Best known for rotary and saw tools for DIY hobbyists, Dremel knows what it takes to create a quality product. They first introduced the high-speed rotary tool back in 1934. This was the birth of a company set out on a mission to help Makers create with their hands and machines.
The Dremel company continues the same mission today. Dremel wants to take their creativity that led to the do-it-all homeowner tools and apply that to the 3D printing industry. Their current offerings seem to have them on the right path.
How has Dremel impacted 3D printing?
Dremel offers a variety of high-quality 3D printers. Their products range from entry-level pricing and features, up to industrial-grade, top-of-the-line 3D printers. They offer a little something for everyone from the at-home users to educational and instructional products. Dremel wants to make a splash in all aspects of 3D printing.
Dremel wants to help everyone get started with their machines. They have a large Thingiverse page, which includes a variety of models for all users to print. From novice printers to the advanced, there a lot of great models that are sure to teach you a thing or two while printing them. As well, they have generated multiple teaching plans anyone can use to guide them through 3D printing and take their understanding of the machine to a new level.
The company is known for ready-to-use 3D printers as soon as you take it out of the box. All of the Dremel models require minimal setup, which means more time printing. And you can rest assured you are getting a high-quality printer. The Dremel 3D printers are often praised for their precision and accuracy. The final prints compete with many of the most popular brands on the market.
Now that we know a little more about the company, let’s dive into the 3D printers themselves.
Dremel Digilab 3D20 3D Printer
Like the other printers in this line-up, the Dremel 3D20 3D Printeris very user-friendly and ready to start printing pretty much right out of the box. The touchscreen guides you through the startup process. It will show you how to level the bed, load the filament, and let your imagination run wild.
This 3D printer is clearly geared towards the novice user. It is very simple to use and is a great starting point for beginners. Some of the larger models allow more customization than the 3D20.
The 3D20 is designed for Dremel’s small, and extremely expensive filament. This is a big downfall for all of their 3D printers. Some users have reported using their own filament without issues. Check out our full 3D20 Review Here.
So, you may be able to get around this glaring issue. Just remember not all other brands will fit the machine. You will need to do some research to find the one that fits and is best for your needs.
While the build area is decent for the size of the printer at 9” x 5.9” x 5.5”, the bed is not heated. This also limits the type of filament you can use with the machine. As well, the plastic build of the machine, while looks nice, is not the best.
It certainly doesn’t help keep operating noise levels down. Nor is it the sturdiest build. But, as long as you’re not trying to sleep, this shouldn’t be an issue. The 3D20 is limited but effective and gets the job done for beginner 3D printers.
Dremel Digilab 3D40 3D Printer
Moderately priced at $1,299, the 3D40 is priced in the middle of the market, but the performance is leaning towards the high end of the industry. But costs will quickly add up as you are stuck using only Dremel PLA filament. As mentioned previously, the Dremel filament is quite pricey and sold on smaller spools than most other brands. The filament is offered in 10 different colors. But this lack of customization limits the 3D printer capabilities.
The Dremel Digilab 3D40 3D Printer rocks the classic Dremel Silver and Blue colorings with a fully enclosed print area.
The clear sections of the front and top of the printer make it easy to monitor your prints. The enclosure makes a great print environment as it traps the heat. Although, this isn’t necessary when using PLA. As well, we see the same issues as the 3D20 with the 3D40 using the all plastic frame design.
A simple LCD touchscreen display is located on the front. It is easy to use, and the icons help guide you through the screen in no time to get your printer dialed in. The screen and printer as a whole are functional and straightforward.
A removable glass bed makes for a sturdy build platform. But this has its difficulties trying to remove the bed and put it back in place.
Dremel Cloud Print system is a great feature for this 3D printer. All you need is a free account, and then you can upload an STL or OBJ file to prepare for your printer. The web-based software lets you control most aspects and settings. You can adjust infill, supports, and even preview the print. Once you’re ready, you simply shoot the prepared file to a connected printer, wirelessly, and begin the process.
While the 3D40 is a great 3D printer, it will cost you extra to pay for the pricey PLA filament. The lack of ability to use more than just PLA limits the users and their creativity. But if you don’t mind the limitations, you will be extremely impressed with the quality and precision of prints from the 3D40.
Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer
Dremel makes a big leap forward. The 3D45 3D Printer has everything we loved about the other Dremel models and everything we wish the others had as well. Released in 2018, Dremel made the 3D45 to compete with some of the best 3D printers around.
This is the 3D printer, as Dremel claims, “made by professionals for professionals.” It is an absolute high performing work-horse. The 3D45 can be yours for a price of $1,799. The overall footprint of the 3D45 is 15.9″ x 20.2″ x 16″, just small enough to easily fit in your workspace or office. And it provides enough space for a 6.7″ x 10″ x 6″ build volume. Not the biggest, but the build volume is comparable to some of its closest competitors.
The 3D printer features an upgrade Dremel look with a fully enclosed system. But the 3D45 has a darker, futuristic color-scheme with larger clear sections to view the printing process and easily remove and replace the print bed. It is a very clean design. The 3D45 has a larger LCD screen, 5 inches, compared to other Dremel models.
While you are still mostly limited to a Dremel-only filament, you have more choices. Dremel offers over 11 PLA colors, an eco-ABS, and nylon filaments. Still very pricey compared to other filaments, but we at least get more options than just PLA with the 3D45.
While it is possible to use third-party filaments, it is not the easiest. The downfall is the machine will not automatically detect the filament type, which means you need to adjust the temperature settings. As well, the most third-party filament will not fit on the built-in spool holder, and you will need another method of feeding the filament into the machine. However, you can easily build one with your 3D printer.
This is easily the most impressive 3D printer from Dremel. The print quality and reliability are as impressive as always. It features multiple connectivity options, larger build area, and touch screen, more filament options, and is really just a high-quality 3D printer.
Dremel certainly knows who they want to target with their 3D printers. The machines are fantastic 3D printers regarding print quality, ease of use, and overall reliability. However, they all seem a little overpriced for what you are truly getting.
The limited filament choice and no heated beds on any of the machines are major downfalls in my book. If you’re able to look past these flaws, any Dremel 3D printer may be a great choice for you.