Working pen toolhead designed by a ZMorph user. Just print it and start drawing with your 3D printer.
Paolo Fiaschi recently bought an older ZMorph machine and started tinkering with it. Taking advantage of its modularity, he came up with an idea for a plastic pen holder. Mounted on the X carriage, it becomes a unique pen toolhead able to draw beautiful shapes and images. You can download his design for free and try it yourself!
How to print the pen toolhead
Original design files fit older ZMorph machines up to 2.0 model and they’re available on Designfutures. If you own ZMorph 2.0 S or the latest ZMorph 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer, then you should download and print the updated design that we prepared.
You can print the parts without any support. Once you have them all, it’s quite easy to assemble them and fit the pen.
How to draw with the pen toolhead
In order to use the 3D printed pen toolhead, you need to mount it on the X carriage of the machine and choose CNC PRO toolhead in the menu. Fit in the pen inside and calibrate the machine. We recommend that you place the tip of the pen slightly below the surface of the table to press it because the plastic parts tend to bent up a little.
To draw with Paolo’s DIY toolhead you’ll need a DXF vector image. You can use free Inkscape software to convert any JPG file to vectors. Also, please note that the pen works best with clear outlines and can’t recreate perfect shades.
In Voxelizer software open 2D milling workflow and import the DXF file. Due to safety reasons, you won’t be able to set 0 mm material height so we recommend setting 0.1 mm material height instead. With the pen pressed to the table during calibration, you should be able to draw images on paper and cardboard. Generate drill patterns and launch the file on your ZMorph multitool 3D printer.
Print, draw, and share
Paolo did a great job with this design even if using it requires some effort. We needed a few attempts to get our pen toolhead to draw but once we found a perfect calibration setting, the results were just amazing. Thank you for sharing this awesome design with our community!
Let us know if you decided to print this DIY toolhead and send us your drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org.