taped surfaces. The main reason is that the paper doesn’t stick to your Doodles when you peel it off, especially with PLA. Secondly, when you’re doodling, the extruded plastic will grip to the tape without actually melting into it, which in turn will help you Doodle more precisely. And last but not least, on the downward facing side of your Doodle you’ll get a super smooth flat surface. Pro Tip: try doodling on glass, and you’ll notice not only is one side flat and smooth, it will also be very glossy and shiny.

Practice Doodle: any of our great stencils + tape on top of the paper

4. These doors don’t creak

Doodled Doors
Your doodles don’t need to be one solid immovable piece. Try creating joint sockets for your action figures, or hinges for your bird house. Hinges can be created very easily, for example by creating a door with a few "C" shaped Doodles along one edge (just like a lego figurine’s hand). You can then clip those same “C” shapes onto a plastic strand, which will act as the perfect hinge.

Practice Doodle: Doors on your doll house, car, or bird house...

5. Use a tissue for this issue

When I first started Doodling, it was extremely difficult to doodle a sphere or any roundish shape. To overcome this get some regular tissue paper, crumple it into the shape you want (it doesn’t need to be a sphere), and then doodle around the crumpled tissue by winding your pen around it like a web. Not only do you get your desired shape but it’s a great way to efficiently use plastic. To remove the tissue, just put it in water so that the tissue shrinks so that you can remove it.

Practice Doodle: Try making a piggie bank!

6. 3D is all about triangles!

The more complex our Doodles get, the more structure becomes important. Start out by creating a base or skeleton, keeping in mind that shapes like triangles are not only the basis of 3D creation, but also a super strong supporting shape. Enough with the words, I’m going to let PowerDoodler Daichi walk you through this one.

Practice Doodle: Build your own house!


Please keep your amazing tips and tricks coming, as we love hearing how you’re using the 3Doodler and pushing the boundaries of what can be created!

Credit for the blog header goes to Artist Rachel Goldsmith