Here's our Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Review which whilst is a late 2014 model and has recently been replace by the 3D40 Idea builder which you can see here, still represents fantastic value for money and a 3D printer that has been designed and tested over the years so that you know it's going to perform. Is it the best 3d printer on the market in 2017? Sadly not and quite frankly the newer 3D40 Dremel Idea printer is a better model, however what it does represent is a fantastic 3d printer that offers extreme value for money and does very well when we compare it to other cheap 3d printers on the market in 2017.
The Dremel 3D printer is one of top performing 3D printers on the market. We have had users that have had over 500 hours of use out of their Dremel and looking forward to plenty more in the future. The printer comes with a single print extruder, a non-heated printer bed and a print dimension of 9.0 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches. Whilst it maybe one of the simpler models on the market with some good basic touches, it’s pretty easy to use. If you’re just about to get into printing and you’re looking for your first model, this is a great choice.
Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Review
For simplicity and ease of use right out of the box, it’s one of the best on the market. The touchscreen interface makes things very easy to start with, so you can essentially plug it in and get to printing straight away. This design allows you to go through the setup process in a very easy way, including the tasks of bed levelling and filament loading, which is of course very helpful. It is worth noting that although the guidance with this is great, the setup itself is still somewhat of a tricky process.
There is a huge load of online content available to users which helps you to get to grips with things along with lots of pre-made models and designs to get you printing simple things as quickly as you like. This model is also somewhat geared toward education, so it’s a decent choice if you have some students who you’re looking to introduce to the process.The prints themselves that come from the printer are pretty good if you’re a novice and seeking more basic designs, but they aren’t going to blow your mind.
The printer comes with 1.75 millimeter PLA (Blodegradable) filament and whilst they are decent value for money, it's recommended that you only use Dremel's own brand filament. We have in the past run out of filament and rather than ordering new, simply reached into the bag of goodies and pulled out some other 1.75mm filament which did work well and cause us no problems, however we have heard of others using cheaper filament and running into problems with the printer clogging up.
More technical and expensive models will indeed give you higher-quality prints, but these ones are decent. What you might notice is that as you crank the resolution up with the Dremel, the prints begin to lower in speed. This is because it has a single extruder and it not the only flaw that the Dremel comes with. It does have a few other flaws.
Key Problem Areas
First of all, the price is a little steep given the limited functionality, but this is somewhat justified considering how easy and foolproof it makes the whole process. It’s also worth noting that the Dremel filament is pretty expensive, which can make your costs mount up over time. It can sometimes be a little difficult to remove and replace the filament too, even with the correct guidance and instruction. What many users don’t like is the size of the build area, which is pretty small all in all, with dimensions of 9”x5.9”x5.5”.
The bed is also not heated, which is a feature you find with many other printers on the market. The machine is quite noisy, so if you’re seeking something to build as silently as possible, perhaps this isn’t the model for you.
Overall, what you’ve got here is a Dremel 3D printer that does the basic things well and allows novices to really feel comfortable and supported. If you’re willing to pay a little more money for something with slightly less functionality but an excellent interface, this is a great option.