Thrilling 3D Printing with the incredible Dremel Digilab – 3D45

It’s no secret that the 3D printer market has truly exploded in recent years with a wealth of variety from a range of leading brands. Within those names we’ve long been impressed with the work of Dremel and their high-quality machine. So when we heard about their printer the Dremel 3D45 3D Printer with it’s incredible range of features and notably it’s high build volume precision printing, we simply had to find out more!

This phenomenal piece of kit has a wealth of tech under the hood.  FDM print technology ensures a high-performance print with a thickness of 300microns – with a 50-micron resolution. Something which really sets it apart. Impressively the build volume really stands head and shoulders above its competitors at 254 x 152 x 70mm. Allowing for some truly awe-inspiring 3D prints.

It should be said out of the box the Dremel is a stunning piece of kit with a futuristic, clean aesthetic. Equally appearing durable enough to take its fill of knocks within a working environment. At 645 x 406 x 404mm you’re getting a significant amount of 3D printer for your money. Also at 47.5lbs it’s reassuringly weighted so you know it’s not going to be easily moved from a printing point. Something we found very reassuring.

Included in the kit was a comprehensive kit allowing for both first time 3D modellers and advanced modellers to make the most of the system. This included the range of filaments, a usb cable, a glue stick for prepping your glass plate, an unclog tool, a flash drive and an object removal tool (ideal for cleaning the aforementioned glass plate).

 

Getting started was a breeze thanks to Dremel’s intuitive software built into the 3D45. Via the high-resolution colour touch screen menu, you’re literally taken through the process of levelling the platform, feeding the filament through the spool and getting the temperature right to print. The actual base for printing works off the Dremel’s heated printing plate, made of toughened glass. This we found particularly easy to clean and was a nice change from standard printing mats.  Levelling is made all that little bit easier too thanks to the semi-automated levelling system. This works via the 3D45’s smart sensor tech. You can also adjust this quickly by following menu’s instructions – allowing for a sturdy base to print onto.

Talking of filament, the Dremel supports a range of 3D filaments including PLA, Nylon, Eco-ABS, PETG and more. Something which is hugely reassuring when getting it set up. Accompanied with this, we were particularly impressed by the fact that the 3D45 printer has RFID tech built in. This technology automatically detects the filament inserted into the machine. Thus then adjusting the printer settings to keep track of the filament left on the spool. The actual extruder is also clog-free which helps ensure you don’t end up with any unnecessary blocking whilst printing.

We also particularly loved the fact that you can keep a close eye on your printing via the Dremel’s HD Camera monitoring. This operates via the machine’s 720 HD camera, which allows the user to keep track of the progress of the 3D print safely without being too close to the print itself. One thing which was certainly reassuring to know was that the durable casing of the build chamber has an active carbon filter which protects the user from those potentially harmful VOCs. The camera is a great addition in ensuring the end-user doesn’t have to worry about such potential hazards.


After setting up the base plate and spooling the filament we had a print underway in no time. The printing process was phenomenally quick and easy and we were blown away by the sheer array of included designs offered within the Dremel’s built-in software. There’s up to 8gb included within the Dremel’s internal HD so plenty of room for your own designs to be stored. The Dremel generally accepts STL, OBJ, and 3mf files. However it does also accept BMP, .g.gcode, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG and x3d so you don’t have to concern yourself with potentially running into issues with printing your files.

What’s particularly handy is the fact you get a time frame shown per model print. So you can plan well ahead just how long you’ll need to print your item. We were also given a flash drive full of further designs. These again ranged from relatively straight forward prints to components for more advanced 3D renders.  What’s also fantastic is the fact you can easily load your own designs via the system’s usb drive. Making printing hardcopy prototypes as easy as plug and go.

Design-wise we weren’t disappointed at all. After ensuring our base plate was stable and we had an ample amount of glue residue down we were blown away by the quality of the output of the 3D45. Prints were clean and detailed, far superior other similar machines we’d seen on the market within the Dremel’s price range. On top of which the whole process of cleaning the machine ready for the next print was kept simple thanks to the easy to use object removal tool and quick clean glass plate.

It should also be said that the Dremel 3D45 allows for multiple Digilab 3D printers to be connected via ethernet and wifi. Or you can actually share your printer with multiple users. Either way this opens up for a plethora of different workflow options in professional environments and is phenomenally useful.

We absolutely loved the Dremel 3D45 3D printer. For the specs alone it’s an incredible piece of kit with some phenomenal features such as the glass plate system, HD Camera, responsive touchscreen and ethernet/wifi connectivity especially at it’s price. If you’re in the market for a new printer there’s really no competition. Make sure you get yours today from https://digilab.dremel.com/products/3d45