A cost-effective technology recently emerged in the form of a 3D pen, offering easy entry into the world of 3D printing. Those familiar with a hot glue gun should grasp the concept of a 3D pen; a plastic rod, heated by the pen, melts and extrudes “ink” from the pen’s tip. Unlike a glue gun, however, 3D pen plastic hardens almost instantly and supports its own weight, so unlike a conventional pen, there’s no need for a substrate such as paper. The artist creates lines at any angle, working in a three-dimensional medium.

The heated plastic method — Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) — matches the method used for many 3D printers. It’s not, however, the only 3D pen technology. Photopolymer ink begins in liquid form and hardens upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. This is ideal for children, since there’s no risk of burns. LED lights at the nozzle firms the photopolymer into solid form, yielding similar results to FDM pens. This is commonly known as “Cool Ink” 3D printing.

Here, we take a look at the 10 best 3D pens in [year].

10 Best 3D Printing Pens

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