Sep 18, 2014

Major tool manufacturer Dremel, known primarily for its rotary tools, is entering into 3D printing market. Dremel announced its Dremel 3D Idea Builder Wednesday at MakerCon in New York City.

The Idea Builder is a single-extruder 3D printer features fully enclosed workspace, a build volume of 230mm x 150mm x 140mm (9" x 5.9" x 5.5") and 100 micron build resolution. This fully enclosed workspace and active cooling fan stabilize the temperature for an optimal build.

The Dremel 3D Idea Builder comes equipped with a pre-installed extruder for easy setup. With its 3.5" full color IPS touch screen, you can select models to build, and can control your print process with Start, Stop, and Pause buttons.


  • Build Volume: 9" x 5.9" x 5.5" / 230 mm x 150 mm x 140 mm
  • Layer Thickness: 4 mil | 0.004 inches 100 microns | 0.10 mm
  • SD Card: Up to 32GB in size /3D20 will not work with SD cards larger than 32GB
  • Internal Storage: 4GB
  • Weight(without spool): 19 pounds 8 oz (8.845 kg)
  • Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.2 x 15.7 inches (485 x 335 x 400 mm)

Dremel has partnered with Chinese manufacturer Flashforge to manufacture its printers. The Idea Builder is based on the Flashforge Dreamer dual extrusion 3D printer ($1,299). The Dreamer prints with ABS / PLA / PVA but the Dremel's printer has no heated bed, so it prints in PLA only.

The company is also working with Autodesk to provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools to their customers to kick start the building process.

"This is just the beginning for us," said John Kavanagh, president of Dremel. Dremel is building its Dremel 3D model portfolio and has also plans to offer more customizers that will further empower people to develop and personalize projects of their own.

The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is available for pre-sale starting Sept. 18, 2014 on and and will be available starting in November in select The Home Depot stores throughout the U.S. (MSRP $999).


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Eugenio Perez wrote at 11/14/2014 7:59:32 PM:

I am waiting for the price to go further down. I love that Dremel entered the 3d printing industry. I thought Dremel makes power tools. Soon or later we will probably see Dewalt, Blackdecker, Milwaukee and etc. Maybe the 3d printer will sell for $200.00 next Christmas. Especially, if China is getting involved. Wow $999.99 HomeDepot. I can't wait to see Walmart price. Maybe Walmart will throw in a controll pad, an Ap on mobile device or something to work with the 3D printer. My son (8yrs old) will rather play with his Ipad instead of burning the house down with the new experimental printers that is coming out. Until then, I'll play it safe, I will squeeze my glue gun and I'll melt my son's plastic soilders or glue his Lego and make something out of it.

-V- wrote at 11/12/2014 4:46:10 AM:

FlashForge makes the best affordable printer with the most features for the price, and as one Man mentioned in this forum, Dremel would not have chosen FlashForge without doing some research. Not to mention, pretty much Everything is made in China these days, you are just to naive to accept it. As for Ugly, who ever you are that made that comment, You are probably Ugly, and I bet you call animals Stupid, when most animals have more common sense than you. So Heirs to Dremel, and may they support this line for years to come. -V-

dclunie wrote at 9/22/2014 3:24:23 PM:

would have rather seen a cnc machine from them rather than a makerbot knockoff.

Sam wrote at 9/19/2014 9:28:04 PM:

such a shame to attach the name of "Dremel" to a cheap chinese knock off company that produces below average 3d printers... oh well..

Adam B wrote at 9/19/2014 3:57:04 PM:

ThatGuy. I don't agree. if experience is critical to success then dremel should have done more research. the dreamer is one of the worst experiences there is. their software and slicer aren't good.

SirGeekALot wrote at 9/18/2014 8:00:19 PM:

This actually looks like a pretty decent design. I would buy this before I'd buy a Makerbot!

Tom McBaum wrote at 9/18/2014 6:27:31 PM:

At least the front window is clear on this one. That (and the price) alone makes this one a much better choice than the FF Dreamer.

ThatGuy wrote at 9/18/2014 5:01:52 PM:

That and I was expecting a cutter head to it....

ThatGuy wrote at 9/18/2014 5:01:05 PM:

Adam-B, I think it shows that the real differentiators in the 3d printing isn't the printers themselves, at this point- it is the filament and the design and slicing software that is really critical to success. You are right. A board, some motors, end stops and gears/rods is what a printer is, no real secrets. Some work better then others- bit it isn't like there is a giant leap in technology. Dual extruders are still just coming out commercially. I applaud Dremel for bringing out something. It's nice to get a big 'name' into it. If the printers crap the printing bed, that could cause some issues. This is all the wild west until HP launches their line and the market orientates itself.

Jay wrote at 9/18/2014 5:00:06 PM:

Home Depot is also selling Makerbot's in limited markets also. It doesn't bother me they are re-badging FF Dreamers. At this point in the market there's going to be several of those. This market is just opening and it's much cheaper to re-sell technology than to develop their own. They're hedging their bets doing this. Able to sell the technology, develop the market strategy, and gain experience without paying for the infrastructure. Heck, most printers are assembled from (mostly) off the shelf parts anyway....and based on open source a way almost ALL manufacturers are 're-badging' open source designs as their own in a way. The next step will be a 'sand box' model marketplace (ala' iTunes) with downloadable. pay-for-use, models. Bought a piece of outdoor furniture and the plastic cap broke? Get online to HD and pay .99 to download the model. Oh--and you'll have to use their 'color-matched' filament too.

V wrote at 9/18/2014 4:12:25 PM:

This is one ugly mofo! I would've expected much better from such a company. every man to his own trade.

Erik wrote at 9/18/2014 2:53:07 PM:

What a shame for this company, they use some chinese printer (copy of replicator 2)

Adam B wrote at 9/18/2014 2:10:12 PM:

It shows what an interesting time it is right now for this technology in that anyone can build in their basement, something that's just as good as a company with millions of dollars can build. or in this case seeing as it's just the FF dreamer rebadged, anyone in their basement can make something same or better. I actually think when that's the case it shows a real lack of effort, ambition, and quality. Everyone just wants to jump onto the 3d printing bandwagon as quickly as they can. hopefully they redid the FF proprietary software because it wasn't good. Happy to see Dremel enter the space, completly unimpressed with how they did it and let down. rebadged replicator1 ripoff.

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