Dremel 3D20 Idea Builder

Very simple access and start-up so that you can basically start within minutes after unpacking. I checked some tests before and the print quality was cited to be among the best of low-cost entry 3D printers. Well, I tended to use it at least partly to supplement my scale-modelling hobby and soon discovered that neither in 1/35 nor in 1/72 the print quality of figurines is similar would be sufficient to use for modelling. Structures, gadgets etc. work on the other hand very well for dioramas.

The customer service is very good based on my (one) experience where the printer just did not want to print and the step-by-step guide they provided me on a Saturday solved the problem immediately.

The Dremel software is lacking a lot, but Dremel is cooperating with Autodesk and Print Studio supports the Dremel which helps a lot and makes printing a lot easier with that software.

Biggest downside is the frequent need to level the print platform (again this might be always the case, as I have comparison to other printers) and if the level is not within tiny (but achievable) limits, the print will fail.

I use my printer at home and we also have one at work where I demonstrate it building there as well.  Have always had great customer service both from Mitre10 and Bosch.  Love using it and making lots of products with it.  Next step is learning to make and print my own designs

This printer is simple plug and play right out of the box with good build quality. Combine that with a decent size build platform, amazing cusotomer service, and a great price tag and Dremel has done well with this entry level printer. The software that Dremel includes is simple to use and makes the whole interface very nice. I have been using the printer very frequently for over a year with no issues and it shows no signs of slowing down. The only downside is that it is designed to only fit the Dremel brand filament. However, this can be easily overcome by re-routing the plastic tube used for guiding the filament out the back or side of the printer through one of the several vent holes, which conveniently fit the tube perfectly, and then using an external spool mount.

This is my 3rd 3D printer in just 6 weeks. 1 a Flashforge died in the very 1st minute of printing. The 2nd, an XYZprinting DaVinci was terrible. If youre only as good as your slicing software, their software is terrible so I could not print anything other than their sample prints

Dremel software lets me do what I need to do.

Customer service is more than a little dense. No matter what issue I reported, they re-worded the problem completely and made the issue my fault. Got it working soon enough though

Very easy to get going with this printer.  Simple setup, easy leveling.  I use it separated from my computer, have never connected it.  Simply insert a flashcard with models on it, select one and hit print.  That being said, the supplied Dremel slicer software is pretty bare bones, not worth using.  They do however offer a free download of Autodesk Print Studio, which is great, and a must really.  If you need to break up models further then you will need to find a third party software option.  The unit came missing a rubber foot, but customer service was quick to respond and send one out free of charge.  Well pleased with this printer, definitely recommend.

I have a bunch of these in my classroom.  I should state that we have Ultimaker 2s, Dremel 3D20s, Dremel 3D40s and a FormLabs 2.  So, those are my comparisons.  We had a bunch of Makerbot Replicator 2s when I first started here, and after having to take them apart on a daily basis we went with these.  I have over 500 hours of prints on each of these printers, and I just now had to repair one at 770 hours with a build that went crazy.  These printers are very reliable.  I changed the print bed tape that came with it after 250 hours, and it was still going pretty strong.  If you go through Dremel, there is also some education software it comes with too.  I really have nothing bad to say about this except that it is not as easy to level as the 3D40.  It does not have the level of quality as the best print youd find on an Ultimaker 2, and no where near the quality you get out of a SLA printer like the FormLabs 2.  That being said, its cheaper than those models, and it can handle being printed on a daily basis in my classroom.

Ive used a lot of different desktop 3D printers, assembled some professionally, and used a few Dremel 3D20s so I knew what I was getting into when I bought my printer. Its a good value and if you want to print PLA day and night, this is your printer. Ive never had a jam or clog with this machine, ever (knock on wood). I printed out a mod for the extruder, so now I can print flexible material just as easily.

The Dremel build surface is like BuildTak and works very well. The bed is easily removable. I bought a second bed, so I can keep on printing, while Im removing a print. Its pretty quiet. Print quality is very good and squishing the first layer a bit leaves a smooth bottom layer. What I like best about this printer is that its reliable.

The downside… The desktop software isnt the best, but it works great with Simplify3D. Bed leveling can be a little annoying and the acrylic beds arent perfectly flat, I find are a little high in the center.

Note: The CF card attached to the main board always gets unseated when this model printer ships. Youll have to get to the main board, take out the CF cards, remove the hot glue they use to secure the card in the port (I know, crazy) and pop it back in. Should work fine after that.

Overall a great printer and Im very happy with it.

so the dremel idea maker is my first 3d printer so i dont have a vast wealth of knowledge to compare it to. so i opted for this model of the 2 other 3d printers that argos was offering it was more expensive but dremel make great multi tools so i figured it was better to go with a brand i knew of. i was literally printing out of the box within 5 minets the set up was very easy just adjusting the highest three points at was all very self explanatory. it comes with some pre programmed shapes so just selected and away you go. a couple of things to remember the slicing software from dremel exports as there own type of file not an stl file but you can import an stl and once its sliced it exports at there file, i invested in simplify 3d, the main reason for this is that the dremel software is very simple and doesnt give you an option to add support structure which simplify3d does and it exports files in both stl and dremel files. finaly i also had issues with things sticking to the bed (they didnt) i added a sticky sheet which you get a couple of with the printer but things just kept popping off, i uses glue sticks but didnt make much differnace now i use carpet tape !  nothing moves and every print comes out now matter how skinny and tall the object is. it may take a little time to clean the tape off the print plate (i use a sticky stuff remover cleaning liquid which takes it off in seconds) but i rather spend 5 minuets cleaning off a bed than having several hours of prints ruined. all in all i think its a great machine and after talking to people who own different makes of printer Im vey happy with how little trouble i have with this machine

This printer is a good start for beginners.

My only advice if you wanna purchase this 3dprinter: Buy simplify3D  The dremel software is really bad…

Im talking about a second-hand printer (300h print ) repaired by me with parts coming out of service in 10 days. The components are dedicated and I preferred to exchange with the original. Everything was 30% more expensive than any compatible one. If anyone needs details they can do a more complete tutorial. If he had hotbed and self-calibration would be very good. As 3D design software I work with SolidWorks exporting in .stl format. I am from Romania.

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Dremel 3D printer review The Dremel Idea Builder

The Dremel 3D printer branded the Idea Builder is simple to set up and simple to use. It is the closest weve seen to an out-of-the-box plug and play experience. It works well for its intended users casual hobbyists and educators. However, it is limited in terms of print size, materials, and the ability to customize the device, making it a poor choice for those with more advanced needs.

When the Dremel 3D printer branded the Idea Builder was introduced in late 2014, it was the first entry into the 3D printer marketing by a well-known manufacturer. Already trusted in the hobbyist and maker communities for their rotary power tools, 3D printing was a natural extension for the Dremel brand.

Built in partnership with Chinese 3D printer maker FlashForge, the Dremel 3D printer is everything you would expect from a company like Dremel. It is well packaged, well built, intuitive, and works out of the box without a lot of hassle.

The time from unboxing to printing with the Idea Builder is among the fastest weve seen. Simply take the printer out of the box, remove some Styrofoam packing inserts and plug it in. Then load the filament, adhere the built tape to the build platform and level the platform (more on those steps in a moment) and youre ready to go. For most users the process should take no more than thirty minutes.

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The Dremel 3D printer is fully enclosed, which serves two purposes. First, this helps the device maintain a stable temperature during builds, increasing the print quality. Second, it serves as a safety feature, especially important in a school or family environment with young children.

One of the best features of the Idea Builder is the user interface on the device. It is a full color touchscreen with an intuitive menu structure and interface. During a build it displays information about the progress and time remaining.

The build envelope, or maximum size object that can be printed by the device, is on the smaller side at 9 x 5.9 x 5.5. While this should be fine for casual hobbyists and school users, it is important to be aware especially of the 5.5 inch height limitation.

Lets talk about filament. The good news is that loading the filament is easy, especially with help from the aforementioned touchscreen interface. The bad news is that the device only supports PLA, and users are limited to Dremels proprietary filament. It is possible with some effort to modify the device to accept generic PLA brands, but this voids the warranty. For reference, the current price per kilogram of Dremel filament is a little over twice the price of Hatchbox PLA.

The acrylic print bed is also a good news/bad news scenario. Compared to other 3D printers, it is quite easy to level. The device interface guides the user through the process, which is performed with three easily accessible thumbscrews. It can also be easily removed, making it easier to extract your finished part. The bad news is that the print bed is not heated, which can result in reduced print quality due to warping.

The Idea Builder comes with Dremels own 3D software for preparing models for printing. It is easy to use and provides basic functionality such as positioning, rotating and scaling models. For more advanced functionality like adding supports, users will need to download another package such asAutodesk MeshMixer.

The print quality that can be achieved with the Dremel 3D printer is good, but not outstanding. The minimum layer height of 0.1 mm that corresponds to the high resolution setting is par for the course for consumer 3D printers. The lack of a heated print bed as mentioned previously does detract some from the quality, but for the casual hobbyist or educator this shouldnt matter much.

While we didnt encounter any problems with the Dremel 3D printer, some users have reported a tendency for the print head to clog, and others have noted challenges in removing filament. However, most users report that the device is reliable and performs well over time.

One of the best things Dremel brings to the table is the quality of their US-based support. Users have reported that the support team is very responsive and knowledgeable. Dremel products, including filament, are distributed through Home Depot, which may be more convenient for some users as opposed to waiting for items to be shipped.

Dremel hosts an online community forsharing of designsandcommunity support. While the design community has a decent number of interesting models, the community discussion section seems to be inactive. Models can also be used from other communities such asThingiverseandPinshape.

Dremel is known for easy-to-use and useful hobbyist tools. The Idea Builder, their first foray into the 3D printer market, fits well with the Dremel brand. It is among the easiest 3D printers to set up and use, and delivers an outstanding experience for the casual hobbyist or for educators looking to incorporate basic 3D printing skills into their curriculum. It is lacking some features that the more advanced enthusiast would desire, but if you are seeking a no hassle entre into 3D printing then the Dremel Idea Builder should be on your short list.

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The Dremel 3D45 is a closed-frame desktop 3D printermade by Dremel, a manufacturer based in the United States. This educational 3D printer is the updated version of the3D40.

This3D printer suits educational and professional environments as well as maker spaces. Indeed,Dremel 3D45 3D printers are stackableand users can network them together.

The 3D45 automatically changes its build chamber temperaturesettings,according to the type of filament that it is 3D printing. Compatible filaments include PLA, Nylon and Eco-ABS. In addition, its4.5-inch full-color touchscreen provides an intuitive user experience.

: helps eliminate toxic volatile particles.

: allows users to monitor the 3D printing process remotely, and to create time-lapse videos.

: the removable glass print bed can heat up to 100C.

: Dremel offers its own proprietary software, Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer. Dremel Print Cloud is also part of the package. The 3D45 is also compatible with Simplify3D.

: the extruder temperature goes up to 280C.

This easy-to-use desktop 3D printer is available at the manufacturer price of $1,799 (available onAmazon).

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The Dremel 3D45 is a closed-frame desktop 3D printer made by Dremel, a manufacturer based in the United States. This educational 3D printer is the updated version of the 3D40. This 3D printer suits educational and professional environments as well as maker spaces. Indeed, Dremel 3D45 3D printers are stackable and users can network them together. The 3D45 automatically changes its build chamber temperature settings, according to the type of filament that it is 3D printing. Compatible filaments include PLA, Nylon and Eco-ABS. In addition, its 4.5-inch full-color touchscreen provides an intuitive user experience. Dremel DigiLab 3D45 main features Carbon filters: helps eliminate toxic volatile particles. Built-in HD camera: allows users to monitor the 3D printing process remotely, and to create time-lapse videos. Heated print bed: the removable glass print bed can heat up to 100C. Proprietary software: Dremel offers its own proprietary software, Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer. Dremel Print Cloud is also part of the package. The 3D45 is also compatible with Simplify3D. Extruder: the extruder temperature goes up to 280C. Dremel 3D45 price This easy-to-use desktop 3D printer is available at the manufacturer price of $1,799 (available on Amazon).

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3D printers are becoming cheaper and more available for the general audience every day. Once fabled for their uses in large factories or hospitals, now its possible to have your very own 3D printer, so you can bring your pet projects to life right in your home.

Unsurprisingly, several manufacturers are trying to cater to various types of customers, and Dremel is one of them. TheDremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printeris made with beginners, casual users, and even schools in mind.

Dremel stands by their original intention: providing learning opportunities by making various designs available through their website. While many are handy items that make everyday life a bit easier, some of these are introduced as educational tools.

Building your own small catapult or an archeological bone collection is fun and easy to do.

With its small stature and excellent online support, its a tempting model for those looking to get their first printers.

But does Dremel have secret pitfalls you should know about? We know, and have gathered all the necessary data for you.

Dremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printer: The Details

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: PLA filament, of the Dremel brand. Other PLA brands are possible, but might not fit as easily.

: Compatible with both PC and Mac, since operating it requires making an account on the Dremel website and a decent Wi-Fi connection. For the tech lovers there are also Android and IOS apps available.

While most commercial 3D printers started out offering FDM filaments, this 3D printer instead prefers to use PLA filament.

PLA is short for polyactid acid, although the name should cause you no alarm. Classified as a polyester, this material is also biodegradable and derived from renewable sources.

While this type of polyester has found a use even in the medical world as an aid to setting broken bones, for use in 3D printers, things are a bit less complicated. The machine heats up the PLA, and then deposits and molds it according to the model you have selected.

Since theDremel 3D20is a desktop printer, printing large designs will feel clunky and require a lot of planning. Because this printer is aimed to beginners and schools, the general expectation is that your projects will be smaller and simpler to make.

Little vases, soap rests, and various handy gadgets are the name of this game so long as they can be made in one piece or multiple tiny pieces. This printer also shows a great affinity for projects that require supports.

The target audience of the Dremel DigiLab printer is apparent from the added accessories youll find in the box and the additional online tools.

There isnt much in the way of added goodies, but theyll get you on the fast track of printing without much distraction.

With this model closely resembling their 3D40 model, geared solely towards schools and other institutions, you also have access to the pre-designed models on the Dremel website.

While advanced printers wont be very impressed by these designs, they are excellent testing models for newbies. There are new designs added regularly, some of which are surprisingly useful.

Soap dishes and spoon rests are only two of the many designs offered by Dremel itself, and thats not even talking about all the other sites offering fun and convenient models.

Purchasing your first 3D printer can be a daunting experience; you may fear the tech isnt right yet, you might fear youll dislike this new hobby, and some of these machines take up a lot of space which you might not be willing to sacrifice.

With the Dremel DigiLab, you can put these worries to rest. With its small size, theres little chance youll feel crowded, and the intuitive system is all you need to get the hang of printing.

This is great for those who are tight on space, or smaller sized classrooms.

Dremel has designed the DigiLab 3D20 3D Printer to be fully enclosed so it retains an even temperature and adds an extra safety precaution for nosy kids and pets. This is especially important in a school environment.

Part of the fun of having a smaller printer is your projects will be finished quicker too. You wont have to wait in agony as your printer takes its time to tackle a project.

The DigiLab Printer has also gone through rigorous testing for reliability. Dremel wants to make sure this printer performs from its first print to its hundredth.

Dremel has also made sure to have this printer UL safety certified, so you can set your prints to work overnight.

Choosing a higher quality finish will, of course, slow down things a tad, but overall, you can be certain your projects will be finished quickly.

Though the Dremel DigiLab isnt priced as a state of the art printer, it delivers good results and a great finish.

As the best 3D printer for beginners, this is an incredibly nice feature which is sure to kindle the passion for this hobby.

While the closed system might be bad news for the fans of printer improvement, it does make it extremely unlikely something will go wrong.

Enjoy the security that your printer will keep functioning the way its supposed to, and rest easy in knowing youve gotten a machine that doesnt need enhancing to perform splendidly.

To make take things to that extra level of convenience, the Dremel DigiLab Printer includes a full-color LCD touchscreen to help guide you along your printing adventures.

From this screen, users can fine-tune settings and find memory files from an SD card to help you print easily.

Instead of connecting the printer via cable, you can use this SD card and the screen to find the designs you want wirelessly.

TheDremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printermight not be the cheapest printer on the market, but it certainly is one of the best in its price class.

With a durable build and an ensured quality finish, you wont regret choosing this printer to kick-start your new hobby.

The price makes it a little easier for new crafters to break into the world of 3D printing especially knowing that the price reflects the quality.

The Dremel website gets a few new designs once in a while, perfect for testing out the current limits of your abilities with a 3D printer.

Since 3D printing, in general, is a learning curve for every printer, its good to know that you have compatible designs to fall back on.

The tech support and customer service departments have received some raving reviews as well, so if youre really stuck, know theres always help available.

You want to get started quickly, rather than wasting time learning every in and out? The quick start guide has got you covered.

Have you already tried out a few designs and want to know the nitty-gritty? The added detailed manual can teach you everything there is to know from A to Z and then some.

Having a quick-start guide makes it easy for beginners to jump right in, and settles the impatience of ready-to-go crafters. And once youve knocked out a couple of designs, you can look to the details to find out how to tackle more.

Dremel has you covered with a 1-year limited warranty which is a relief, especially for beginners.

Warranties show that the company backs their product, and reassures that you wont be left stranded should a problem arise.

This limited warranty covers any damages or errors from manufacturing or craftsmanship. Just hang on to your receipt providing your date of purchase and they should be able to handle the rest.

Also, make sure you handle your printer with care as the warranty doesnt cover any damages caused by the owner.

Heres what the Dremel DigiLab 3D20 looks like out of the box.

Advanced users love getting a printer that can be upgraded in the future. With its closed system, the Dremel 3D20 cant be tampered with, but it also cant be upgraded apart from any software updates.

While this isnt a big issue for printers in schools or for the casual hobbyist, hardcore print fans wont be that impressed.

While you can hook up different brands of PLA with some careful research beforehand this printer has been designed for spools that are only a quarter the size of a regular spool.

Taking advantage of bigger and cheaper spools will ask a bit of handiness from you.

TheDremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printeris the best printer available for beginners who want to get it right the first time.

With no need for customization, a compact design, and a good support network, youll have everything you need to get started and discover how versatile 3D printing can be.

Only advanced users would be unhappy with this printer, or those who wish to upgrade their machine as much as possible. However, if you dont fall in this category, you cant go wrong.

3D printers have been a hot topic since its discovery, and now that theyre becoming more and more easily accessible, more crafters are jumping at the chance to enter into the 3D printing realm.

Printers like the Dremel Digilab 3D20 3D Printer are now being offered publicly in retail stores, and are being used as educational tools, making it easier to get your hands on.

To start, take a look at the following online retailers.

But of course, its also available on Amazon.

Thats it for our review on the Dremel Digilab 3D Printer. Tempted to give it a go?

The Dremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printer shines in performance, ease of use, and reliability making it a solid choice for both beginner and advanced hobbyists.

While it lacks the freedom to truly customize your experience, this is a safer and easier alternative that aims to last a while.

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Dremel PLA filament has been specifically engineered for optimal printing with your Idea Builder. PLA is a thermal plastic that softens and melts when its heated, building your designs strand by strand and layer by layer. Our PLA has been designed to melt at a temperature compatible with the Idea Builder, producing a stable, strong object with a high quality finish.

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Dremel Idea Builder Review 3D Printer

The Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer is an affordable, reliable option for new comers in the world of desktop 3D printing. The printer is fast, accurate, easy to use, and fairly affordable compared to alternatives. However, this is not an easy printer to tinker with and is not intended for advanced users. Dremel is a reliable name in the do-it-yourself community and the Idea Builder is a strong addition to their lineup of tools.

The Dremel Idea Builder comes  ready to use out of the box and comes with everything you need to get started.  There is an SD card for onboard file storage (The Idea Builder can only support 32GB or less SD cards), power and USB cables, tools for removing the part and cleaning the extruder, easy quick start manual and 3D printer glossary of terms, and a spool of PLA filament.

The Dremel Idea Builder is an enclosed printer that measures 400 x 485 x 335 mm (15.7 x 19.1 x 13.2 in) and has a sizable print volume of 228.6 x 149.8 x 127 mm(9 x 5.9 x 5 in). The print bed is unheated, which means that this printer cannot print in ABS plastic, onlyPLA.

The PLA used is proprietary as well, and Dremel sells their filament by half kilogram spools. It is possible to use cheaper PLA brands with the Idea Builder, however doing so can and will void the printers warranty.

The Idea Builder runs quiet thanks to its enclosed design, and can print in three resolution settings: low (.3mm, 300 microns), medium (.2mm, 200 microns), and high (.1mm, 100 microns). The printer is fast and reliable, capable of up to 150mm/sprint speed. Theextruderis also easy to setup and not as prone to clogging as other models on the market.

Dremels Idea Builder also features a full-color touch screen control panel to start prints and adjust settings. It can also be plugged into a computer via USB, where Dremel has partnered with Autodesk to promote easy-to-use creation programs such as TinkerCAD, Meshmixer, 123D Design, and 123D Sculpt. With the proper files loaded on the SD card the printer can run untethered to a PC.

If you are just starting out in the world of 3D printing, the Dremel Idea Builder is for you. The easy to use controls and easy to follow manuals make it a great beginners printer. Dremel also offers excellent customer service if something does go wrong with the machine. Add on top of that a 1-year warranty and the fact that this is the first commercial 3D printer certified by UL, and you can rest assured that this is a safe investment.

The Idea Builder is also based off of the Flashforge Dreamers basic design, and Dremel partnered with Flashforge to create the Idea Builder. Flashforge is a reliable name in 3D printing and produces some of the best models for makers that beat theMakerbot Replicatorsthat they originally were copying. Partnered with Dremels reliable brand in the DIY community (their name is now synonymous with rotary tools), the Idea Builder is well engineered and reliable enough for the average consumer.

If you are an advanced 3D printer user and know what you are doing, the Idea Builder is probably not for you. It restricts some basic functions like temperature control, infill density, and support material. A lack of a heated bad also means that deforming parts is a possibility and ABS printing is out of the question. Dremels use of proprietary filament is also a disappointment, as it is more expensive than more popularPLA suppliers such as Hatchboxand not using the proprietary filament will void the warranty.

The Dremel Idea Builder is an excellent first printer for the average consumer who may not know much about 3D printing. It is a capable printer despite only working in PLA and offers convenient features like untethered printing, a compact form factor, and reliable operation that are essential for any desktop printer. If you do have troubles with this machine, the customer service should be able to help you out. If you are looking for a place to get started, this is the printer for you.

Affordable, reliable brand, accurate, reliable operation, comes with everything you need to get started, good print bed size, quiet, onboard file storage and can print untethered.

PLA only, no heated bed. Proprietary filament spools, difficult to adjust temperature, support material and infill.

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To say that I was excited about receiving aDremel 3D Idea Builderprinter to test and review is an understatement. Weve written pretty extensively about Dremel since theyfirst entered into the 3D printing spacewith their Idea Builder printer and continued on to become a highly successful, education-focused player in the industry. I had heard only good things about theIdea Builder 3D40, and couldnt wait to try it for myself.

The first thing I noticed as I unpacked the 3D printer from its series of boxes (for a moment I felt like I was playing with a set of Russian nesting dolls Dremel was very thorough about securing and protecting the printer for its travels) was that there was almost no setup required. Once I got the 3D40 up onto my workspace table, all I had to do was install the build platform, which snapped in easily, and load the spool of white PLA into the secure, semi-enclosed spool holder on the side of the machine. Then I plugged it in and was ready to go plug and play is definitely an accurate description for this particular printer.

The large touchscreen with its simple menu made it very easy to operate the 3D40. I had some trouble getting the WiFi capabilities to work, but I blame that more on my persnickety wireless network than anything else. Fortunately, a flash drive was included with several pre-loaded sample print files, as well as plenty of space to upload my own. The assisted leveling feature made calibration easy and quick. I had a few failed prints when I began the build plate adhesion wasnt the best, even after I applied the blue painters tape included with the printer, but a glue stick mostly took care of that issue.

Once I had that figured out, I started 3D printing some cats, naturally. My cousins birthday was coming up that Saturday, and at the last minute I decided to 3D print a simpleAlert Cat from Roxanne Barrett on MyMiniFactory, which took little over an hour. I then painted it to look like my cousins Russian Blue cat, and she thought it was about the coolest thing in the world. (I love being the only person in my family who works with 3D printers on a regular basis.)

I then tried out the swirlyOrganic Vase from Andrew Reynolds, also on MMF, and it printed perfectly, though I had a little trouble removing one particularly stubborn support structure. The free Print Studio software that came with the Idea Builder was very, very enthusiastic about supports, sometimes overly so, and after a few prints I started manually removing a lot of the automatically generated supports because they just werent needed for several of the items I was printing.

The software is very simple and easy to use, clearly designed for beginners, and the printing process itself is extremely quiet its clear that a lot of thought went into optimizing this printer for a classroom setting. Education is one of Dremels top priorities for their 3D printers, andearlier this yearthe company introduced theirDremel Dreamscurriculum program, which includes 10 STEM lesson plans centered around 3D printing. Dremel was kind enough to send me those 10 lesson plans along with the printer so I could try some of them out myself.

The 10 projects include STL files for simple 3D models to be printed in the classroom, allowing students to learn about 3D printing along with scientific and mathematical concepts. For example, one lesson plan teaches kids about evolution and statistics by 3D printing several small moths and dividing them into separate populations for study, while another uses 3D printed loaded dice to teach lessons about probability. The one I chose to print for myself involved building a catapult out of pencils, a rubber band, and several small 3D printed pieces.

Full disclosure: I did it wrong. I was so excited about 3D printing and building a catapult in my living room that I didnt read the instructions closely enough, and ended up printing less pieces than were required. I was able to still complete the project, however, even though my catapult was a bit wobbly, to say the least. The lesson plan included about two dozen STL files, including parts for the catapult as well as projectiles, that each took between about three and twenty minutes to print.

The aim of the lesson is to teach students about potential energy, kinetic energy, and the law of conservation of energy by having them fire their 3D printed projectiles across the classroom. Assuming that most middle and high school students can follow instructions better than I can (which is a pretty safe assumption), its a great project kids should have a blast while also learning a lot of important concepts. I certainly had fun launching the projectiles from my awkwardly built catapult, and my cat had a great time chasing them.

My other prints included asoap dish, aspoon rest, and a few other functional objects that Id never think to buy but had fun printing likea tick remover designed by CEL. Why not? The little buggers are becoming more populous in recent years, and the small tool, resembling a bird leg, was just plain fun to print. For the most part, everything printed easily, although I did go through a lot of glue sticks to compensate for the adhesion difficulty. The prints looked good, with nice resolution, and the printer helpfully alerted me whenever a print finished by playing a musical little jingle.

For its $1,299 price tag, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D40 is a good deal. Its exactly what the company says it is an easy-to-use, safe, reliable 3D printer thats a perfect introduction into the world of 3D printing. I definitely recommend it for the classroom, as well as for home users of any experience level.

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Available for preorder tomorrow, the toolmakers 3D Idea Builder goes on sale at Home Depot and Amazon in November.

Power tool company Dremel, which invented the high-speed rotary back in 1934, is getting into the 3D-printing business.

Dubbed the3D Idea Builder, Dremels 3D printer is capable of creating models of just about anything a user cooks up. The 3D Idea Builder comes with its own print software to customize 3D models and can work both as a standalone device or with the collaboration of computers to design and print models.

In collaboration with 3D design firm Autodesk, Dremel will offer customers free 3D models through a new website it established to help folks get going on quickly creating projects. Customers can also design models for the 3D Idea Builder from scratch using theAutodesk 123Dsuite of free 3D-modeling applications.

3D printing is hot topic in the technology industry, due in large part to the current leader in the space, MakerBot. MakerBot offers a range of 3D printers that allow users to build practically anything. Its products have proven somewhat successful to this point, though the industry is still a niche.

MakerBot, which wasacquired by Israeli 3D printer manufacture Stratasysfor $403 million in June, unveileda new line of 3D printersearlier this year in three price ranges. The Mini, for entry-level designers, comes in at $1,399, while the Replicator is priced at $2,899 and big bot Z18 goes for $6,499. In July, MakerBotpartnered with Home Depotto sell its 3D printers at select stores and on m.

The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is designed to take on MakerBots Mini and goes for $999. Dremel is starting preorders on the device on Thursday and will offer it on Amazon and in select Home Depot stores in November.

While MakerBots products are designed with both consumers and companies in mind, Dremel has made it clear that its offering is for home use. The company specifically points to its 3D printers ease-of-use, full color touchscreen, onboard software and reduced noise as core components in its sales pitch to consumers.

Looking ahead, Dremel said it has more in store for the 3D-printer market and it plans to bring more products to customers in the coming months.

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