Change the way you draw things, and the things you draw will change
Not all 3D pens are safe to use or easy to control, but the 3DSimo Basic is. These things alone make it an attractive first choice for beginners, but there’s more.
- Best feature 1: Long drawing time on a full charge
- Best feature 2: Replaceable batteries
- Plus points: Ergonomic, easy to operate, multiple materials, safe plastics, project templates
- Minus points: Plastic takes a while to harden, not easy for air drawing
The Updated 3DSimo Basic Review
The 3DSimo Basic is a smart tool, but what does it do and why might you want one? Well, all 3D printing pens look like regular writing implements—only fatter. They have to be. Inside is a plastic filament that the pen has to melt at an exact temperature before you can use it. Imagination is the only thing that can limit the creative potential of these marvelous lightweight 3D writing devices.
Keep reading if you want something that is safe and easy for kids to use. Likewise, stay on this page if you’re an older novice looking for the ideal starter pen.
Basic Not Boring
They call this the 3DSimo Basic because of its simplicity, but don’t confuse basic with boring. Its power comes from replaceable batteries, so you don’t have to keep it plugged in as you work. When the battery does die—after around 3 hours—replace it with a spare and continue the fun. Recharging time only takes about 60+ minutes, so that’s another bonus right there. The 3DSimo is one of the few 3D pens that actually has a built-in battery. This feature makes it well-worth the price.
The pen’s cool ergonomic design and intuitive controls make it easy to use and comfortable to hold. The wide range of colorful materials gives you an extra creative edge with your projects. Best of all is that these materials are non-toxic and melt at low temperatures, so they’re 100% safe to use.
Some new users may need a little inspiration to get going. That’s why there’s a starter book with every new pack. The booklet includes 24 projects and provides something for all ages.
Each new 3DSimo Basic package includes:
- 1 x 3DSimo Basic 3D pen
- 1 x Battery module
- 1 x USB 1.5m cable for charging
- 2 Packs of materials
- 1 x Book of 24 projects & templates
The Not so Good
One of the main disadvantages of this pen is that the material takes a while to harden. Room temperature can play a part, but expect at least 20 seconds hardening time. Drawing in the air is also tricky because of this. Filaments in professional pens set hard at around 3-seconds. But a long hardening time also means you have extra seconds to mold shapes, so it’s not all bad.
There are many 3D pens around today, but they’re not all equal. The capable 3DSimo Basic is a popular choice for kids aged 8-years and older. It has everything you need at the entry level and nothing you don’t. It’s also versatile enough for adult artists to exploit.
|Tech Specs||The Pros||The Cons|
|Dimensions: 163 x 36 x 22mm|
Product weight: 40g
Recommended age: 8+
Max running time: 3 hours
Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
|Cool ergonomic design, comfortable to hold for extended periods|
Safe to use for kids 8-years and up
Easy to use at the beginner level
Wide variety of materials and material colors available
Safe, non-toxic materials
Includes a starter book with project templates to get users started
|Plastic takes 20+ seconds to harden|
Not easy to draw in the air
Editor’s Rating: 4.7