CreoPop 3D Pen with Light Curing Ink
Who can surprise with a 3D pen now? On the market they are already presented in a very wide range for every taste, color and wallet. And among all this diversity, there is one 3D pen that stands out for its characteristics and capabilities. This pen is called - CreoPop and the word “Creo” in the title is not casual. Of course, we are not talking about crease freezing, this is just a marketing ploy. But there are also no ceramic nozzles warmed up to 200 degrees. The handle is completely safe and also does not require external power and does not have any wires. Interested in? Then welcome to cat.
Outwardly, the packaging looks very chic, the developers paid attention to the most insignificant details. This is already noticeable when you take the CreoPop box in hand.
Here there is both selective UV varnishing, and various design elements, such as a small silk tag.
The valve of the box lid is fixed with magnets, and the contents of the box are covered by a transparent door made of thick plastic with a protective sticker that guarantees the integrity of the contents before purchase.
By the way, the developers come from Tomsk. This is a fairly young startup that developed this product and managed to bring it to the international market. The CreoPop pen was launched on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, which even has a special sticker on the package. To launch this product at a foreign site, it was necessary to create a company there abroad, so the company appeared in Singapore, which was able to attract the investments of a large business angel and even the Singapore government.
Now the CreoPop pen is sold all over the world, and its main sales are in US retail in the form of large chain stores. And despite the production of components and assembly in China, the main element of this pen is its ink - a light-curing resin, which is produced only in Russia and from there it is delivered to China for final assembly. This avoids the appearance of cheap Chinese copies, since even after copying the components, in fact everything is quite simple in the pen, it will not be possible to use cheap substitutes for the main element of the pen - resin.
So, open the package by cutting the protective sticker.
Inside, we have a Russified instruction from Dadget, the pen itself and a set of ink from three standard inks in a vacuum package.
Everything is very well made, even on the cartridge packaging the logo is embossed with foil.
We remove the top layer of the packaging and see the English-language instruction under it, and under it a mat for drawing, some other instruction and a cord for charging.
There is no charge itself, it has now become fashionable not to charge with a USB output, it seems to me that this is the right decision since the number of charges at home is already exceeding the critical and there is no sense in one more, it would still be removed to the far box.
Lacing is the most common, belonging to the CreoPop handle gives out except that the purple shortcut. In general, CreoPop authors apparently liked this color, since everything is decorated with purple elements. Well, except that on the handle itself there is no such color.
A few words about the pen. She looks massive in appearance, but she is free in her hand, her weight is not very big.
Weight without a cartridge is only 77 grams, the cartridge weighs another 22. Total is less than 100 grams, much lighter than a modern smartphone, a child’s hand will not get tired.
In order to place the cartridge inside, just turn the two halves of the handle. The mechanism resembles a change in the lens on the camera, there are also contacts there and even the sound when opening the handle is similar.
In the packaging with cartridges, in addition to the containers themselves, there are also replaceable pen tips. Rubber tips, hardened resin particles are easily removed from them and the tip will never clog.
I had 5 replaceable tips. Two standard, two with a thick nose and one wide flat for painting large surfaces.
The pen already has a pre-charged battery, but it is better to charge it up to 100%.
When charging at the end of the handle, the red LED lights up, when the charge reaches 100%, it simply goes out.
After about 30-40 minutes, the pen was fully charged and I started the tests.
I took the very first steps on a special rug, tried different modes and speeds. There are 5 speeds, they are regulated by pressing the button with the clock, while the selected mode is confirmed by the indication of five LEDs.
To draw, you need to press the button next to the bottom. If you press once, the ink begins to be squeezed out of the nozzle at the selected speed, and the three ultraviolet LEDs located at the same end illuminate them. After you have drawn something, it is better to highlight this area again, for this you need to double-click the same button as when drawing. Then just the flash mode is turned on.
Here I want to scold CreoPop a little for excessive commitment to design. the fact is that the CreoPop rug is purple and glossy. LED backlighting gives a very strong reflection on such a rug and it is unpleasant for the eyes, in addition, since there are three LEDs, the objects are obtained with three shadows close to each other and the object seems to be blurred. It is best to use matte yellow or brown for drawing. In general, I quickly removed the complete mat to the side and began to try more interesting options.
One of the main advantages of this pen is the lack of heating. Rather, the ink itself warms up a bit during crystallization, but this is far from 200 degrees when working with ordinary plastic.
So, for starters, I decided to draw a volumetric stand for pens. He drew the base and then drew upright sticks to the base.
Further also in the air I connected them. I didn’t sing a couple of sticks, and they bent down, but it doesn’t matter, we are just learning and getting fit ...
After 20 minutes, the stand was ready.
It is quite functional. Even the thickness of one rod from a thin nozzle holds 3 handles. Although the resin is certainly not as durable as regular plastic from a 3D thermal pen. In some ways this may be a minus, but handles are usually used for decorative purposes. In addition, if you still need something more durable, just use the tip with a wide hole and draw in several layers.
And now for a more interesting experiment, I spied it on the official CreoPop channel. Since the pen cures ink with light, you can draw it directly on the glass of the tablet, circling the pictures.
I chose the Smurf picture for decoration.
It’s much more comfortable to draw, drawing lines with confidence, LED lighting doesn’t interfere much, you can choose the angle at which reflection will not get into your eyes.
A few minutes later, the circuit was ready. We highlight it better for better curing.
Since there is no black ink, I applied red over the blue outline. Cartridges can be changed at any time, there are no problems with changing the bar like with heated pens. Just opened it, took out the old one and inserted a new one. You can continue to draw.
Voila, the Smurf is ready. :)
He easily took off the tablet screen without leaving a trace. By the way ... If this pen can be drawn directly on the glass, why not try to draw on the window panes?
In childhood, many drew snowflakes on windows for the New Year with toothpaste? Now it can be done more technologically with the help of 3D pens, also in different colors. A translucent colored resin only contributes to this. The result is excellent :)
By the way, CreoPop has an ink range that glows in the dark, it seems to me that this ink is the best application for this - hand-painted Christmas motifs on glass.
So, what is the result.
From the pros:
- Comparing with a conventional 3D pen, CreoPop has a great advantage in that it does not contain heating elements.
- Does not have wires interfering with drawing.
- Also, there is no sticking out plastic at the back of the handle that can be confused with wires and does not contribute to the ease of drawing.
- A wide range of inks and more interesting drawing scenarios (directly on a tablet, window pane or skin).
Of the minuses, perhaps there are not so many points:
- The price is not from the budget segment and not for everyone.
- Branded consumables of only one company.
I would also like to note that despite the fact that the manufacturer claims the safety of UV radiation with a pen for the eyes, a long time observing the reflected UV spot still causes discomfort. It seems to me that the glasses are yellow or at least a matte beige mat for this pen will not be superfluous, well, or draw intermittently and take care of your eyes :)
In general, the device is interesting. It looks very presentable and has original functionality. The CreoPop 3D pen will be a chic gift for Christmas or New Year, and you can purchase it with a 10% discount on the GEEKT-CRE promotional code within 14 days from the publication of the review.
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