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What is the 3Doodler?

The ‘3Doodler Create’ is a 3D printing pen, which allows anyone to start designing and creating in 3D.

It works something like a hot glue gun. Switch on the 3Doodler and allow it to preheat, then feed in a tube of plastic filament. The heated plastic extrudes as you draw and then dries and hardens within seconds, forming a permanent 3D sculpture. It’s that easy to start creating!

Video: Just what can the 3Doodler do?

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3Doodler in Education

Tactile Learning

Touch and feel the results of a three-dimensional creation to gain an understanding of an object in real space. Add new facets to existing objects and engage kinaesthetic learners.

Prototyping & Invention

The 3Doodler allows anyone to create objects without relying on complicated design software.  Simply imagine your design and start creating.

Computational Thinking

Learn to break down complex problems and objects into simpler shapes and designs, then 3Doodle the parts together to create a larger system. 3Doodling brings a physical element to fundamental design concepts.

Arts & Design

Anyone who employs "thought and craft"—who thinks and makes—is creative. Doodling inherently adds a creative, artistic element to all projects.

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Tips from the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (USA)

Tip #1: Use Templates Whenever You Can
(see 'Hot Tips' link above)

Tip #2: Buy Some Type of Mat
The 3Doodler actually sells a mat. You can also use a regular cutting mat that you purchase at your local craft store. The mat makes it easy to lift your project off when you are done.

Tip #3: Know Your Filament
There are 2 different types of filaments, ABS and PLA. 3Doodler has a good comparison chart to help you understand the differences.

Tip #4: The Tip of Your 3D Pen is Like a Soldering Iron
You can make little pieces and then solder them together using the tip of your 3D pen.

Tip #5: Be Patient! And Start Small!
Your first time creating with a 3D pen will not be a masterpiece. It takes a while to learn how to keep a steady hand, how best to manipulate the pen and filament, etc. Start with a smaller project and work your way up. It can take a really long time to make a complete project, patience is key.

How can I get a 3Doodler kit?

State Library of Queensland has a 3Doodler kit available for loan by public libraries in the Regional Libraries Queensland (RLQ) network. To request a kit, contact State Library of Queensland on 1800 017 114, or email

Last updated
17th January 2018