How 3Doodler is Redefining Education

A few years back, I sat in on a teacher’s conference about the SAMR Model. SAMR is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

At its lowest level, technology may be used as a substitution to accomplish something that we already do in the classroom. Therefore, a word processor might substitute for paper and pencil to write a story. We can augment the story writing process with text-to-speech. We can modify it by posting students’ writing on a blog. But at its highest level, we redefine the writing lesson when we can conceive of a task that could never have been accomplished before. At this repurposed level, students might conference with professional authors and editors from around the world via Skype.

3D pen doodles: Redefining education

The 3Doodler Start pen easily rises to the top of the SAMR model when used thoughtfully and effectively. Certainly, we can simply substitute crayons for 3Doodler pens. But, what if we could use the 3Doodler pens to redefine the learning experience in previously inconceivable ways that could make a profound difference in our students’ learning? What if weekly sight words, became weekly touch words with students designing dimensional and textural elements? Would this cognitively trigger a whole new learning experience? When we open our minds and refocus our objectives, we can clearly see how the 3Doodler pen opens unexplored possibilities for learning across subject areas.

A few years back, I wanted to teach my students about ancient artifacts of Western civilization, so, we went on virtual class trips to museums. I even invited a holographer to display holograms of artifacts that “appeared” to have dimension. We saved images of artifacts to sketch, but we could never actually touch or explore them. It was like looking at a delicious piece of cake, but being unable to eat it.

3Doodler's innovative education impact: Woman with green scarf and hat in 3D pen art

In Language Arts, students can move away from passively learning about idioms and other forms of figurative language, and move toward actively pursuing the roles of literary architects. With the 3Doodler pen, personification becomes concrete in students’ minds and hands. An actual potato can be doodled on to repurpose it as a “couch potato” complete with sunglasses and a couch. An open mouth can be doodled on a bar soap, transforming it into a singing diva in a “soap opera.” A personified compass becomes a graceful ballerina dancing on pencil point. Students who have a hand in their own learning become writers whose words inspire others.

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In Science, the 3Doodler pen lends dimension to discovery as students design organs of the human body or fossils of the future. Real-time learning happens, too, when students realize that they have the power to solve everyday problems. The plants in our hydroponic garden were growing into the UV lights where they were habitually scorched. My students researched photosynthesis and designed various ancillary tools and attachments to reposition the plant growth away from the lights. Before the 3Doodler pens, students may have relied on market solutions. With the 3Doodler pens, students became independent, self-reliant problem solvers.

At times, the 3Doodler pen becomes the lesson itself. As students explore how 3D printers work, they became an active cog in the process of additive manufacturing, building layer upon layer to their understanding of design. Students sometimes run into problems as they charter previously unexplored design territory. A girl in my class was having difficulty adhering the filament to a scissor and wondered why it kept slipping off the metal. This raised a discussion about friction and ways to increase it. This type of real world problem solving is engaging because it is not conceptual. It is tangible. Students are learning by doing! They are designing products that solve problems that are meaningful to them.

Finally, the 3Doodler pen redefines the teacher’s role in the classroom. No longer is the teacher the sole arbiter and purveyor of all knowledge. When students ask me, “Why isn’t this working?” I will freely admit to them when I do not know. And so, I ask them, “How can you figure it out?” "When students are engaged, they are fearless. They are driven. They are persistent. This type of discovery promotes collaborative learning, social engagement and a pursuance of the larger online social network community where experts become guides. " Share

The 3Doodler pens can be the ends or the means by which students learn. It is all up to the teacher. But in the hands of the right individual, the 3Doodler pen is a powerful tool, redesigning education in a whole new way!

Julia Dweck is a public school teacher who works with students in grades K-5, focusing on the importance of creative and open-ended thinking. Julia is the 2016 winner of the Da Vinci Science Award for her innovative integration of technology in the classroom.

She serves as a school resource and exemplar for inventive implementation of the arts and sciences. Julia encourages her students, friends, and peers to take risks, whenever possible, in order to grow. Follow her on Twitter @GiftedTawk

3Doodler’s Commitment To Hurricane Impacted Areas

3Doodler is helping teachers in need following a pair of powerful hurricanes that hit the United States.

Orange chair on white background featuring 3D pen art

By working with, we have decided to fund all active open projects in the Carolinas featuring 3Doodler products as of September 14, 2018 (Hurricane Florence’s landfall). 3Doodler will also fund a pair of active projects in Houston, Texas schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey one year ago.

“Any damage caused by a storm like Hurricane Florence will further press already difficult school budgets,” said 3Doodler co-founder Maxwell Bogue. “Working with a partner like to identify already open projects and support them is a small step we can provide in helping the recovery effort.”

3Doodler Projects have been funded at the following institutions:

Knightsville Elementary School – Summerville, SC
Valle Crucis Elementary School – Sugar Grove, NC
Chesterfield Elementary School – Morgantown, NC
West View Elementary School – Spartanburg, SC
Southern Nash Middle School – Winnsboro, SC
St. Paul’s Middle School – Saint Pauls, NC
Lugoff Elementary School – Lugoff, SC
O’Donnell Middle School – Houston, TX
North Pointe Elementary School – Houston, TX

In the five years since 3Doodler’s founding, the company’s products have been used in more than 7,000 classrooms, and by more than 400,000 students., a crowdfunded educational platform, has also been responsible for putting 3Doodler kits in over 800 middle-and low-income classrooms.

3Doodler’s 3D printing pens have received extensive praise for making 3D printing accessible for all ages and economic backgrounds. This includes being named a Top Pick by New York Times owned Wirecutter and one of Mashable’s 10 Best 3D Printers for Beginners.

3Doodler PRO 3D Pen: Tips for Printing in Wood, Nylon, and Metal

A key differentiator that puts the 3Doodler PRO pen above the rest of our 3D printing pens is the vast array of specialty materials that it’s compatible with. Designed for engineers, architects, designers, artists, and more, this pen has something to offer to each professional in their niche.

With the introduction of new Wood filament colors, we’ve put together a summary of the characteristics of each specialty material (wood, nylon and metals), along with some tips and tricks from Cornelia Kuglmeier, which you might find useful for all types of 3D pen designs.

Pears Doodled with Wood Filaments Pears Doodled with Wood Filaments


Made with real wood fibre, this material carries a mild and natural wood aroma, and creates a sandy surface appearance when Doodled. Like any wooden material, it can be sanded down to reveal a cleaner finish. You could even stain the wood to give it a darker shade or to accentuate details in certain parts of your design.

  • 3D Pen owl figurine using wood plastics
  • 3D Pen horse figurine using wood plastics

Wood filaments, are favored by architects who want to add some life-like aesthetic to models, loved by sculptors to make figurines that add a warm feeling to interior decor, and used by the everyday handyman for repairs on wooden furniture, floors, utensils and more.

Doodling Technique
By popular demand, we’ve added 3 new color options (Cherry, Birch and Walnut) (link to AMZ Wood bundle) in addition to the existing Natural shade, to allow for more variety in creations! All Wood filaments have the same characteristics when in use.

The ideal settings for Wood is:
Temp: 170°C – 200°C (338°F – 392°F) / Speed: 3-6

Wood is perfect for:
  • Coating a structure that is pre-built with ABS or PLA plastic.

  • Making flat pieces to assemble together.

  • To make small, delicate pieces, we recommend using speed 1 or 2 to keep the plastic soft and fluid, making it easier to draw finer details, plus adjusting the fan speed allows you to control how fast/slow the plastic hardens.

Koy Fish Handbag Doodled with Nylon Filaments Koy Fish Handbag Doodled with Nylon Filaments


Nylon creates a very interesting fabric-like texture with a semi-translucent appearance. When extruded, the material forms sturdy strands that are bendable, but strong enough to hold their structural shape.

  • 3D Pen vase figurine using nylon plastics
  • 3D Pen figurine using nylon plastics

Designers love using Nylon to make an entire fashion accessory, outfit, or create embellishments to add decorative details to plain items. You could also make stylish home decor with this material, such as subtle wall art made up of dandelions.

Doodling Technique
Although Nylon is only available in one color, you can use fabric dye or food coloring to add some interesting effects to your final design. Here’s an example, using food coloring, of how you can create a beautiful color blending effect.

The ideal settings for Nylon is:
Temp: 200°C – 225°C (392°F – 437°F) / Speed: 3-6 / Fan: medium-high

Nylon is perfect for:
  • Making functional parts or free-form structures.

  • Developing prototypes of clothing designs.

  • When joining nylon to nylon, we recommend turning the pen temperature up to 230°C – 240°C and fan to low, speed to 2 or 3. This helps to create extrusions that harden slower, and are therefore more sticky so you can create stronger connection points. Also, make sure to press the pen firmly onto the Doodled pieces to secure the joint.

  • Mix up your technique and use extruded Nylon filament to weave, crochet or braid to fabricate unique textures.

Theodore & Hepburn in Bronze & Copper by Cornelia Kuglmeier Theodore & Hepburn in Bronze & Copper by Cornelia Kuglmeier


  • 3D Pen figurine using metal plastics
  • 3D Pen figurine using metal plastics
  • 3D Pen figurine using metal plastics

Bronze and Copper filaments allow you to create 3D structures which can be polished in different ways to get a premium-looking metallic finish. When left untreated, the metals have a clay-like appearance, which is unique in its own way.

Working with metal offers a very unique experience both while you Doodle, and after. It is ideal for making jewelry pieces and sculptures which may have otherwise required special tools and techniques to create.

Doodling Technique
The ideal settings for both Bronze and Copper is:
Temp: 180°C – 200°C (356°F – 392°F) / Speed: 3-5 / Fan: High

Tips for using Bronze and Copper:
  • Doodle two to three layers to increase the strength of your creation, as these materials are brittle if using a single layer only.

  • For larger pieces, you can create a base structure in ABS or PLA to enhance rigidity.

  • For flat pieces, or pieces with a bigger surface, you can polish with sand paper to achieve a shinier and smoother finish. Start with a rough grit (e.g. 400 grit) to get rid of the overall roughness, then progress to a very fine grit (e.g. 1200 grit) to achieve next-level shine and shimmer. We recommend using wet sanding paper, or polishing paste. Finish off with steel wool.

  • For smaller creations with more crooks and edges, you can use the tumble finishing technique to give it an even more polished look. Fill the barrel with brass screws, put your Doodled piece in and let the machine do its work. Make sure to check on your piece from time to time, to see if it’s been damaged, if so, fix it then return to the tumbler. You will see the effects of this technique after about an hour of tumbling.

  • If the pen has trouble extruding metal filament, we recommend putting the pen on reverse, instead of pushing the filament through by force. If you can’t grip the strand as it is too short, adjust the pen temperature to 130°C, screw off the nozzle tip, then put the pen on reverse again and gently push the plastic out with the cleaning tool provided. Screw the nozzle back on to continue your work.

If you’d like to learn more about the different materials or the 3Doodler PRO pen itself, be sure to check out our dedicated product page.

The Making Of A 3D Pen Animation Film – Interview with Dina Velikovskaya

We came across Dina’s work on Instagram at the beginning of this year and we had to reach out to find out more! We know artists who have made amazing stop-motion short clips with the 3Doodler, but Dina is the first we’ve come across who is bold enough to make an entire short film with this technique! And, it is looking absolutely stunning.

3Doodler: Dina, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. We’d love to get to know you better. Could you tell us a bit about your background?

Dina: Hello, my name is Dina Velikovskaya and I am an animation director. I was born in Russia in a small town near Moscow and I graduated from the University of Cinematography in 2011.

  • 3d pen film by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen film by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler

Upon graduation, I was very lucky that my first film did well in a festival, which helped my work gain some recognition. Since then, my films have been screened at Film festivals around the world, and have won many awards. This year I was super happy to be invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Wow, congratulations! That must have been really exciting for you. So do you only make stop-motion animation?

Dina: I was always interested in experimenting with different animation techniques. During my studies, I mixed video and animation, paper cutouts, stop-motion animation and puppet animation.

Could you tell us more about ‘Ties’? What inspired the story?

Dina: I moved to Berlin recently, which inspired me to create my new film, ‘Ties’. The story is about moving away from your parents’ home. Since I moved to Germany, I have become very concerned about my parents. Me leaving was a big change for them. I imagine that there is a connection between a child and her parents. This connection can be ‘broken’ once it’s stretched out over many kilometers.

My main character is a young woman, who walks away from her parents’ house. Once she sits down in a car and drives away, the catastrophe unfolds in the house. A tree, a phone, and many more objects disappear, until finally, even the parents are in danger of disappearing.

  • 3d pen art designs by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen art designs by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler

I’m sure many people can relate to that story, especially at an emotional level. We can’t wait to see the final creation! How has the 3Doodler been adding value to your creation process?

Dina: Thank you! I can’t wait to finish it too, haha. What I like the most about this film is the possibility to experiment with a new technique for animation. I love that I can use the 3Doodler to combine the freedom of drawing with the physical 3D models that you need for stop-motion animation. Drawings that cast shadows and are in a real physical space create a very unusual effect that’s quite new in the stop-motion world.

  • 3d pen art by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen art by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen art by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler

We agree! You get the best of both worlds with this technique. And we love your drawing style! It works really well with the “strands” effect that you can get with drawing with the 3Doodler. Actually, how did you get the idea to use a 3D pen in your work?

Dina: Initially I wanted to do an unusual hand-drawn film, then my husband, who is a director as well, and co-producer of ‘Ties’, had the idea that the story might be better told if the characters and objects were made out of wire, which “disappear” frame by frame.

He suggested trying a new technology to draw each frame. “How about a 3D pen?” he said. I turned that idea down immediately. I’m not that crazy! Many questions popped into my head. How would I draw animation with a 3D pen when I’ve not used one before? How would I draw each frame so it does not look too different from the last? How would I fix frames in the same position?

But you know what? The idea stayed in the back of my mind. And I started to think about how to solve those problems. Not long after, I found myself making ‘Ties’ with the 3Doodler and some wires.

I’m not a film expert but your creation certainly caught my attention – I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up going viral! As you know there are a number of 3D pens in the market. Could you tell us why you chose the 3Doodler?

Dina: Sure. So after I decided to make ‘Ties’ with a 3D pen, my husband and I did some research and read many articles that compared 3D pens. As we understood, they are all different, and the decision was a hard one. The main factor that made us choose the 3Doodler was that you are the original creators of the first 3D pen. We had a feeling that it must be good, and we were glad to support the original.

  • 3d pen movie process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen movie process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen movie process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler

Thanks for choosing to use our product. We are very proud knowing that professional artists like yourself use the 3Doodler as the tool behind such amazing work. How’s your experience so far? And how’s using the 3Doodler pen in animating compared to other tools you’ve used in the past?

Dina: What I like about the 3Doodler is that it’s very easy to work with. There is only one button, and I don’t have to fiddle around with speed and temperature settings. The pen is very comfortable to hold, and it doesn’t matter if you’re left or right handed (I’m a left hander so I appreciate this a lot). I animate with 12 frames in a second, so my film is 7 minutes long which sums up to 5040 frames in total. This means that comfort and pen ergonomics are extremely important to me because I have to work many hours in a row as an animator.

Compared to other tools, I like that the 3Doodler is left hand friendly. Also, I like that I can open the maintenance cover to clean the inside of the pen if necessary. One more thing – I’ve found that the 3Doodler filament runs thicker than other 3D pens I’ve tried, which makes it easier to draw in the air.

  • 3d pen art process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen art process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler
  • 3d pen art process by Dina Velikovskaya using 3Doodler

5,040 frames!? That sounds crazy! What’s your creation process like?

Dina: It’s fun to make 3D art or draw a 3D object, but creating an animation with a 3D pen is a lot more complicated…and very, very challenging.

First, the animation is drawn digitally on my computer. Once I’m happy with it, I will cover the computer screen with glass, fix a sheet of transparent paper to the glass, then outline with the 3Doodler. After I’ve outlined a sequence of drawings, I pin each of them onto a foam surface to take a photo of each frame. I also draw the setting with a 3D pen, like a tiny kitchen and all the objects inside it.

That sounds intense. It really requires a lot of hard work and dedication… We know you’re still working on the film. Where do you hope to take it once it’s done?

Dina: I hope to be done with shooting toward the end of the year, and aim for a premiere in the spring of 2019. I will probably enter about 200-300 festivals, covering the big ones but also smaller events. I am hopeful that the combination of a personal story with a unique animation technique will help the film get featured in film festivals, and maybe even garner some attention on the Internet too!

On January 26th, 2022 the original stop animated film “Ties” was released to the public for free viewing. This is very exciting as now anyone can watch this spectacular award-winning film created with a 3Doodler. Follow this link to view the film.

Follow Dina’s journey and learn more about her intricate animation process on her Instagram account!

Close-up: 3D pen art cake with sticks design

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