Perhaps the 3D pen is not as sophisticated as its beefier 3D printing brethren, but that doesn’t mean it’s incapable of producing some exceptional 3D pen art.
Using 3D pen templates and 3D pen stencils, it’s possible to create a wide variety of exceptional models and designs. And the freehand nature of the typical 3D pen means that once you’ve grown in confidence, you can graduate from the stencils to more improvisational works.
Sites like 3Doodler do a great job of encouraging a community around their 3D pens, and provide lots of free projects and resources to encourage your creativity. We’ve collected 15 of our favorite 3D pen templates here, ranging from seasonal follies to clever life-hacks; from playful toys to ambitious structures.
Did we miss any of your favorite designs? Let us know and we’ll add them in a future update.
This is a 3Doodler stencil where you can resurrect a terrible lizard from ancient times, otherwise known as the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Granted, molten plastic in bright colors is not as intimidating as slavering jaws and razor-sharp claws, and this T-Rex is distinctly smaller. But hey, dim the lights and squint your eyes, and mayhap you’ll achieve the desired effect. Jurassic Larks!
Ever hear of the butterfly effect? It’s the idea that when a real butterfly flaps its wings, a devastating hurricane materializes on the other side of the world. Well, when this butterfly flaps its wings, something similar happens. A shower of filament strands are scattered across the studio floor.
This bobblehead cowboy is a complex model, and will require multiple colors of filament, but the 3Doodler stencil does a pretty good job of laying out each stage with clear instructions. And since you’re going to the trouble, why stop at making just one? Build an army of bobblehead cowboys and stick ’em in the rear window of your car; fellow motorists will be entertained (but don’t blame us if the police pull you over).
This 3Doodler stencil ain’t no turkey. Except that it is. Literally, it’s a turkey. Why would you want to make a model of such a giant bird? Because it’s a pretty cool design, and would make a nice project for those long seasonal holidays when you need something interesting to do instead of sitting around watching TV. Just don’t try to eat it.
This is a 3Doodler stencil of a rhinoceros beetle. Don’t be alarmed, it won’t bite. It’s an inanimate chunk of plastic, that would be silly. Marvel instead that a 3D pen can be used to create something so intricate as to closely approximate one of the wonders of the natural world.
Here’s a simple idea for furnishing a fish bowl or aquarium. Create a submarine from this 3Doodler stencil, and the lightweight plastic means it will naturally float on the surface of the water. Though of course, if you’d rather have it nestle at the bottom then you can put some weights inside, too. For those fans of The Beatles, you could also try making it with yellow filament and other embellishments from the classic 1960s animated movie.
This is an easy but effective 3Doodler stencil, where you can upgrade a cup or mug with a nice message. Another useful technique you can learn here is how to affix a model to a solid object; those molten strands of filament also double as a functional adhesive. In 3D pen art circles this is known as mixed media.
Aw shucks, now ain’t this Easter Bunny the cutest thing you ever did see? It’s adorable! This is a 3Doodler stencil that’s definitely worth dusting off once a year, at least.
Make like Amelia Earhart with this airplane model, and explore the uncharted terrain of your studio, office, or wherever. The 3Doodler stencil also makes provision for a turning propeller. It’s not going to be fast enough to get this kite off the ground — that’s what your hands are for — but it’s a neat finishing touch.
This is one of the coolest 3D pen templates in the list. Like the airplane above, this model aircraft has a turning propeller and whirling blades. Let’s fly!
Our favorite 3Doodler stencil on this list of 3D pen templates is an action figure that looks like it belongs to a Saturday morning kids cartoon from the eighties. We’re getting some serious Masters of the Universe vibes from the armor and weaponry. The bug eyes and protruding tongue mark this fellow out as a member of Skeletor’s nefarious crew, without a shadow of a doubt.
This is a 3Doodler stencil of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Legend has it that applying the paint to the bridge is such a mammoth task, workers begin painting one end of the bridge as soon as they finish the other. You won’t have the same challenge making this smaller version.
Here’s another mixed media project, and a very striking one at that. Take a plain white t-shirt that you don’t mind sacrificing on the altar of creativity, and then carefully apply your design directly onto the surface. The fused filament will bond directly to the fabric of the t-shirt.
No bath-time is complete without a rubber ducky. But why put up with an mass-manufactured, injection-moulded monstrosity, when you can make a ducky of your very own? For further customization options, shake up the color scheme and substitute yellow for red. Or give the duck a sailor hat and an anchor tattoo on its wing, to further augment the maritime theme.
We picked this 3Doodler stencil because the subject is very close to our hearts here at ALL3DP. You may know it as a pretzel, but here in Germany we call it a brezel. Decorated with sprinkles of salt, this model looks plenty good enough to eat. Lecker!
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