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3Doodler Pro Plus is a refined version of the 3D-printing pen

3Doodler’s 3D-printing pens cowl a wide selection of potential makes use of, from preschool artwork initiatives to high-end skilled mannequin making. With the Pro Plus, 3Doodler is making an attempt to refine that skilled providing, altering up the way you modify settings whereas drawing in 3D and providing extra supplies in additional sizes and styles to work with.

The Pro Plus is an upgraded version of the 3Doodler Pro, and it carries over a lot of its visible design. When we covered that last version, we famous its streamlined look and extra granular controls however had been nonetheless left skeptical that the firm would escape the “toy” affiliation it gained with its different pens. The Pro Plus retains a lot of what labored with the earlier Pro, whereas slimming down the machine by 50 % and offering improved efficiency.

The dial controls of the earlier 3Doodler Pro.
Image: 3Doodler

These modifications don’t come with out some potential trade-offs for earlier Pro homeowners who’re contemplating the improve, nonetheless. The pen loses the bodily dials for adjusting settings on the Pro in trade for buttons subsequent to its digital show, that includes 10 attainable temperatures and 7 attainable speeds for feeding filament by the pen. Buttons make the machine less complicated, however being pressured to click on by a menu, moderately than simply setting a dial to what you need looks like it’d take longer. The again plate of the Pro Plus is magnetic and may be eliminated to entry the inside of the pen for upkeep. The machine additionally ships with six totally different pen tip nozzles to extrude the filaments in several widths and shapes.

The detachable magnetic again of the new Pro Plus.
Image: 3Doodler

3Doodler claims to supply the widest selection of filaments in the trade: from conventional plastic to copper, bronze, nylon, and even wooden. The extra uncommon choices are literally a combine of fibers of the numerous supplies and the conventional plastic filament. So whereas your mission received’t be constructed from 100 % wooden, it ought to nonetheless odor and really feel like the actual factor. The Pro Plus works with each sort of filament the firm sells besides the “eco-plastic” provided with the Start and 3D Build & Play pens.

These Pro Plus modifications might sound minor, however providing a higher approach to entry the inside of the machine is significant for any consumer, not simply a skilled one. The bigger query is whether or not professionals suppose it’s a worthwhile trade-off for shedding these dial controls from the Pro. The 3Doodler Pro Plus is available now for the similar value as the earlier version, $249.99.

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