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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.


In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!



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