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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.
What’s in the Box
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.
Features and Capabilities of the Dremel Idea Builder
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, only PLA.
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 printer’s 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. The extruder is also easy to setup and not as prone to clogging as other models on the market.
Dremel’s 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.
Why You Should Get This Printer
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 beginner’s 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 Dreamer’s 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 the Makerbot Replicators that they originally were copying. Partnered with Dremel’s 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.
Why You Should Not Get This Printer
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. Dremel’s use of proprietary filament is also a disappointment, as it is more expensive than more popular PLA suppliers such as Hatchbox and 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.