Introduction to 3D Printing Pens:
A few years back no one even knew about 3D pens, but thanks companies like Lenovo, we now know what exactly these things are and they are now making the life of creative minds much better. Recently I tried out the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen and I was both amazed and surprised by the results. I used this amazing product for almost a week now and reviewed it as well. But before you get into that, let me first give you a short overview of what is a 3d printing pen.
Technically speaking, 3D printing pens aren’t like ordinary pens that we use in our every day lives and it does not use ink but instead plastic filaments. Yes, you can use it like an ordinary pen, but it delivers different results as it allows you to use it in different ways. You might be wondering about its working mechanism. No worries, I have explained it all down here. As mentioned before, 3D printing pens use plastic to operate. All you need to do is put the plastic filament inside and the 3D Printing Pen will heat up the filament inside pen as it comes with technology that heats up the plastic filament to an extent that it melts. The filaments come in different colors, you can choose the color of your choice.
Don’t compare it with a glue gun, the technology is similar but I must say that “3D printing pen is completely another dimension“. The best thing is that you can draw almost everything with it and it works on almost all surfaces. It adds another dimension to your work and it looks real. It’s kinda part of a 3d printer but the difference is that a 3d printer is controlled by a computer and the 3d pen is controlled by your hands. I mean isn’t 3d drawing pen dope?
Design and Appearance:
The Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen comes in a small compact cardboard box. When I received the package, I was actually surprised because I expected a larger package given the number of items and accessories that were supposed to come with the Lenovo 3D printing pen. The best part about the packaging is that it is completely environmentally friendly.
The processes of unboxing the Lenovo P2 3D printing pen was completely painless and totally hassle-free. The packaging is compact, and its contents were neatly packed in an orderly fashion. The box which contains the pen is made up of cardboard and has a beautiful matte red finish. On the front, there is a picture of the printing pen and on the back is a sticker with a list of the pens specs and features. Once opened the box, I saw that t contained the 3D printing pen itself, a micro USB charging cable, a drawing board, drawing templates, a user manual, warranty cards and lastly trial supplies which consist of 6 color filaments.
The 3D printing pen is made up of a strong plastic material and feels really lightweight when you hold it. It weighs a mere 72.5 grams. The pen turned out to be much lighter than I had expected but when I held it, I could tell it is sturdy and has a high build quality; so it will last you a long time.
On the front of the pen, there are two feeding and returning buttons on along with Lenovo’s logo below the buttons and lastly a power indicator which tells what state the pen is in.
Fitted at the tip of the P2 3D printing pen is a flexible rubbery grip which actually makes the 3D pen quite comfortable to hold, together with the otherwise ergonomic design of the pen. The temperature switch is placed very smartly and is in good reach while holding such that it can easily be accessed by kids as well as adults. I tried changing the temperature while using it and had no trouble doing so. I asked my 12-year-old niece to do the same and she had no trouble changing the temperature while she used the pen.
On the very top is the tip of the pen which is white in color. The tip has a built-in vent hold in it and right below is a marker for warning when the temperature gets too high. At the base of the pen is USB port which connects to the charging cable that comes with the set. Right next to the port is a feeding hole through which you put the plastic filament.
Performance and Usage:
Inserting the plastic filament into the pen is really easy. All I had to do was push it in through the feeding hold. After that, I simply connected the USB cable with the pen and the device powered up. To indicate that it has powered up, a red light turned on. To get it to start heating, the instruction manual said to press any button and I did just that and it starts heating up almost instantly. Out of fear of damaging the pen and burning myself, I kept the heat settings right in the middle.
I found that at a really low heat setting the pen doesn’t heat up the plastic filament at all. So I cranked up the heat a little bit more. As soon as it started to heat up, the red light started flashing in order to signal that it is warming up the filament for use. Once it was done heating up, a green light turned on giving me the go signal to begin using the pen.
Once the pen was hot enough, I proceeded with the loading of the filament. The manual says to expect to have to push the filament into the pen quite firmly. With this in mind, don’t hesitate to use a tiny bit of force when loading the filament. I applied a clockwise twist while pushing it in which help the loading process until the filament was completely inside. One thing to keep in mind is that these pens undergo rigorous quality control at the factory which means that they are tested to see if they run properly. So there is a chance that there might be some residual filament left in the pen.
Once loaded, the 3D pen is good to go. Press the nozzle to the paper and start drawing…
Aaaaaand stop again because the filament strand will have run out by then. Well it didn’t actually run out that quickly but you get the idea; one strand doesn’t last very long. One filament strand didn’t last nearly as long as I expected it would. And unfortunately, the Lenovo P2 3D printing pen comes with only 6 strands of different colors. This means that single color projects will either have to be kept small or additional strands will have to be purchased. Just when I started to have fun and finally got the hang of things, I ran out of the free strands. But thankfully, I ordered a lot of strands as well when I placed the other for the pen.
I found that for people like me who have no prior experience using a 3D printer pen, practice makes perfect is the way to go. Just keep drawing and accumulate lots of experience till you get good at it. Till then, I found that drawing using the stencils that come with the pen is way easier than drawing without them, especially for kids.
Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen: Final Verdict
In my opinion, the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen is a really cool gadget and the quality of the objects I drew definitely exceeded my expectations. One wouldn’t expect to create anything else than a pile of failed attempts, for the first little bit at least. This was not the case. Within minutes of unboxing, I was using the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen just fine.
I found that the operation of the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen was very straightforward, although it is a little tricky to stop the continuous flow of filament before it’s too late. After a bit of practice, however, the operation of the pen gets a lot easier. Using this 3D pen is definitely fun.
The 3D pen is small, compact, and unobtrusive. As for affordability, the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen costs only ¥189. Additional strands of the filament will have to be purchased if one wants to get lots of use out of the ¥189. Whether all this is worth the investment for your creative projects, that’s a decision between you and your wallet. Creating something in this way definitely takes a bit of focus, patience and time. Each project took over an hour to complete but was just as rewarding.
The nozzle of the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen does get very hot and will burn the user if they touch it. Therefore, it should not be given to small children to use without the supervision of an adult.
Overall, I found with my experience of the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen that it’s a pretty cool device and produces great results. Who should buy this pen? Anyone with creative capacity and patience will enjoy using the Lenovo P2 3D Printing Pen
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