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Rolled paper as ring template

A quick and easy method for creating rings or bracelets to size (or any other circular shape) is to roll a piece of paper to the size you want and tape it in place. Then by securing a sturdy anchor point to part of the rolled paper you can slowly wrap your hand and the [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|Hot Tips|

Doodling a sphere 2

Make at least two flat circles of the same size, peel them up and hold them on top of each other. Rotate one of them 90 degrees, so that it is centered inside the other circle. Add some plastic to the cross sections to connect them and you have the start of a fully 3Doodled sphere.  Add more [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|Hot Tips|

Tool kit: Wire brush

A small wire brush is a great tool to quickly clean off any bits of plastic that have stuck to the tip of the 3Doodler.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Letting plastic build up in one place

Holding the pen in place while extruding on a surface will create a small ball that will then begin to filed with the new plastic creating a rather smooth outer surface.  If you do it just right you can achieve a very smooth spherical shape.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Slow and steady

When filling in stencils, slow and steady strokes will help to keep from leaving lots of gaps and will make sturdier pieces.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Speed cooling with a fan

A small fan blowing gently on your workspace is a great tool because it will harden even PLA in just a couple of seconds!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Making smooth curves

If you want to create some smooth curves, extrude enough so that you can hold it without burning yourself and holding the plastic in one hand extrude plastic, letting it droop into the shape you want. After hold it for a moment it will harden into a nice smooth curve.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Using the tip of the 3Doodler for editing

If you’ve made a mistake, you don’t have to start over. Just melt it off! The tip of the pen is very useful for editing.  You can smooth pieces over or remove them completely.  This method also works like a charm to clean up the wispy little strings that can happen when you pull the pen [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Pushing and pulling

Pushing or pulling the 3Doodler across your work surface makes a big difference. Like painting, you get different results in the texture. When pulling, the plastic flows out behind the pen leaving a smooth stroke, when you push, the tip of the pen carves into the stroke as it passes over the newly extruded plastic [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Adjusting the way you press the 3Doodler to a surface

The nuance that can be achieved though changing the way you press the pen to your work surface can result in countless different looks and textures.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Anchor points

Especially if you’re working on something that you want to stay in place, make sure that you create strong anchor points to your work surface. It can be frustrating if comes loose, but can be reattached with a bit more plastic.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Smoothing tool

The smoothing tool that comes with the Nozzle Set can also be used the other way around like a little spoon to pick pieces off.  Particularly useful if you’ve gotten some different colored plastic on a piece that shouldn’t have it.  Just scoop it off with the underside of the smoothing tool!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Tool kit: Basics

Some great items to have in your 3Doodler tool kit are: wire snips, paper, masking tape, magic marker, aluminum foil.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Advanced tool kit: Glass

A thick piece of smooth flat glass or mirror. Doodling on a glass surface is amazing! When you lift your pieces off, they are as smooth and shiny as the glass on the underside!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Advanced tool kit: Heat Gun

A heat gun can be used to get rid of those little strings you get when you pull the pen away from your work. One pass and they shrivel right up to nothing! It can also be used to gently remelt pieces of PLA to be reshaped long after they were first doodled.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Advanced tool kit: Wood burning tool

A wood burning tool with an adjustable dial can be tuned to just the right temperature to melt and smooth your doodles without burning them, also they typically come with a variety of tips that can be swapped out, making for a versatile companion to your 3Doodler.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Advanced tool kit: Soldering clips

Soldering clips are an amazing accessory for the 3Doodler. Often times you wish you had an extra hand when doodling, especially when dealing with multiple pieces.  With soldering clips you can hold pieces in place while one hand holds your 3Doodler and the other hand holds another piece. Super convenient!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Tool kit: Blu-tak

Blu-tak or sticky tack is known by many names. Removable adhesive putty is one of my personal favorites. It can be used in many ways to enhance your doodling experience. From holding pieces in place/together temporarily to being a great way to hold finished pieces in place to be displayed. One of my favorite uses [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

3Doodler + LEGO

LEGO bricks are made out of ABS just like our Doodle Strands. Using ABS, you can make custom bricks by adding to actual ones or they creating your own! Or by putting some foil over a minifigure’s head, you can create some custom removable head gear, whether its a pirate hat, space helmet, princess crown, [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Using paper as a frame

Cardboard or paper are just a couple of surfaces that you can fold and shape and then doodle on top of to create dynamic pieces with a 3d template to work on. Then you can either leave the cardboard or paper there to keep the piece extra sturdy or remove it so that all you’re [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Papercraft + 3Doodler!

With a little modification, any paper craft template can be used as a 3Doodler template, resulting in a sturdy plastic finished product as opposed to a delicate paper one!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Painting your doodles

Acrylic paint is an amazing addition to any 3Doodler project. If you don’t have the right color plastic you need, just use any color and then paint over it!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Acrylic paint for smoothing

In addition to using acrylic paint to change the colors of your doodles, it can be used by layering it up to smooth out some of the ridges of your doodles to create a more solid and singular surface.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Assembling flat pieces for height

Drawing in the air is awesome but sometimes not as crisp and clean as you’d like. By creating multiple pieces flat and then picking them up and joining them together, you can achieve much more complex and clean looking doodles.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Doodle-writing

Everyone has their own “doodle-writing” and it takes time to find yours. Practicing and trying different techniques will help you find what methods work best for your style and preference.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Make your own stencils!

Try creating your own stencils, either on the computer or just using a pen and paper. Having a clear plan or blueprint laid out can really help you bring your imagination to life just the way you intended.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Coloring book as a stencil

Even just the pages of a coloring book can be used like a stencil!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Stencils for practice

Stencils are a really great way of getting used to the speed that the plastic extrudes.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Adjusting the speed of your hand

Moving your hand at different speeds while extruding on a surface will result in varied lines. Moving faster will stretch the plastic as it comes out and forms a thinner line, but don’t move too fast or you’ll pull it apart and break your line.  Moving your hand more slowly will result in a thicker [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Rough sketch, then add details

Think about doodling like drawing. You sketch out the basic shapes and then once you have the entire form you add details to it. When 3Doodling, you can make your initial sketch as rough as you like, and once you have the entire form, you can slowly doodle over it and add whatever details you [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Locking pieces together

If you want to doodle ABS and PLA together but they’re not sticking, leave little holes in one piece and when you doodle with the other plastic let it fill in the holes, that way even though the pieces haven’t bonded by melting together, they won’t be coming apart because the plastic that went through [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Internal structures for strength

One of the great things about the 3Doodler when compared with regular 3D printing is that because you can hold the object in your hand and work on it from any direction, you don’t need supports or internal structures, but that doesn’t mean adding such things isn’t useful. By creating just a little bit of [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Doodle surfaces

The surface you doodle on will affect the look of the plastic when you pull it up from the surface. Experiment with different materials and see what kind of effects you can get.  Don't forget about the Doodle Pad!

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

PLA on the HI setting

Although ABS and FLEXY won’t extrude on the low setting, you can use PLA on the high setting. This is useful if you want to cover a larger surface area faster or if you want your lines to really melt to each other to create a solid piece. Don't expect to be drawing in the [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Reshaping and securing doodles

By doodling a small flat piece of plastic you can bend it and then add more plastic while holding it in that bent position to get it to keep the shape you bent it into.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Reshaping doodles

If you have a piece that you’ve doodled and you’d like to bend or reshape it a bit, let some hot plastic build up right in the spot you want to change, this will soften up the surrounding plastic and allow you to bend it.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

ABS or PLA covered in FLEXY

Use different types of Doodle Strands together to achieve dynamic results. An action figure needs a sturdy arm so you’ll want to use ABS or PLA, but if you want it to hold some accessory make the hand with FLEXY that way you can open the hand up enough to have it hold the item. [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Doodling a sphere

To doodle a ball using a spherical object as a template, cover it foil if necessary and only doodle over half of it, then remove that piece and doodle on half of it again, then take that piece off and join your two halves together.  This way you won’t trap your sphere inside. Once you [...]

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Adding different types of plastic together

When adding ABS to PLA be careful because the hotter temperature of the ABS will reheat and melt the PLA pieces you already had. When adding PLA to ABS on the other hand, the cooler temperature of the PLA and the low setting won’t affect the ABS piece you started with.

By |January 19th, 2016|Hot Tips|

Making separate pieces that fit together

Use aluminum foil to cover pieces you've already made and then doodle on top of it to create two pieces that are separate, but fit together.  This method can be used to create anything from a car door that fits perfectly in the frame of the car's body to armor that can be snapped on [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|Hot Tips|

Connecting pieces

When connecting two pieces you've doodled, let the tip of the pen melt into both pieces for a moment before extruding new plastic to form the strongest bond between them.

By |November 24th, 2015|Hot Tips|

Gravity

Defying gravity with the 3Doodler is tons of fun, but working with gravity can have some awesome results as well.  You can create smooth curves by letting plastic droop and harden while hanging.

By |October 13th, 2015|Hot Tips|

Making pieces that fit together

When connecting two pieces you've doodled, let the tip the pen melt into both pieces for a couple of seconds before extruding new plastic between them.  Doing this will create a strong bond between the two pieces.

By |October 13th, 2015|Hot Tips|

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