Best 3D Pens Reviewed – For 3D Painting and Drawing

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A few years ago choosing a 3D pen was a simple task. There were only a handful of models on the market, and the pens all performed similarly. Well, in 2019 this is not the case anymore.

When doing a online search for “3D Pen” through Amazon or Ali-Express you will find thousands of options from hundreds of different manufacturers. Many of these pens are no-good, as you will quickly see by reading the product reviews of unsatisfied customers.

Fortunately, we have gone through the trouble of separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. In this review we decided to list the 5 best 3D printing pens which we tested, with a focus on quality, durability, and features.

Best 3D Pens of 2019

In the table below we have reviewed the best  3D drawing pens of 2019. The 5 pens you see in the table below are the cream of the crop; feature loaded and stylish to boot.

Name

Score

Summary

Price

Where to Buy

3D Simo Multipro

3D Simo Multipro

4.8 out of 5

The best and most versatile 3D pen of 2019


Midrange

techboss

Techboss 3D Pen

4.5 out of 5

Our Budget Pick


Budget

3Doodler

3Doodler Create

4 out of 5

Easy to use, quality pen.


Budget

creopop cool 3d pen

Creopop Cold Pen

4 out of 5

Best for kids, uses cool ink not hot plastic


Mid-range

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Mynt Pro 3D Pen

3.5 out of 5

Cheap jack of all trades master of none


Budget

Before we do an in-depth review of each product, it’s important to introduce this fairly new technology properly.

A printing 3D pen can best be described as a bulkier version of an ordinary pen, but its ink consists of plastic. This plastic filament is fed into the pen and melted inside, very similar to how the extruder on a 3D printer works.

This melted plastic is then drawn into a shape, either on a piece of paper, or on top of another shape. This new technology is quickly gaining popularity among artists who want to express their creativity on something other than a piece of paper.

For an introduction to 3D printing check our post How to Use a 3D Pen.

With some types of plastic you can even draw freehand in the air, and the plastic will cool quick enough so it that keeps its shape. When you’ve mastered this technique you can create functional shapes and art, like the picture of the bag I created below. If you want to see examples please take a look this handbag from my Portfolio.

painted with 3d pen

Although 3D Pens use the same plastic filament as 3D Printers, that’s about where the similarities end! From the picture above you can see that the level of detail and artistic impression of 3D pen art isn't comparable to the 3D models you make with a 3D printer.

With that being said lets move onward to the review process.

How we reviewed


Here’s a list of the categories which we used to evaluate the pens in this review:

Qaulity of Design:

  • Ergonomics: Is the pen stylish and good looking
  • Durability: Does the pen have a plastic or metal casing
  • Weight and size: lighter, smaller pens are easier to paint with

Features:

  • LCD Display: Is the temperature controllable through an LCD screen?
  • Speed Control: Can you adjust the flow speed of the plastic?
  • Extras: Such as addons, mobile app etc

Versatility:

  • Plastic Types: Does the pen only support ABS and PLA, or others like Flex, Nylon etc
  • Power: Does the pen need a plug point or can it work from a USB cable or Powerbank

Value for Money

  • Price: Total cost was one of the key metrics in this review
  • Warranty: Does the manufacturer provide an international warranty?​
  • Reviews: Product reviews on Amazon.com say a lot about quality

For each pen you will see an overall score out of 5.

Let’s take a look at Pen&Plastic’s round-up of best 3D printing pens currently on the market.

Our Top 3D Pens for 2019

1. 3D Simo Multipro


After rigorous testing, the 3D Simo Mini wins our award for the best 3D pen of 2019. The modules and mobile app are what makes the Simo take 1st place.

Simo is a European manufacturer of 3D art pens, who ship all over the world, including the USA and Canada.

The 3D Simo range first appeared in a Kickstarter campaign and since then the company has become one of the leading brands in creating quality and reliable 3D printing pens.

The recently launched Simo Mini represents the cutting edge when it comes to 3D Pen technology.

For starters, you should know that it’s not just a 3D printing pen, it comes with a number of attachments that you can use in order to make it multi-purpose. Let’s take a look at the features on offer in this premium package.

3D Simo Multipro

Pen and Plastic Rating

"4 modes and a mobile app - the best 3D pen of 2019"

By using the above mentioned mobile app you can activate the correct settings for the type of filament you are using, and you can even watch some helpful tutorial video.

This unique feature, along with rock solid build quality and clever design are what separates the 3D Simo Mini from its rivals and thereby distinguishing itself as the best 3D printing pen for 2019.

If you want to see the 3DSimo Mini in action, take a look at this promotional video, and be sure to check out our full review of the 3D Simo, where we take a closer look at this swiss army knife of 3D pens.

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Pros

  • Only pen with 4 different modules
  • Only pen with a Mobile App
  • Can use all types of plastic filaments, including nylon, wood and metal
  • Great ergonomic design
  • Excellent build quality with 1 year warranty included

Cons

  • More expensive than your typical 3D Pen
  • Not suitable for children

2: TECBOSS 3D Pen - Best Cheap 3D Pen


If you’re a graphic designer or are aspiring to be one, the Tecboss SL 300 Pen is probably the one for you.

Whether in the hands of a child or an adult, it’s a great pen for those with the desire to create.

It’s a very light pen that also fits comfortably in your hand.

It’s a sturdy and durable pen that’s small enough for children to use, but still big enough to fit well in an adult’s hand.

The pen comes with a 200V AC adapter, which is you use to charge the pen with via USB cable. It glows red when it’s charging and green when it’s ready to go.

It can also be charged through virtually any power source by USB cable, making it a very compact pen.

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Pen and Plastic Rating

"Bright OLED temperature display
Numerous Speed Settings
"

It's equipped with an OLED screen that shows you crucial information, such as extrusion speed or the temperature of the filaments, making it a very user-friendly pen.

It's an already easy to use pen, however it comes with an instruction manual which you can consult just in case

The supported materials for this pen are both PLA and ABS, which paired with the numerous speed settings and adjustable temperature design, make this the best pen in this price-range.

The packaging itself also contains some filaments, which means you can use this pen straight out of the box.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better 3D pen while also remaining on a budget, if you’re not limited by a budget, however, there are some other 3D Pens you should definitely check out. 

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Pros

  • Supports both PLA and ABS
  • OLED Display (shows temperature)
  • 8 Levels of speed control
  • Adjustable Temperature
  • Very Cheap

Cons

  • Feels like a cheap 3D Pen compared to the 3D Simo
  • Not suitable for small children

3: 3Doodler Create


3Doodler’s Create takes 3rd place in this 3D pen reivew..how fitting!

If you’ve ever browsed the market to purchase a 3D printing pen you would undoubtedly have come across the 3Doodler series.

The range comes in 3 flavours, namely 3Doodler Create, Starter and Pro. If you’re at a new or intermediate level when it comes to 3D drawing then the Create will not disappoint you.

3Doodler’s Create is a huge upgrade over the previous iterations. Its lighter, extrudes faster and feels more sturdy. This is thanks to the enhanced drive system which also allows for near silent printing.

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Pen and Plastic Rating

"Build Quality Dependable brand
50 m of plastic filament included
"

Its rectangular body makes it fairly easy to control. It’s aluminium case gives it an elegant finish and helps to make the 3D pen feel lighter.

In summary, the Create is the most versatile model from 3Doodler. This works well for hobbyists, crafters, artists, and professionals, alike.

It is best for art, DIY projects, scale models and even decorative items. However, due to the lack of LCD screen, we would not recommend it to professional users.

Here is a list of features which help separate the Create from its competitors.

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Pros

  • Good quality 3d pen with practical design
  • Has extra tips with different diameters
  • The best customer support, the most well known 3D pen manufacturer
  • 1 Year Guarantee

Cons

  • Only two temperature settings
  • No LCD screen
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    Few reported cases of pens malfunctioning after a few hours use

4: CreoPop Cool 3D Cordless Pen


And now for something different. CreoPop is a venture-backed company based in Singapore, and their product might change the future of 3D Pens.

The CreoPop 3D Printing pen makes this list due to its revolutionary capability of printing cold ink which dries quickly when exposed to light. Pretty neat yes?

Well that’s not all, the CreoPop 3D is also a cordless Pen.

The benefit being that it’s completely safe for kids to use due to the lack of a hot tip nozzle, and you have much more flexibility and options when you are not limited by a plug and cord!

creopop cool 3d pen

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Prints with Cold Ink not Plastic!"

The difference between 3D Plastic Pens and Cool Ink Pens

At the start of the 3D pen craze, 3D plastic pens with hot extruders were the only 3D pens available. In September 2015, the 3D Creation Maker was launched, marking the first non-heated 3D pen which could compete with the established brands.

Children will find the Creopop cool 3D pen much safer and easier to use than your standard hot nozzle pen. It is also cordless so that makes it great for youngsters who might want to do some outdoor 3D art. Earlier versions of the Creopop could only print of flat surfaces, as the ink would take a long time to harden.

This was a huge disadvantage as other plastic pens can draw freehand 3D shapes in the air.

Creoprop solved this problem by since developing a pen which uses ink that hardens as quickly as heated plastic does. What was their secret you may ask... Well, the ink used in the Creopop hardens to light exposure!

In contrast to your standard 3D pen which uses thermoplastics, CreoPop’s product uses cool ink. Lets take a look at this 3D drawing pen’s unique features.

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Pros

  • The best pen for kids
  • The best cold ink 3d pen on the market
  • Safest 3D pen, since no heat is generated
  • Cordless operation, works with battery
  • 1 Year guarantee

Cons

  • The supported ink is currently provided by the manufacturer itself
  • Pricey 
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    Plastics like ABS and PLA remains more durable than the cold ink provided

5: Mynt3D Pro Printing Pen


Next up on the list is the MYNT3D’s offering. It is sold by an American retailer and is packed with features considering that it is a reasonably priced 3D printing pen.

This pen sports an ultra-thin design for easier handling, on account of its ergonomic shape and smart design. Similar to the 3Doodler Create, the MYNT3D sports a rectangular body, but the plastic feel is definitely a downgrade from the Doodlers aluminium finish.

Where the MYNT3D has a leg-up over the Doodler is it’s beautiful OLED display helps you monitor the temperature. This pen also comes with adjustable speed control allowing you to fill large areas quickly or slow it down to create a detailed masterpiece.

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Pen and Plastic Rating

"Bright OLED temperature display
USB / Powerbank powered
"

MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen is one of the most competitive and reliable products on the market. It is cheap but is packed with impressive features, and a generous helping of sample plastics for your use.

This pen is one of the most competitive and reliable products on the market.

One thing to note is that one or two consumers have reported the pen not working when they received it, however Mynt3D's pen does come with a 1 year warranty.

This 3D printing pen will enable you to take your innovation to new heights. It is not difficult to use, proficient, and solid, which is why pen makes sits pretty at no.5 on our list.

Listed below are its most impressive features:

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Pros

  • Good all round 3D pen with many features
  • Sleek design with aluminium casing
  • USB powered, can be used with a powerbank
  • Excellent OLED display
  • 1 Year guarantee

Cons

  • Noisy, the high pitched frequency emitted during operation can be irritating
  • Slower extrusion rates than some rivals
  • times-circle-o
    Some dead on arrival complaints from Amazon customers

Conclusion

Well there you have it, the top 5 3D Pens. To summarize, we recommend either the 3D Simo Multipro it is the best all-around 3D Pen on the list.

If you're running on a budget, the​ Techboss 3D Pen is our recommendation. You can check out other low-cost pens in our list of Best Cheap 3D Pens.

Remember to choose the correct plastic, if you are uncertain about the properties of different plastics and what they can be used for then go to our 3D printing filament review.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, leave us a comment below and remember to share this post with your friends by clicking one of the handy social media sharing buttons.

2 thoughts on “Best 3D Pens Reviewed – For 3D Painting and Drawing”

  1. Lixpen LTD is very unprofessional.
    Lixpen doesn’t perform quality tests, during production. If you receive a non working Lix pen you will be asked to pay the shipping costs to the repair center. Really disappointing, considering that I’ve been asked to pay 2, month in advance, before the delivery.

    • Hi Luca,
      I am sorry to hear that. Not the first complaint I have heard about Lix Pen. I am considering moving them down the list to be honest.

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