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Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D20

By Shawn Grimes / Nov 13, 2015

Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D20
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Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D20

The Idea Builder (aka 3D20) is fully enclosed, easy to use, reliable, and produces decent prints.

The simple software, touchscreen interface, and warranty make it a good value for beginners or those who don’t want to play with hardware.

PLUSES AND MINUSES

Dremel’s easy-to-follow videos can get you up and printing in about 30 minutes. A leveling card is included, which takes the guesswork out of what paper to use for manual bed leveling.

However, the software is lacking in some pretty fundamental features — most notably the ability to add support material directly. Dremel also requires proprietary filament. It’s probably to ensure users aren’t using impure filament, but with only 10 colors available — and most of them translucent — your options are limited. Additionally, at $30 for only 0.5 Kg, the costs can add up quickly.

CONCLUSION

The Idea Builder 3D printer is poised to attract adopters of stable technology. Schools and users who want a reliable tool that comes with a warranty will enjoy this machine.

Specs
3D Idea Builder 3dprinter.dremel.com
Price As Tested:$999
Build Volume:230×150×140mm
Bed Style:Not Heated, Acrylic with BuildTak
Filament Size:1.75mm
Open Filament?:No, Voids warranty
Temperature Control?:Yes, Tool head (230°C max)
Print Untethered?:Yes, SD card and touchscreen controls
Onboard Controls?:Yes
Host/Slicer Software:Dremel3D
OS:Mac, Linux, Windows
Firmware:Closed
Open Software?:No
Open Hardware?:No
Maximum Decibels:80.4

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Why To Buy

This fully enclosed printer is easy to use, reliable, and produces decent prints. The simple software, touchscreen interface and warranty make it a good value for beginners or for those who don’t want to play with hardware.

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Pro Tips

Use Autodesk Meshmixer (which includes a profile for the Idea Builder) to add support. Simplify3D is another alternative. Get yourself a set of feeler gauges for when you lose that leveling card. Set the bed screws tight enough so you can feel the nozzle scrape the leveling card, but loose enough that it still moves freely.

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