3D pens that bring doodling into a new dimension

Skip the paper; draw in the air.

3D drawn products on table
Create more with your pen.Amazon

Beginning in early childhood, we use drawing to bring our imaginary worlds to life. Unfortunately, no matter how many different colors of pencil and marker you use, the end results are still firmly confined to a flat surface. No longer: 3D doodle pens use gently heated and extruded plastic, turning a familiar device into something like a sculpting tool. Below, some of our favorite handheld 3D printers.

3Doodler Create+ Deluxe Leather Pen

3Doodler Create+ Deluxe Leather Pen

When it’s time to get serious.Amazon

The 3Doodler is a slightly more professional and feature-heavy version of the 3D pen, right down to its overall look, feel, and presentation. It’s not just for creating cool designs, they also encourage you to figure out ways to repair things or “hack” them to make them work better with a few quick handmade accessories. The leather-styled color options available with the basic kit include “Wood,” “Matte,” and “Glossy”— subdued and classy finishes, as opposed to the rainbow selection of the more kid-targeted brands. The pen itself is small, feels natural in your hand, and has six interchangeable nozzles. The accompanying 3Doodler app has easy-to-follow stencils and design ideas and direct access to your social media accounts to post your creations.

Mynt3D Junior 3D Pen

Mynt3D Junior 3D Pen

Built, not drawn.Amazon

Anticipating every parent’s first reaction to be “is this safe,” Mynt3D leads with their reassuringly comprehensive safety measures. Compatible with low-temperature, no-odor PCL (a bio-polyester), the pen also has intelligent temperature control so as to avoid any glue gun-like burns. The kit comes with a USB charging cable, instruction manuals, and stencils.

Kingele Slim Metal 3D Pen

Kingele Slim Metal 3D Pen

A work of art in itself.Amazon

One of the drawbacks of the 3D pen is that they can often feel bulky and not very “pen”-like in your hand. The Kingele is your slimmest hardware option, and feels lightweight and natural in your hand. In addition to an OLED display, the pen also includes adjustable speed controls that allow you to switch up how slow or fast the filaments come out of the pen, depending on your art style and skill level. This compact pen comes with three random colors of PLA filament, a USB cable, a screwdriver, and power adapter.