3D printers enable us to create solutions to problems that we would otherwise have to search Amazon for and perhaps never quite find. Before AirPods existed, I ordered a Quirky Wrapster to make carrying headphones less of a mess. You can tell from the low review count that the product never garnered huge success, but it could easily be classified as something that should exist, even if it can easily fly under the radar. With today’s new DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D Printer announcement from Dremel, the company inches us closer to a creative and headache-free experience that allows us to make things that no one else is.
Dremel’s 3D printing experience
When most hear the brand Dremel, they think of cutting and modifying things instead of building them from scratch. While the company is well-known for its rotary tools, the company’s 3D printer lineup can easily be missed.
This is not because they are bad products, but rather because Dremel’s first 3D printer was released in 2014, just 5 years ago. Dremel claims that the last 5 years have been successful, with their latest model being a culmination of everything the company has learned so far.
“We’ve seen a lot of use and success with our previous 3D printer models,” Dremel President John Kavanagh said. “As we continue to learn about digital fabrication, it’s important to introduce new innovations to better suit the classroom and makerspace settings. This is what led us to 3D40 FLEX.”
So what makes the 3D40 FLEX 3D printer unique? Well, flexibility — more specifically a flexible build plate that makes it both easier and safer to remove parts after printing. It’s a challenge that Dremel says is one of the largest facing 3D printers today.
Dremel’s latest printer offers up to 30% faster prints while in draft mode, allowing users to crank out more prototypes in significantly less time. This feature makes it a great fit for classrooms since students can learn at a speedier pace.
The new printer sports a 50 micron resolution that enables users to print more ornate and complex designs than in previous models. Examples provided by Dremel include arches, organic forms, small details, engravings and diagonals.
Dremel touts that Digilab 3D40 FLEX is made for all ages and skill levels, opening up a world of possibilities for both children and adults alike. Folks who buy Dremel’s new 3D printer will receive access to a four-hour professional development course and 30 standard lesson plans.
Pricing and availability
According to Dremel, the DigiLab 3D40 FLEX will launch in February with a suggested retail price of $1,299. Those interested in ordering a unit should head to Dremel’s DigiLab website or keep their eyes peeled for an Amazon product listing to appear.