When I was given the chance to review the Joyluxy 3D Printing Pen, I jumped at the chance.
To start things off, the packaging is great. The box is sturdy and all of the stuff in the box was well packaged.
When you first open the box, you're presented with them pen in a molded plastic insert. It holds the pen as well as it displays it.
Once you remove the plastic insert, there are several things in the bottom of the box:
- 2 colors of PLA filament. Mine came with red and blue, but your package may contain different colors.
- 1 hardened plastic stand for your pen. The bottom of the stand has a suction cup on it to stick to smooth surfaces. Luckily, the surface of my desk it glass.
- 1 charging cable with a wall wart power converter. The cable is approximately 5 feet long (1.5 meters).
- 1 large sheet of instructions. The instructions are just meant to get you going and are available in 8 languages: English, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The pen is available in Blue, Green, and white. I got the blue pen.
The 3D pen is large in the hand, but is ergonomic, so it's easy to use for long periods of time even if you don't have large hands.
On the back of the pen, there is a plug for the power as well as a place to insert the printing material.
In the middle of the pen, there is an LCD screen and 2 buttons. The screen will tell you the material it is setup to use (PLA or ABS), the extrusion speed, and the temperature the pen is set to. The temperatures can be set from 160-180°C for PLA and 180-210°C for ABS.
Near the tip of the pen, there are 2 sets of buttons (on set on each side). One set of buttons will let you adjust the speed of the material extrusion. There are 8 speed settings available. The other set of buttons are mean to start/stop the extrusion and to remove the filament when not in use.
The tip of the pen gets hot (and has a warning on the tip to remind you). The black part doesn't get as hot as the white tip, but you shouldn't touch either when the pen is at operating temperatures.
I tried making some geometric shapes and, after some trial and error, managed to get the hang of it in a fairly short amount of time.
Using a 3D pen does take some time to get familiar with, so if you buy one and start getting frustrated, remember that it is a learning process. Luckily there are lots of resources online to help you get better at using the 3D pen.
While you're learning, you may want to pick up some additional printing material so that you don't run out while you're learning.
I would highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a great gift idea for that tinkerer or tech geek that seems to have everything. Even if you don’t fall into either of those categories, but are just looking to try something new and fun, the Joyluxy 3D Pen is a pretty great option.
You can pick one up on Amazon:
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