Though best known for its power tools, Dremel has branched out into the world of 3D printing in recent years, offering a growing range of 3D printing products, mostly aimed at the education and maker markets. Today, the company announced the release of its latest 3D printer model: the DigiLab 3D40 FLEX, an intuitive 3D printer with a flexible build plate for part easy part removal.
Though a problem that’s largely been addressed in professional 3D printing, part removal can still be a tricky part of the desktop 3D printing process. In the context of classrooms, Dremel has set out to make additive manufacturing as straightforward as possible.
“We’ve seen a lot of use and success with our previous 3D printer models,” said John Kavanagh, Dremel President. “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.”
Not only does the flexible build plate make it easier for users to remove their finished prints, but the 3D printer also offers the opportunity to print 30% faster using its “draft mode” feature. This setting maximizes the print time, enabling faster turnarounds.
Dremel has also equipped the hardware with higher resolution printing capabilities (up to 50 microns) than its previous machines, which enables a higher level of detail and more intricately designed parts. The UL-certified machine comes with Dremel’s cloud-based software and access to the company’s customer support.
“The Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D printer will help with complex and practical applications, perfect for educational usage,” Kavanagh added. “It’s a safe, reliable option for Makers of all ages and skill levels and incorporates a lot of smart design elements to enrich the experience.”
The new 3D printer will become available this February through select retailers and via Dremel’s online store. The DigiLab 3D40 FLEX will retail for $1,299. Educators can also take advantage of a special offering that includes both the 3D40 FLEX and the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printers, as well as a four-hour-long professional development course and 30 standard lesson plans.