Are 3d Pens Safe for All Ages

Are you wondering if 3d pens safe for all kids

Many people are always asking this question. This is being witnessed at a time where there is a lot of hype on 3D pens. This kind of pen has revolutionized drawing making it possible to sketch images in three dimensions. Vaguely referred to as handheld 3D printers, these pens extrude a plastic substance that solidifies once exposed to air. But, how kid-safe are the pens? To find an answer we need to look at the following issues:

Ease of Use

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3D pens work by heating some sort of plastic which is extruded through the pen’s tip. On paper, using the pen may seem pretty simple. This is evidenced by the many videos that show adults using the pen as if it was an ordinary pen. However, in reality it is not. A person needs to be extremely patient and careful so as not to create a mess. This may happen when the unsteady hand scatters the heated PLA or ABS plastic or resin. Will a 3, 4, or 6 year old have the patience to firmly hold the pen while doodling?

Heating Element

3D pens come in all manner of types, sizes, shapes, colors and much more. Nonetheless, they all follow a similar approach which is to heat the plastic-like material that is contained inside the pen’s tube or chamber. The heating element is usually located near the metallic tip and can get really hot. In fact, some pens come with a technology that lowers the temperature when not in use. Accidentally touching the tip may cause burns to the skin, clothing, and on other objects. How safe is a hot tip to small children starting to learn drawing?

Material Used

When looking at 3d pens safety, parents, guardians, teachers and other concerned parties also pay attention to the materials used. Over time, different kinds of materials have been discovered. Nonetheless, plastic remains the most common. ABS and PLA plastic are most common followed by resins. The molten plastic is released via a metallic tip and will be quite hot. While using the pen it is vital to focus on not touching the artwork until it has completely solidified and cooled.

Power Supply

Although there are some pens that operate using rechargeable batteries, most of the 3D pens found in the market are powered from a 110 to 220 volt power outlet. The pen’s internal mechanism steps the power down to about 12 volts. This is why most pens will come with a cord or wire attached to the pen’s end. To avoid any risk of getting an electric shock, the pen manufacturers use safe technology that includes high-grade plastic and strong cords. But, what is the likelihood of kids pulling or tearing the cord while using the pen?


Quite a number of 3D pens feature a flexible cord that powers the pen. The leghth of the wire will vary from supplier to supplier but is normally quite long. Furthermore, it is made from a highly flexible material that can easily be maneuvered while drawing. What’s more, it is made from material that is resistant against the elements and doesnt conduct electricity. Unfortunately, the cord may get entangled during use causing inconvenience as well as messy drawing.

UV 3D Pens

Ultra Violet (UV) 3D pens are the latest additions in the market. Unlike the ordinary pens that heat the plastic and allow it to cool naturally, UV pens feature a special resin that cools down when exposed to UV rays that are emitted by the pen. This has done away with the electrical cords, hot tip, and shortened the time taken to cool the resin.  Unfortunately, no conclusive research has been done on the safety of UV-based 3D pens.

3D pens have taken drawing and sketching to a new level. It is now possible to have three-dimensional images almost instantly. However, looking at the above aspects, the pen is best suited for mature kids and kids with supervision by adults who can pen safely. Younger kids run the risk of touching the hot metal tip, creating a mess, unhooking the cord. Great supervision from adults is needed when kids are using this pen. So, are 3d pens safe for all ages? The simple answer is yes with supervision