Dremel Digilab 3D45 Introduction

At first glance, Dremel is a brand known for its power tools and home improvement. The American company has been producing cutting-edge power tools for consumers with a passion for home improvement and innovation since 1932.

Enter the 21st century, and the company now has expanded their offerings from power tools and saws to 3D Printers and 3D Printing software.

Branded as Digilab, the American manufacturer has created a collection of printers that have become hugely popular within the education community. 

Follow this review, as we breakdown the features of this printer and see why the 3D45 is such a great machine for classroom settings all around the world.

This is the space that Dremel seems to be occupying with its Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer. The printer is designed to be incredibly easy to use and dependable, two critical factors for these intended markets.

Priced at $1,799, this 3D printer is an affordable option for those that require safety and reliability in the classroom or workshop.

Dremel Digilab 3D45

PROS

  • Easy setup and user friendly
  • Excellent print quality when using in-house designed materials
  • Designed to extra safety and consistent printing performance
  • Comprehensive 3D printing ecosystem targeting education

CONS

  • Reduced print quality when third-party filament is introduced
  • Tends to struggle with more advanced materials like Nylon
  • A closed system ensures safety and reliability, but limits creativity

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Top Features

Before we do a full breakdown review of the 3D45,  let’s take a proper look at the prominent features that make this 3D printer such a popular option for teachers and students.

First of all, Dremel has done an amazing job for consumers by introducing a machine with the capability of printing materials that require higher temperatures.

Some of these materials include Nylon, polycarbonate, and EcoABS. For those that are more eco-conscious, you will definitely love this option as EcoABs is the more environmentally friendly counterpart of your traditional ABS.

As usual, this 3D Printer has your regular heated bed and removable build platform.  Your build volume with the 3D45 is 10 x 6 x 6.7inches.

The bed leveling is not fully automatic as there is a two-point system. However, as it’s a two-point system, we consider the leveling process very manageable.

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer Touchscreen
Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer Touchscreen

This is achieved through the well-designed UI system on the printer’s IPS color touchscreen.

The Dremel team has made sure that its consumers know exactly how much they need to turn each knob to even out the print bed.

The 3D45 also has great printing precision as it can print objects with a 50-micron resolution. On top of its ability to print materials at a high temperature, this Dremel machine has a full enclosure that helps to keep the build chamber temperature at a steady number.

In the case that users need to closely observe and adjust certain things during the printing process, the door of the enclosure is completely transparent and can be opened during a print job.

For those using proprietary filament from Dremel, there’s an RFID reader that will recognize the filament type that you are using. Once the filament type is recognized, the 3D45 will adjust the printer settings accordingly.

This is extremely convenient for students that need to start a 3D printing project instantly. All you need to do is load the material into the spool, and the machine will prepare itself for the scheduled print job.

720p Integrated Camera

Dremel Digilab 3D45 720p Integrated Camera
Dremel Digilab 3D45 720p Integrated Camera

Another great asset of the 3D45 is the 720p camera. It is great for creating time-lapse videos of prints that take a longer time to finish.

At the same time, you can also use the camera to monitor and control other machines simultaneously.

This can be all done using Dremel’s in-house slicer software Dremel Print Cloud.
Dremel’s integrated camera is easy to use, but may bring up the occasional lag at times.

Dremel’s team has developed the 3D45 using Bosch sensor technology and UL certification. You can count on this machine being safe to use in your chosen learning environments.

In addition to that, the creators of this machine have also included carbon filters to reduce the amount of harmful VOC odors that come from the melted plastic.

If you’re a maker looking to assemble a series of machines that can help you streamline your printing process, the 3D45 is a great option for you to consider. If you’re building an environment easy for students to pick up new skills, the 3D45 is definitely something worth investing in as well.

For those that are worried about the initial setup of this machine, don’t be! The setup is very user-friendly and requires just a few steps. Once you receive your package, you should be able to get your first test print up and running within 30 minutes!

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How does it print?

As mentioned earlier, the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 is compatible with a range of advanced materials.

Nylon and Eco-ABS prints are what that this machine proves itself to offer. Loading the filament into the 3D45 is simple and with no complications.

Your filament spool snaps very easily into place in the print chamber. There’s also a clip that ensures that your filament is in the right position as it is being fed into the material extruder.

Printing with ABS, the Dremel 3D45 prints an amazing and nearly flawless design.
The ABS prints that you make from this machine will have a very smooth surface, and it is very rare that you will come across any layering issues.

Dremel Digilab has also prepared users that want to run test prints with a collection of complex models that are included on the product’s SD card. One option you can go for is the towering Mechanic Girl.

This test print is best suited to be printed using Eco-ABS, and it is a model that has several complex geometries that really requires the 3D45 to perform at its full potential.

Courtesy of All3DP, we can see the final result that the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 has printed. The machine was able to handle all the intricate details that this model has from top to bottom. With the Eco-ABS, the 3D45 is able to achieve prints of very high precision and detail.

With the Eco-ABS looking good in the final prints, can Dremel deliver on their promise of handling Nylon filament? The verdict seems to be not as as well as the Eco-ABS. When tested with one of the american manufacturer’s test prints, things didn’t turn out so well.

For those running test prints on their Nylon material, you might need to increase the bed temperature in order for your first layer of material to stick to the bed properly. Other possible problems include layers of material not sticking together properly. Initial test prints may break into pieces when you remove them from the print bed.

We recommend makers and teachers to focus on printing with Eco-ABS more to avoid print problems, and for a smoother printing experience. If you’re maker that wants to experiment more with foreign material, we recommend you to not expect the same quality as Dremel’s proprietary materials provided.

The best quality prints you can expect are from Dremel’s non-nylon materials. Although their in-house PLA’s, Petg’s and Eco-Abs may be a bit more expensive than materials elsewhere, it is still worth the print quality to stick to Dremel’s materials.

Educational Ecosystem

As manufacturers of power tools, Dremel has managed to carve a special niche for itself within the 3D Printing industry.

With the 3D45 educational ecosystem, this machine provides a learning experience for anyone from elementary school to students in college. A huge curriculum can be found with a wide variety of subjects on multiple academic levels. This can be anything from mathematics to biotechnology.

For educators that want to plan projects for STEM-based subjects, Dremel offers a great syllabus of lesson plans that are easy to use and adjust for every classroom’s learning curve.

On top of that, the hardware itself is also designed for educational use. The Dremel team has done an amazing job at making the setup and printing as intuitive and consistent as possible.

This will give students more time to explore the value provided in the lesson plans rather than focusing on troubleshooting printer problems.

Dremel’s Print Cloud was created to allow students and teachers a place to monitor the process of printing.

Specs of the Dremel Digilab 3D45

GENERAL

  • Printing Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Extruder: All-Metal Hot End/Direct Drive/Single Extruder
  • Build Volume: 10 x 6 x 6.7in (402 cubic inches)
  • Z-Layer Resolution: 50-300 microns
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Operating Interface: 5″ full-color IPS touchscreen
  • Build Platform Leveling: Semi-automated leveling
  • Materials: Nylon, Eco-ABS, PLA, PETG

TEMPERATURE

  • Max. Extruder Temperature: 280°C
  • Max. Build Platform Temperature: 100°C

SOFTWARE

  • Software Bundle: Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer (Cura), Dremel Print Cloud (3DPrinterOS)
  • File Types: STL, OBJ

ELECTRICAL

  • Input Rating: 100-240V, 47-60Hz, 0.85-2.3Amps
  • Connectivity: Wifi, USB, Ethernet

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