Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D printer

 
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Review: Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D printer

 
The Dremel company, which is part of the Bosch Group and originally from the USA, provides an interesting entry-level model with the 3D Idea Builder. The low-cost and compact machine scores with high-quality printing results.The material used in the featured 3D printers exclusively PLA used. According to the manufacturer, the tested 3D printer is an ideal choice for beginners as well as advanced users. If you decide to buy the device, you get it ready for use with an already installed printhead. Included is an SD card, on which there are already twelve 3D models. They print with the presented 3-D printer templates up to a size of 23 x 15 x 15 (length x width x height). In addition, the Idea Builder heats the pressure chamber to 230 degrees Celsius.  

Easy menu navigation via display

To transfer a 3D model to the 3D Idea Builder, there are two alternatives to choose from. The classic way is the USB cable with which you connect device and PC. Optionally the presented 3-D printer offers you a slot for SD cards. A color touch screen shows you the memory card on the model contained in and start then the pressure. Thus, the printing process in the apparatus available since October 2014 does not necessarily require a connected computer. The IdeaBuilder scores by its intuitive, very simple usability. Dremel succeeds in a menu navigation via the touchscreen, which appears to the user to be self-evident.  

Closed construction, good quality when printing

The Dremel 3D IdeaBuilder impresses with its closed design. A door keeps dust away from the pressure chamber and reduces the noise level to an acceptable level. The transparent design of the door you have the opportunity to take a look at controlling the resulting object. With regard to the maximum resolution of the Idea Builder provides with 100 Micron for its price a relatively good value. This means that the individual layers have approximately the thickness of a sheet of paper. In this way Dremel achieves fine pressure results in the tested product. The delivery includes a small scraper to remove the printed object from the printing plate. While the unit displays for complex templates some impropriety, this talk but within limits. If demand for smaller reworking is, please contact Dremel matching accessories. An example is the Dremel Micro.This is a multi-function tool that has a wide range of functions. These include cutting, sanding, cutting and engraving. The use of the Dremel Micro is not restricted to printed 3-D objects. The universal tool proves to be useful for a wide range of home improvement tasks.  

Over 100 ready-to-print templates available

Buyers who have limited knowledge of how to use 3D modeling software can expect a wide variety of templates on the manufacturer's website. Dremel offers registered customers over 100 different 3-D models. They make small changes or adjustments with little effort. The company recommends the free Autodesk123D software to design new items. Thus, a program published by the manufacturer itself is missing.  

Idea Builder: original coils required

A further disadvantage is seen when looking at the PLA coils required for printing with 1.75 millimeters of filament.The Idea Builder only accepts original coils from Dremel. The limits you in the choice of material needed and eliminates switching to cheaper providers. For that you get a wide range for Dremel. The manufacturer offers you ten different colored filaments. Below are the colors blue, white, transparent, black, red, orange, green, violet, silver and gold. In addition, a filament roll is included with the 3D printer. Such accessories are often missing in other devices.

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Recommended printer for beginners

Ultimately Dremel provides a compact printer with the 3D Idea Builder, which is convincing to test. Measured at the price, the device prints fine objects with a resolution of up to 100 microns. The effort for minor reworking is limited. Beginners benefit from a simple, intuitive menu navigation via the practical display. Due to an SD card slot of the 3-D printer does not necessarily require a connected PC. The transparent door keeps dust away from the pressure chamber and insulates the resulting noise. You will receive a ready-to-print device with a ready-assembled print head. Various templates are available on the supplied memory card or on the manufacturer's homepage. This prevents the immediate pressure after the purchase.