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[T]he Maker Pen is a major update to the "3D Pen". It can now do a whole lot more! The Maker Pen has its own watch-style menu [...] that lets you pick from a much wider variety of colors [...] and shapes [...] and do useful stuff like clone those shapes! [...] The Maker Pen can do a lot, so it may take a while to learn the tips and tricks.
 
— Against Gravity, Update Page


Rec Room Live Building with Meriesa

Rec Room Live Building with Meriesa

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About

The maker pen is one of the tools that are available in the Backpack Menu of the Watch Menu. A simplified version of the maker pen is used in 3D Charades. The maker pen replaced the former 3D Pen and can be used to create objects that consist of primitive 3D shapes (spheres, boxes, etc.) of various colors, as well as spawn in props from all of the #RecRoomOriginal Rooms (excludes Bowling). It can also be used to program interactive environments and to configure built-in objects. For examples of what you can do with the maker pen, have a look at the Maker Pen Community.

Maker Pen in 3D Charades

Maker Pen Basic mode

Maker pen menu in 3D Charades.

The default maker pen in 3D Charades is a simplified, red version of the maker pen that allows you to create tubes, boxes, and spheres (more precisely: ellipsoids) in various colors, which you can select in the maker pen menu. No other functions of the maker pen are available for this version. (However, in a Custom Room based on 3D Charades, a regular maker pen can be used.)

Apart from the limited functions, the main difference between the Charades version and the full version of the maker pen is that you don't need to press "Done Editing" in the Charades version; instead you turn the most recently created shapes into a physical maker pen object by picking up any of these shapes.

The rest of this page is only concerned with the full version of the maker pen.

Basic Functions

Backpack active

Tools tab of the Backpack menu.

Starting Using the Maker Pen

To use the maker pen, you need retrieve it from your Backpack Menu by tapping the “Use” button next to the maker pen in the Tools tab. If it has been set as your “Favorite”, it can be retrieved by reaching over your shoulder and pulling the trigger, much like the map in Rec Royale. Players on Junior accounts cannot use the maker pen.

Stopping Using the Maker Pen

To stop using the maker pen, just drop it like any other object; i.e., with the "drop" button. If you drop it over your back it will despawn. It will also despawn once it exits a bubble of an approximate 2 metre radius around the player.

If you want to save your maker pen creations, you have to make them in a Custom Room and save the room. Rec Room developers have stated that there are plans to allow saving and loading maker pen objects across rooms.

Maker pen tools tab

Maker pen and maker pen menu on top of it.

Opening and Using the Maker Pen Menu

To open the maker pen menu, you have to rotate the maker pen such that you look directly at its top.

You can select buttons and tabs of the maker pen menu in the same way as in the Watch Menu; i.e., by using your other controller to tap on the menu.

Expert Tip: Lock the Position of the Menu

You can lock the position of the maker pen menu in the same way as with the Watch Menu, i.e., with the "drop" button.

Opening and Closing the Palette

Palette and maker pen
The top-left button of the maker pen menu opens the Palette, which is used to select shapes, colors, gadgets, props, as well as settings of the maker pen and settings of other objects.

The Palette can be closed with the same button on the maker pen menu, with the top-right button on the Palette, or by dropping the maker pen.

Creating and Editing Shapes

Palette shapes

Shapes and Colors tab of the Palette.

In the "Shapes and Colors" tab of the Palette, you can select one of several types of shapes. To create a shape of the selected type, pull and hold the trigger of the maker pen and physically move the maker pen in space. Release the trigger to fix the shape. Pull the trigger again to create additional shapes. To create shapes of different types or colors, select a different shape type or color on the Palette, and pull the trigger again.

With your free hand, you can pick up shapes to rotate and move them.

Creating a shape activates the "Edit mode" of the maker pen, which is indicated by the grayed-out "Edit" button. In "Edit mode", the maker pen affects individual shapes.

Expert Tip: Large Shapes

You cannot teleport while creating a shape, but you can fly and walk or swipe-rotate your view each time you reach the edge of your tracking space, which allows you to create very large shapes. This is preferable to scaling with the Scale button if you want to create objects of specific sizes.

Creating and Editing Maker Pen Objects

Maker pen tools tab

Maker pen menu in "Edit mode": the "Edit" button is grayed out and the "Done Editing" button is available.

Maker pen tools tab2

Maker pen menu in "Object mode": the "Edit" button is available but the "Done Editing" button is grayed out.

Maker pen objects are sets of shapes that form a rigid body; i.e., their shapes move together (unless the maker pen object is in "Edit mode"). Note that the shapes of a maker pen object do not have to touch each other: they may be arbitrarily far apart from each other.

You create a maker pen object simply by creating one or more shapes. Initially, the new maker pen object is in "Edit mode"; i.e., you can add more shapes to the maker pen object and edit its individual shapes as described above. Also, no one else can manipulate the shapes that you are editing.

To stop "Edit mode" (and activate "Object mode"), tap "Done Editing" at the bottom of the maker pen menu or drop the maker pen. Once "Edit mode" is stopped for a maker pen object, all its shapes move together. If you now create a new shape, that shape will be part of a new maker pen object without affecting the other maker pen object that is no longer in "Edit mode". To activate "Edit mode" for a maker pen object again, use the Edit button. As mentioned, this button is not available if the maker pen is already in "Edit mode" for another object. In this case, you have to stop "Edit mode" for the other object by tapping "Done Editing" first and then use the Edit button to activate "Edit mode" for the object that you want to edit.

In "Object mode", the maker pen affects objects (instead of shapes). Here, objects include maker pen objects as well as gadgets and props from the Palette.

Expert Tip: Reasons You Cannot Teleport onto a Maker Pen Object

The most common reasons why you cannot teleport onto a maker pen object are: 1) there is not enough space above the object for your avatar (try to duck or sit down), 2) the object is in "physical" or "decoration" mode (see next section), 3) the object is in "Edit mode", 4) someone holds the object in their hand, and 5) there are bugs that prevent you from teleporting onto the object.

Modes of Maker Pen Objects

First some words about two important modes of the maker pen: "Edit mode" and "Object mode". By default the maker pen is in "Object mode". Creating a new shape (and thereby a new maker pen object) or using the Edit button activates "Edit mode" for the maker pen and one maker pen object. Tapping the "Done Editing" button or dropping the maker pen, stops "Edit mode" and activates "Object mode". Thus, the maker pen is only in "Edit mode" if there is a maker pen object that is also in "Edit mode". At any time, there can only be one maker pen object that is in "Edit mode".
Maker pen edit menu

The "Configure Object" page in the Palette for maker pen objects.

Apart from "Edit mode", there are several other modes of maker pen objects. Most of them are selected with the Configure mode.

  • Decoration: In this mode, a maker pen object can be grabbed and moved by all players, but cannot move on its own, and will not collide with anything.
  • Environment: This is the default mode for maker pen objects that are not in "Edit mode". These objects can be grabbed and moved by all players, but they cannot move on their own; e.g., it is not possible to throw them.
  • Physical: In this mode, a maker pen object can be grabbed and moved by all players and it has physical properties, in particular a mass and a velocity of initially 0 m/s. However, a physical object has no physical properties while it is selected (see Select), frozen (see Freeze), being edited (see Edit), stuck to another player, or held by another player. The center of gravity of a physical maker pen object is determined by the positions and(!) sizes of its shapes. You cannot teleport onto physical objects.
  • Frozen: In this mode, a maker pen object cannot be grabbed nor edited by anyone. You have to unfreeze the object with the Freeze mode to edit it again.
  • Selected: Maker pen objects can be selected with the Select, Configure, and Freeze modes. Selected objects are highlighted with a yellowish color. Selected objects cannot move on their own; e.g., they don't fall down due to gravity even if they are in physical mode.
  • Stuck to another object: A physical maker pen object can be stuck to other objects (including other maker pen objects, the ground, players, and props from the Palette) by releasing it when in contact with another object. In order to stick a maker pen object to another object, it is usually best to hold both objects with your hands. If a maker pen object is stuck to another object, it will temporarily lose its physical properties and follow the movements of the other object. This also means that it no longer reacts to collisions with other objects. Sticking maker pen objects to other maker pen objects is discussed in more detail below.
  • Held by a player: Technically, this is yet another mode in which maker pen objects temporarily behave in a special way, for example, they cannot be grabbed by other players.

Limited Maker Pen "Ink"

There is a limited amount of shapes, objects, gadgets, and props that you can create with a maker pen in a room. The amount of remaining shapes is represented by the length of the ink/glue stick at the top of the maker pen and the bar at the top of the Palette. The available amount of shapes depends on several factors: other props in the room, the types of shapes, the length of ribbons and tubes, the number of maker pen objects, the modes of maker pen objects, etc. Note that the available amount of shapes neither depends on the size of shapes (except for the length of tubes and ribbons) nor on whether objects are frozen.

Expert Tip: How to Increase the Amount of "Ink"

  • Put as many shapes into each maker pen object as possible. (Each maker pen object costs some ink, but each shape that is part of a maker pen object is much(!) cheaper than a new maker pen object.)
  • Use "decoration" mode instead of "environment" mode for as many maker pen objects as possible. (Decoration objects cost about half the ink of environment objects.)
  • Avoid long tubes and ribbons. (Long boxes, cylinders, or ellipsoids are much cheaper.)

Maker Pen Menu

Maker pen tools tab

Maker pen menu in "Edit mode": the "Edit" button is grayed out and the "Done Editing" button is available.

Maker pen tools tab2

Maker pen menu in "Object mode": the "Edit" button is available but the "Done Editing" button is grayed out.

To open the maker pen menu, you have to rotate the maker pen such that you look directly at its top. You can select buttons of the maker pen menu in the same way as in the Watch Menu; i.e., by using your other controller to tap on the menu.

Note that there are two versions of the maker pen menu: "Edit mode" (the maker pen affects shapes) and "Object mode" (the maker pen affects objects: maker pen objects, gadgets, and props).

Open Palette and Close Palette

The top-left button of the maker pen menu opens and closes the Palette.

Snap

The "Snap" checkbox activates move and rotation snapping, which is configured in the "Settings" tab of the Palette.

Edit

The "Edit" button allows you to select a maker pen object by pointing a ray at it and pulling the trigger. This activates "Edit mode" for the object and the maker pen. "Edit mode" allows you to manipulate the shapes of an object and add new shapes. You can exit "Edit mode" by tapping the "Done Editing" button.

If “Fade world in edit mode” is checked in the "Settings" tab of the Palette (on by default), everything except that which you are editing will be faded in to white by a noticeable amount. This makes it a lot simpler to understand when an object is in "Edit mode."

Create

The "Create" button activates a mode to create a new instance of the currently selected shape, gadget, or prop from the Palette. This mode is automatically activated when you select a new shape, gadget, or prop in the Palette. To position the new shape or object, move your controller before you release the trigger.

Select

The "Select" button activates a mode that allows you to select and unselect shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") and objects (in "Object mode"). The group of selected shapes or objects are moved, rotated, cloned, deleted, and scaled together. You can include a shape or object in this group of selected shapes/objects by tapping the "Select" button, pointing with the green ray from the maker pen at a shape or object, and pulling the trigger. Pulling the trigger again while you point the green ray at the same shape or object will unselect it.

You can select multiple shapes or objects by selecting one and then instead of releasing the trigger swiping the ray over additional shapes or objects. Analogously, you can unselect multiple objects with one swipe. You can unselect all selected shapes or objects by pulling the trigger in "Select" mode by aiming away from any shape or object.

Move

The "Move" button activates a mode that allows you to move shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") and objects (in "Object mode"). After activating it, you can point the green ray from the maker pen at any unfrozen object, pull the trigger, and move the maker pen to move the shape or object. This works even if the object is far away.

If snapping is activated, then this mode does not rotate shapes and objects; otherwise the rotation is around the center of the maker pen.The snap grid is specified in the "Settings" tab of the Palette.

Rotate

The "Rotate" button activates a mode that allows you to rotate shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") or objects (in "Object mode"). After activating it, you can point the green ray from the maker pen at any unfrozen object, pull the trigger, and rotate the maker pen to rotate the object around its center. This works even if the object is far away.

If snapping is activated, rotation angles are snapped to discrete angles as specified in the "Settings" tab of the Palette.

Scale

The "Scale" button activates a mode that allows you to scale shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") or any objects including props (in "Object mode"). After activating it, you can point the white ray from the maker pen at any unfrozen object, pull the trigger, and move the maker pen to scale the shape or object (uniformly in all directions).

Expert Tip: Scaling Gizmos

If you scale a gizmo (i.e. Rotator), its movement will scale appropriately, e.g. if a rotator gizmo is scaled down to half of its regular size, its RPM will be equal to half of the input RPM.

Wire

The "Wire" button activates a mode that allows you to connect the pins of gadgets and props that have pins to construct complex Circuits. After activating it, you can point the ray from the maker pen at a pin, pull the trigger, move the ray to the pin that you want to connect, and then release the trigger. You can disconnect a connection by following a similar process starting with an input pin: i.e., point at the input pin (on the left side of a chip or object), pull the trigger, point away from any pins, and release the trigger.

You can get information about most pins (function of input pins and current values of output pins) by pointing with the ray from the maker pen at a pin for about 2 seconds. Note that this will work with any maker pen ray, not just with the Wire tool.

The Wire mode is also used to connect the top part (axle) and the body of Gizmos to other objects (maker pen objects, props, or other gizmos). The process of connecting and disconnecting is very similar to the way pins are connected and disconnected, but you have to aim at the top part and the body of the gizmo and the other object. Note that you can connect maker pen object but not maker pen shapes, thus, you might have to use the "Done Editing" button to turn a shape into an object. Also note, that you cannot edit maker pen objects once they are connected to a gizmo: you have to disconnect them before you can edit them.

Expert Tip: 3 Reasons Why You Cannot Connect Objects

The most common reasons are 1) objects are frozen (unfreeze them before connecting them), 2) you are trying to connect a shape (turn it into a maker pen object by clicking the "Done Editing" button), 3) you can only connect one object to the body of the gizmo.

Configure

Maker pen shape settings

The "Configure Object" page in the Palette for maker pen shapes.

Maker pen edit menu

The "Configure Object" page in the Palette for maker pen objects.

The "Configure" mode allows you to select an object (if in "Object mode") or a maker pen shape (if in "Edit mode") by pointing a yellow ray at it and pulling the trigger. This activates the "Configure Object" page for the object or the shape. These pages appear on the Palette.

In the "Configure Object" page for maker pen shapes, you can specify the mass density of a shape. This density is multiplied with an approximate volume of the shape to compute the mass of the shape. For example, a box of 0.2 m x 0.2 m x 0.2 m has a volume of 0.008 m3. If the density is set to 1000 kg/m3 (approximately the density of water) then the mass of the box is 0.008 m3 x 1000 kg/m3 = 8 kg.

In the "Configure Object” page for objects, you can activate "Respawn" and specify a delay time which will make the object respawn at its current position after it has been moved away from this position and the specified delay time has passed. The "Physics Mode" allows you to choose between “decoration” mode (objects will not collide and cannot move on their own), "environment" mode (objects cannot move on their own) and "physical" mode (objects can move according to their mass and velocity, etc.).

"Edit Tags?" allows you to add object tags (i.e. text labels) to objects. These can be used by Set Tags ChipsLookAt Gizmos, Trigger Volume, Object Respawners, Respawn Points, and Pickup Restrictions of Roles.

Expert Tip: How to Configure an Object in "Edit Mode"?

In "Edit mode", the "Configure" mode opens the configuration for a shape. If you want to access the configuration for an object instead, you first have to exit "Edit mode" (e.g., by tapping "Done Editing" or dropping the maker pen) and then use the "Configure" mode in "Object mode".

Expert Tip: Configuring Props and Gadgets

With the "Configure" mode, you can activate respawning for props and configure many settings for gadgets and props.

Clone

The "Clone" button activates a mode that duplicates shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") or objects (in "Object mode"). After activating it, you can point the blue ray from the maker pen at a shape or an object and pull the trigger to duplicate the shape or object. Move the maker pen while pulling the trigger to separate the clone from the original.

If the shape or object that you are cloning is part of the selected shapes/objects, the whole selection is cloned, and the cloned shapes or objects are selected.

Recolor

In "Edit mode", the "Recolor" button activates a mode that changes the color of individual shapes. After activating it, you can point the white ray from the maker pen at a shape and pull the trigger to change its color to the color that is currently selected in the "Shapes and Colors" tab of the Palette. In "Object mode", the "Recolor" tool may be used to change the color of a props from the Palette, namely the paintbrush and meeples.

Freeze

You can freeze an object with the "Freeze" mode: tap the "Freeze" button, then aim with the ray from the maker pen at an object and pull the trigger. Frozen objects are never in "Edit mode" and they do not move. A frozen object cannot be picked up, nor cloned, scaled, moved, rotated, wired, or deleted. Freezing objects provides a way of protecting objects from accidentally being picked up or being deleted as well as a way to stop other players from modifying an object. To unfreeze an object, you have to use the "Freeze" tool again.

Expert Tip: Freezing Physical Objects in Mid-Air

Physical objects fall down when you don't hold them. To freeze them in mid-air, use the Select mode to select them, then move them into position, and then freeze them.

Delete

The "Delete" button activates a mode that deletes shapes (when they are in "Edit mode") and objects (in "Object mode"). After activating it, you can point the red ray from the maker pen at a shape or object and pull the trigger to delete the shape or object.

Expert Tip: Deleting Props and Gadgets

"Objects" include not only maker pen objects but also props and gadgets.

Undo and Redo

These functions are currently under development.

Done Editing

The "Done Editing" button stops the "Edit mode" for the maker pen object and its shapes that are currently being edited. This puts the maker pen object into "decoration", "environment", "physical" mode, which can be changed with the Configure mode. To activate "Edit mode" for a maker pen object again, use the Edit button. (The Edit button is not available if the maker pen is in "Edit mode" for another object. In this case, you have to activate "Object mode" by tapping "Done Editing" first.)

Former Names of Maker Pen Modes

Edit Shapes

See Edit.

Connect

See Wire.

Settings

See Configure.

DONE

See Done Editing.

For Advanced Users: Compositions of Maker Pen Objects

By sticking physical maker pen objects to other maker pen objects, you can build complex compositions of objects with a hierarchical structure (similar to a family tree). This hierarchical structure is important when picking and deleting parts of these compositions (as well as for understanding which part of a composition can react to collisions with other objects).

Expert Tip: This feature might disappear in future versions of Rec Room

The developers of Rec Room have indicated that they plan to remove the feature of sticking physical maker pen objects to other objects.

Expert Tip: How to Stick a Maker Pen Object to Another Maker Pen Object

In order to stick one physical maker pen object to another maker pen object, either hold both objects in your two hands, or first stick one of them to the ground, yourself, or another static object before sticking the other maker pen object to it.

The hierarchical structure of each composition consists of exactly one "root object" and zero or more "children objects" to this root object. When you stick one single maker pen object to another single maker pen object (or a built-in object), the former maker pen object becomes the child of the latter maker pen object (or built-in object), which becomes the root of the composition. Each of the "children objects" may be parent to zero or more additional children objects. If you stick a maker pen object to a maker pen object that is part of a composition, the former maker pen object becomes the child of the latter maker pen object, which itself may be the child of another object in the composition.

When you try to pick up a maker pen object that is part of a composition, you will pick up not only the object that is marked by the green silhouette, but also all its children and children of children etc., i.e., all of its descendants in the hierarchical structure of the composition.

All maker pen objects that are stuck to something lose their physical properties. Thus, only the root object of a composition determines the movement and reacts to collisions with other objects.

Expert Tip: Compositions That Can Collide Correctly

If you want a maker pen object in a composition to react to collisions, the maker pen object has to be the root object of the composition.