6 Features of 3D Pens You Should Look for Before Buying

6 Features of 3D Pens You Should Look for Before Buying

Microsoft recently launched Surface Studio – a desktop which is considered as an ideal for those who are involved in creative work. With a large display and reclinable stand, it is a great piece of technology and art combined in a box.

What is amazing is the fact that it has opened new ways for the other technologies to emerge and support its use. Though Microsoft is offering its own Surface Pen and a Dial. Both these gadgets can be used on computer surfaces. However, there is another emerging technology which can help you to draw, doodle and create live models of many things and they are called 3D Pens. Right from making 3D Eifel Towers to drawing full-fledged cars, 3D Pens are the new reality in the world of manufacturing

You can find a lot of 3D pens in the market. The best 3D pens always have following characteristics or features:


1. A 3D Pen works on almost every surface

3D Pen technology works in a really simple manner – instead of using ink, a 3D pen uses plastic to write. A good 3D pen always works on all quality of surfaces, therefore, if you are buying a 3D pen which works only on particular surfaces, it is of no use.

What makes a good 3D pen different from others is its quality of responsiveness and convenience to write. If they are not responsive on any surface, it’s better to avoid buying such pen.

2. Will they work at required temperatures

3D pen technology works on the basis of heat technology and any changes in the temperature outside can have an impact on the performance of the pen. Make sure to read all the description and other technical reviews of the pen’s performance under different temperature settings. Read the technical descriptions and understand your own work environment before buying any 3D pen. If you are working in a hot environment, it is quite possible that the performance of the pen may not be up to the mark, so choose wisely.


3. Know the timing of plastic coming out of the pen

Since 3D pens work on the basis of heat technology, therefore, make sure the plastic coming out of the pen is prompt and clearly flowing on time. Heat can get the plastic to stick in the pen and some colours may respond differently than others to the heat. It is always great to make sure you know the outflow timing of the plastic. Read online reviews about any model before buying it.

4. Cooling Time

As this technology uses heat and a 3D pen can only work when plastic is heated up, it comes out and you can draw or doodle. Equally important is how the pen actually cools down after heating the plastic inside its shell. If cooling time is really high, you may not be able to use the pen for longer periods of time or the gaps between the heating and cooling can be large. Make sure you are buying a pen which has ideal heating and cooling times.

5. Clogging the System

Normally when cooling down, it is quite possible that the plastic will clog inside the containers after the use. If the plastic clogs down easily and you to frequently replace the plastic for every use, it will become costly for you as you use more of it.


A good 3D pen must have a good clogging system preventing plastic from flowing in easily once you start writing again. Always discuss the clogging issue with the supplier before buying one. Good clogging system is necessary if you are drawing large models of cars such as limousines or building architectural designs.

6. Warranty

Generally, most models and makers offer a warranty. However, warranty conditions can be tricky and limited in nature. Some offer complete replacements whereas some suppliers offer partial changes to be done freely. Determine if you require warranty and whether you are expecting any damages to the pen due to peculiar nature of your work. Find the models which suit your needs and also provide you with the adequate warranty in the case of any loss or damage.

3D pens are really interesting pieces of technology and can greatly help everyone. Before spending money on them, it is always great to read these tips and do the research.


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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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