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A rotary tool is essential for many makers. It has so many different bits and attachments, it can be used in a variety of ways, and replaces other tools in small-scale situations.

In this article I’m focusing on the Dremel specifically because it’s the dominant rotary tool in the market, and also because it’s what I’ve owned and used for several years. However, other similar tools have their own merits and you should do your research before purchasing one.

Using a rotary tool means much than turning it on and letting her go. Here are some tips to get the most out of yours when working on projects.

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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