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Monday, May 2, 2016

GearBest 3D Printing Pen Review / Giveaway

If you've been following my Instagram pages, you've seen some of my basic 3D pen creations. I recently had the chance to get another 3D pen for review from GearBest with a second one available for a giveaway.

For those unfamiliar with 3D printing pens, it is basically a handheld 3D printer. You feed in plastic that the pen heats up and melts. You then direct the tip of the pen to draw whatever you can imagine. The plastic melts quickly and forms whatever shape you draw. It requires a steady hand to get something to look good, but, until you understand how to draw in 3D, even a steady hand isn't enough.
My first attempt at drawing in 3D was a complete disaster and done in totally the wrong way, but I didn't know any better. Okay, maybe not a complete disaster as I did get a cube out of it, but I later learned how wrong it was. After drawing my first cube, I knew I was doing something wrong so I went to YouTube to figure out how to do things right.

While I didn't think I could draw as well as Rainbow Girl, viewing the video gave me the basic understanding that you draw in 2D, basically flat, then connect the pieces together so you get a 3D object, like the flower above. That is actually six individual components that I put together. Once you're more advanced, you can certainly try to draw "up" into 3D space, but certainly not for first starting out.
The GearBest pen comes with three coils of filament, the pen, a power supply, and an instruction booklet. Basic instructions are plug it in, let it heat up, then put the plastic filament through the hole in the back, feeding it through until it gets to the tip. Then you draw. I tried out the cube again with what I thought was the right way, and I think I did a much better job the second time around. What I did differently was to draw the six sides separately, then connected them together. This worked much better then trying to draw them all together as one cube at the same time.
I drew a bridge in much the same way, too. Four separate parts, then glue them together with more plastic. At this point I discovered an important lesson. Print out a template first and not try to do things in freehand just yet. Perhaps after some more practice.
At a price of just $32.22, the GearBest 3D printing pen is a great pen to get started with for drawing in the 3D world. The description calls it a children's pen, and at times I felt I was back in a grammar school art class, but I would be careful about leaving a child unattended with the device. The tip gets VERY hot, hot enough to melt the plastic at 190-ish degrees. I learned quickly not to touch it.

The pen functions with basically three buttons and two lights. The first light indicates if the pen is plugged in while the second one indicates if it is hot enough. There is a forward and backwards button for feeding the plastic through the device and a third button for speed control. As you get started, you don't want to go too fast, but too slow hinders you, too. Find a speed that works right for you and always pull the pen away from the plastic, never push through it. In other words, for right handed people, draw left to right, then turn paper, and repeat. If you mess up, you can always cut off the error, or remelt it, and reform what you need.
And, now for the giveaway. You're getting the pen, power supply, three spools of filament, and the instruction booklet (in a box). It is important to point out something about the power supply. It has a European plug. In order to use the pen, the winner must get their own travel adapter plug. They go for about $3 on Amazon. (Sorry, I don't have a spare. I have plenty of US to European plug adapters but not the other way around.) The giveaway is open to US residents who are 18+ and runs through 11:59pm EDT on 5/22/16, so you have three weeks to enter. Good luck.


Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

58 comments:

  1. The VR BOX VR02 3D VR Box Glasses.

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  2. I like the ORVIBO Smart Home Suit Wireless Remote Control System.

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  3. The Orvibo Smart Home looks pretty cool. I'd love to try that out!

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  4. I think their HBS-900 Sport Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Earphone Neckband Headset would make a good giveaway

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  5. The M755E5 Kids Tablet PC would be a cool giveaway.

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  6. I like the MP3 - 8013 Car Bluetooth V2.0 MP3 Player - BLACK 1

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  7. I like 6pcs Sencart 1500LM E27 15W SMD5730 96 LED Corn Light - DC 110 - 120V WARM WHITE LIGHT

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  8. This would be handy to have W-S018 2 in 1 Swivel Cordless Electric Robot Cleaner.

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  9. Inflatable Folding Sleeping Lazy Bag for Outdoor Camping would be fun with camping season coming soon!

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  10. VR box virtual glasses look cool.

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  11. I love the self stirring coffee cup! Brittney House

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  12. www.gearbest.com/usb-gadgets/pp_145925.html, www.gearbest.com/virtual-reality/pp_242012.html, or www.gearbest.com/virtual-reality/pp_288548.html were my favs

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  13. I think their HBS-900 Sport Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Earphone Neckband Headset would make a good giveaway.

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  14. I think the SJ7000 1080P 2.0 Inch Screen WiFi Waterproof 170 Degree Action Camera

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  15. I would love the W9C 1080P FHD 140 Degree Angle WiFi Action Camera - BLACK

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  16. I would love to see the W9C 1080P FHD 140 Degree Angle WiFi Action Camera! Looks super spiffy!

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  17. BAYANGTOYS X8 RC Quadcopter
    4 Channel 6 Axis Gyro 2.4G Drone

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  18. I would like to see a VR BOX VR02 3D VR Box Glasses giveaway.

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  19. My BF would love a coffee cup that stirs itself, for sure!

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  20. I would like to see a Inflatable Folding Sleeping Lazy Bag for Outdoor Camping.

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  21. I really need a new SD card for my camera. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I also love the OVEVO Z3 Melody Smart Bluetooth LED Light Music Speaker.

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  23. I like the Hooded Casual Letter Print Short Sleeve Print Dress.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  24. smart-wristband would be very nice.

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  25. They have so much stuff. I would like to see XuanWheel X1 Colorful Bicycle Wheel Spoke Light for my Grandson.

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  26. HUAXIANG 8971V 6 Channel 2.4G 6-axis-gyro Inverted Quadcopter

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  27. Technology is scary.....yet this is so cool. I could so see my kids going crazy with this

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  28. I would love to see the Sunvell T95 TV Box Metal Shell Google TV Player offered as a giveaway. I could use another TV box! Will NEVER go back to cable/DISH/DIRECTV again!

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  29. The 4.3 inch LCD Doorbell Peephole Viewer would be awesome!!

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  30. SJ7000 1080P 2.0 Inch Screen WiFi Waterproof 170 Degree Lens Sport
    amy williams
    sethandtjay at yahoo dot com

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  31. The "Inflatable Folding Sleeping Lazy Bag for Outdoor Camping" looks awesome. I would love to get these for my older grandchildren.

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  32. How about an Rc Racing car! Those are pretty cool!

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  33. I would like to see PHISUNG T600 5.0MP 1080P FHD 140 Degree Wide Angle Car Rearview Mirror DVR - SILVER in a giveaway.

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  34. My husband would like the RC cars or the Watch Repair Magnifier.

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  35. I wouldn't mind seeing the M755E5 Kids Tablet PC as a giveaway, Tablets are always useful.

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  36. I would love to see the ASTONVILLA Electric Violin 4 / 4 Popular Instrument up on this site for a giveaway or review. so awesome!

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  37. I would like to win the Baofeng Mojing D 3D VR Glasses Virtual Reality Headset with Controller Distance for Android - WHITE 171857204.

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  38. I would like to see the 4k action camera as a giveaway or the blackview A5 3G smartphone

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  39. I like the GitUp Git2 2K WiFi Action Camera.

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  40. I would like the inflatable folding sleeping lazy bag for outdoor camping.

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  41. I would like to see LK200S Bluetooth Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard Speaker given away.
    Nicole Carter

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  42. The virtual reality 3D glasses are fun.

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  43. i am excited to try the VR box virtual glasses

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  44. I think that the Inflatable Folding Sleeping Lazy Bag for Outdoor Camping would make for a nice giveaway :)

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  45. The "JXD 509W WIFI Real-time Transmission 2.4GHz / APP Control 720P CAM 4CH 6 Axis Gyro Quadcopter Headless Mode - BLACK "

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  46. GitUp Git2 2K WiFi Action Camera

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  47. I would love to see the DADI Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine - WHITE as a giveaway

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  48. I need a new grinder so I want the ULITE 9316U Electric Angle Grinder 100mm Portable Grinder.

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  49. The grab the coin banks and the ice trays!!!^_^

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  50. I would like to see you giveaway the Chic Knitted Women's Warm Fishtail Blanket. My daughter is begging for one of these. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  51. Would love the VR BOX VR02 3D VR Box Glasses

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  52. NEXBOX MXQ PRO TV Box 64Bit Android 5.1 - US PLUG BLACK

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  53. The W758M USB Drum Kit PC Desktop Electronic Drum Pad with 2 Sticks Foot Pedals - WHITE AND BLACK

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  54. F69 Smart BT Swimming Watch,,,Would be great....

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  55. Inflatable Folding Sleeping Lazy Bag for Outdoor Camping would be great!

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