Get ready to print, party, and prosume with Dremel’s DigiLab 3D45
where a guy from the 70s meets modern cutting-edge innovation!
Alrighty then, buckle up your jeans jackets, folks!
Back in 2015, Dremel busted onto the 3D printing scene with their debut 3D printer. Fast forward to just about a few years ago, and guess what? They dropped their latest model, the DigiLab 3D45. This bad boy isn’t your average Joe – it’s built for the prosumer and the cool cats in the professional league.
Picture this: you’re in the 3D printing game, and the DigiLab 3D45 waltzes in like the star of a disco party. It’s not just versatile; it’s got more moves than John Travolta on the dance floor. This high-performance 3D printer is the bee’s knees for those serious about turning their creative mojo into reality.
So, whether you’re a prosumer or a pro-pro, the DigiLab 3D45 is here to make your 3D printing journey as smooth as a Saturday Night Fever dance move.
Get ready to groove with the future of printing, baby, and lets dive into it
Semi-automatic (assisted) bed leveling
Automatic filament detection
Built-in HD camera for remote monitoring
Cloud print management (in collaboration with 3DPrinterOS)
Dremel DigiLab Slicer (Dremel’s version of Cura)
Closed print chamber, high bed and extruder temperature enables you to print specialty filament like nylon
Open filament system: can print 3rd party filaments
Inside The Box
SanDisk 16GB USB Flash Drive
Nozzle unclog device
2x Glue stick for better print bed adhesion
2x filament spool
Quick start guide
Object removal scraper
DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer
Check out the Dremel 3D45, decked out in a slick black jacket, fully enclosed like a rockstar in a blacked out limo!
Strap on your platform shoes and buckle up, gearheads!
Dremel’s DigiLab 3D45 just rolled into town with more doors than a Hearse, making it hotter than a Saterday night disco inferno!
Remember the days of warning your kids/students not to mess with the scorching nozzle? Well, kiss those worries goodbye, ’cause the Dremel’s got you covered with not one, but two doors – one up front and a rooftop entrance.
This ain’t just about safety; it’s about turning up the volume on your printing game.
The DigiLab 3D45 is like the muscle car of 3D printers, totally blacked out, which gives the whole setup a professional swagger.
Picture this: you’re peeping down into the printer, watching your creation unfold from a different perspective – it’s like front-row seats to a rock concert, baby!
But wait, there’s more! This bad boy comes equipped with an HD camera, capturing every twist and turn of the printing party. Check it out on your phone, wherever you are – it’s like having your own personal roadie. And guess what? It’s got an active carbon filter, so you can park this rockstar in your bedroom. Now that’s what I call 3D printing with a whole lotta soul! Get ready to print and roll, 70s style!
Alright, cool cats and groove gurus, let’s get down to the lowdown on the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 – the 3D printer that’s geared towards the prosumer and the pros!
This machine is the real McCoy for schools, maker joints, and print farms.
Hardware – Built Like a Rock Anthem:
This bad boy is as solid as a rock riff, no doubt. The closed print chamber gives off that mysterious backstage vibe, but don’t trip – the top lid and front door swing wide open like scoring tickets to a sold-out gig. The heated, removable bed with a glass surface is the stage for your creations, and the filament spool, well, it’s partying inside the print chamber, easy to grab through a side panel. And dig this – the bed leveling sensor is like a sneaky superhero, sliding out only when it’s time to kick off a print or do some assisted bed leveling. No accidental sensor bust-ups here!
The built-in carbon filter is the security detail, filtering out potential harmful VOCs – a lifesaver for classrooms and offices. Plus, it’s got more ports than a classic rock amp: USB cable, USB Flash Drive, and ethernet, making sure you stay connected in style.
Now, about that touch screen – not the most responsive, I’ll admit. But fear not, I found a workaround. Enter the ballpoint pen stylus – makes the screen dance to your tunes like it’s grooving to a disco beat.
User Interface – Icons and Layouts, Oh My!:
The UI is as clear as a rock ballad’s chorus. Load and unload filament, tweak temperatures, adjust print speed – it’s all there, laid out like the ultimate setlist. There’s a twist, though – slicer settings and machine settings playing a little game of follow-the-leader. Just flick a switch, and you decide who’s calling the shots.
The preheat feature is like the guitar solo before the main act – indispensable. No more waiting around; get ready to hit the stage with your prints in record time.
Print Preparation – Cura’s Cousin with a Twist:
Dremel’s 3D Slicer is basically Cura with a dash of 3D45 magic. It’s like having a roadie with built-in recommendations, although you might not get access to all of Cura’s settings. And here’s the kicker – the 3D45 doesn’t prime before it starts printing. No worries, though; just hit up the priming tower setting and let the show go on.
Control, Connectivity, and Monitoring – Rock On, Anywhere:
Monitoring prints is a breeze with the 3D45. The built-in HD camera (720p) is your backstage pass to watch prints in real-time and whip up some shareable time-lapse videos. Pause or stop prints remotely – it’s like being the DJ in control.
Connect multiple Dremels to the cloud via Wi-Fi or ethernet. The cloud management software (courtesy of 3DPrinterOS) gives you the lowdown on print status, temperatures, and the filament left on the spool. Ideal for offices, maker spaces, and universities – it’s like having a tech manager for your 3D rock band.
And here’s the encore – the cloud management software can fix up your 3D models, scale, move, rotate them, and even slice directly from the cloud. Talk about a killer performance!
Now, check this out – the hotbed is fixed in place, locked and loaded, but guess what? Releasing it is a breeze. All you gotta do is lay your hands on those cool black knobs, press them both at the same time, and voila – the hotbed is free!
Bed Leveling – Two Thumbs Up, Quick and Easy! Here’s the cool beans – the assisted bed leveling is like a breeze in the ’70s, using only two thumbscrews up front. Quick and easy, no sweat!
Bed Surface Blues – Glass and Glue Tales: Now, onto the downside – the bed surface attached to the 3D printer bed is all glassy vibes, but it’s a bit of a glue party to get prints sticking right. You gotta slather on a generous amount of glue for the magic to happen. But hold up, once the prints are done strutting their stuff, getting them off is like trying to free your foot from a disco dance floor. The printer throws in an ultra-sharp spatula, but even that can’t save you from a bit of print damage during the liberation process.
Filament Loading – Clear Instructions, Dremel Exclusive! Loading filament is as smooth as a funk bassline with clear, graphical instructions on the LCD touchscreen. But here’s the twist in the tale – the filament holder is a bit of a diva and only grooves with Dremel brand filament. Wanna bring a third-party filament to the party? You’ll need to craft or score a filament holder to chill on the side of the printer, just like the cool kids do. The downside? It leaves a rather large hole in the side – not exactly disco chic.
So there you have it, the bed leveling is a walk in the park, but the bed surface might need some disco glue magic, and the filament loading is smooth unless you’re rolling with non-Dremel filament. It’s a mixtape of pros and cons, man!
Get ready to kick off your 3D printing party in a snap! With the Dremel DigiLab 3D45, diving into the world of creativity is as easy as tuning a radio.
The User Interface is designed for simplicity, featuring clear icons and a layout that even your grandma could groove to. Load and unload filament, adjust temperatures, tweak print speed – it’s all laid out for you, no tech guru required.
User Interface – Icons that Rock and a Layout that Rolls
Alright, let’s talk about the face of the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 – the User Interface, man. It’s like a smooth vinyl record with clear icons and a layout that’s more thought out than a killer guitar solo. Load and unload filament? Check. Dial in temperatures for the extruder and bed? Double-check. Wanna change print speed or tweak the fan cooling settings? It’s all there, laid out like the ultimate setlist.
Now, here’s where the plot thickens – I was a bit bamboozled at first. The slicer settings for the extruder and bed temperature didn’t sync up with the machine. But hold onto your bell-bottoms, after a bit of digging, I found a switch that lets you decide who’s the boss – the slicer or the device settings. It’s like choosing between rocking the disco or rolling with classic rock – your call, man.
Print Preparation – Cura’s Cousin with a 3D45 Twist
Next up, let’s spin the record on print preparation. Dremel’s 3D Slicer software is like Cura with a 3D45 remix – it’s got built-in recommendations that are as sweet as a ’70s funk beat. Now, here’s the kicker – you might not get access to all Cura’s settings, but who needs all the bells and whistles when you’ve got the essentials, right?
And here’s a bit of a curveball – the 3D45 doesn’t warm up the engines before hitting the print stage. No priming here, my friend. But don’t sweat it, I tried cranking up the priming tower setting, and, well, it didn’t hit the right note. Sometimes you gotta roll with the unexpected twists on the road to 3D printing glory. Keep on groovin’!
Out-of-Sight Print Quality and Jamming Performance
Get ready to witness print perfection, my friends! I cranked out around eight test objects with the Dremel DigiLab 3D45, two in high-resolution glory and the rest in standard mode. And let me tell you, the print quality was like a rock ballad – from good to downright excellent. No kidding, there was virtually no difference between standard and high resolution. It’s like the printer had a backstage pass to perfection.
But the real kicker? Not a single misprint, and none of the printed wonders showed any serious flaws. It aced the geometric test like a guitar solo, effortlessly handling raised text and various shapes on a steeply inclined surface. This machine is like the rockstar of the print quality scene!
Safety First, No Burnin’ Concerns
Now, let’s talk safety and noise – two crucial factors for a smooth printing experience. The 3D45 is like the bodyguard of 3D printers. Being a closed-frame wonder, it’s inherently safer than those exposed open-frame printers. The front door and lid stay shut during the print party, so you won’t have nightmares about accidental burns from the hot extruder. Even if you somehow get your hands inside the frame, the metal extruder nozzle keeps its cool, extending only a short distance below the extruder assembly and playing hard to reach.
Nylon Test – Unleashing the Tough and Flexible Vibes
Alright, buckle up, because we’re diving into the world of nylon with the Dremel 3D45. Nylon, the heavyweight champion of strength, resilience, and just a touch of flexibility – the superhero of functional applications. Now, the 3D45 proudly boasts its prowess in handling nylon, so naturally, I had to put it to the test with a couple of cool use cases: a living hinge and some nylon connectors.
Now, let me spill the beans – I don’t print with nylon just for kicks. Nah, it’s all about having a specific application or when the object demands those unique nylon properties. Why? Well, nylon is a bit of a diva to print. It’s sensitive to moisture, has a knack for warping, and demands a steady print chamber temperature.
But guess what? The 3D45 didn’t just meet expectations; it blew my nylon-loving mind. It dished out the best nylon print results I’ve ever seen from any desktop 3D printer. It handled the challenges like a seasoned rockstar, making me feel like I just hit the jackpot of nylon printing. So, if you’re into the tough stuff, the 3D45 is your go-to partner for turning nylon dreams into reality. It’s like having a nylon superhero right on your desktop – now that’s some next-level printing mojo!
Featured image shows a protective nylon phone case . Photo via Dremel.
Alright, let’s talk about the little frog that leaped straight out of the Dremel 3D45 – printed in PLA and landing right into my artistic brain. It’s like a 3D-printed masterpiece, fresh from the printer and ready to dance to the beat of your creative vibes.
PLA Test – Hoppin’ with Dremel’s Magic Touch:
Hold onto your hats, because we’re taking a leap into the world of PLA with the Dremel 3D45! PLA, the alround and reliable player in the 3D printing game. Now, let me spill the beans – I threw Dremel’s PLA to the test, and the star of the show was this Frog, right off the memory stick that comes with the 3D45.
Now, what’s special about this Frog, you ask? Well, it’s a standard on the memory stick, and get this – it’s printable without any support. That’s right, no need for training wheels! And you know what? The result was nothing short of fantastic. This Frog turned out as charming as Kermit himself, with the kind of PLA finesse that makes you want to give it a standing ovation.
So, if you’re looking to dance with ABS and want your prints to come out as smooth as a disco groove, the Dremel 3D45 is your partner in crime. This Frog on the memory stick is just a taste of the PLA magic waiting for you. Get ready to print with confidence and bring your PLA dreams to life – it’s a 3D printing party, and everyone’s invited!
Do You Need One?
Well, it depends
1. Assisted Levelling – Quick and Easy Groove: Leveling the playing field is a breeze with the assisted leveling feature. No more wrestling with complicated setups – it’s quick, it’s easy, and it gets you printing in no time. The 3D45 takes the hassle out of the leveling game.
2. Responsive Touchscreen – Control at Your Fingertips: Picture this – a touchscreen that’s not just there for show. The Dremel 3D45 boasts a responsive and detailed touchscreen that puts the control right at your fingertips. Adjust settings, navigate options – it’s like being the conductor of a 3D printing symphony.
3. Ethernet Port – Plug and Print Simplicity: Keep it old-school with a reliable Ethernet port. The 3D45 makes network connection a piece of cake. Plug it in, and you’re ready to roll. No fuss, no complications – just straightforward connectivity.
4. Wifi Connection – Cutting the Cord, Printing Freedom: Cutting the cord has never been cooler. The 3D45 lets you connect via Wifi, giving you the freedom to control and monitor your prints without being tethered. It’s like the printer is saying, “Print from wherever the creative vibes take you.”
5. Built-in Camera – Print Surveillance, Anytime, Anywhere: Ever wanted to keep an eye on your prints without leaving your favorite spot? The built-in camera in the 3D45 has got your back. Monitor your prints like a boss, straight from your internet browser. It’s like having a backstage pass to your 3D printing show, wherever you are.
1. Rigid Glass Build Platform – Prints, Meet Stickiness: Sometimes, the rigid glass build platform can be a tough crowd to please. Removing prints might feel like trying to separate a dance partner glued to the floor. It’s the downside of being too rigid.
2. Print Time Estimates – Two-Hour Jam Sessions: Ever had a printer that’s a bit too optimistic about its performance? The 3D45 can sometimes be offbeat with print time estimates, rocking a tune that’s up to two hours different than expected. Time to adjust your watch accordingly!
3. Jerky Camera Feed – Freeze Frames and Jitters: The built-in camera is like the paparazzi trying to capture your prints in action, but sometimes it gets a little too excited. Prepare for a jerky performance and occasional freeze frames – not exactly the smooth concert you were hoping for.
4. Wifi Woes – Cloud-Only Connection Blues: While the 3D45 is ready to cut the cord with Wifi, it’s got a catch. The connection is only possible through the cloud – no local option here. It’s like the printer prefers to be on tour rather than staying local.
5. Filament Favoritism – Only Dremel Rolls Invited: The 3D45 is a bit picky when it comes to filament. Only Dremel brand filament rolls get the VIP treatment in this printer. Bringing a different brand to the party? You might need to find a new dance floor.
6. Noise Level – Rocking a Bit Louder: For a 3D printer, the 3D45 might be a bit more vocal than expected. It’s like a backstage soundcheck that’s a little louder than the audience anticipated. Time to prepare for a rock ‘n’ roll ambiance.
– The Verdict –
Dremel 3D45 – The 3D Maestro: A Printing Marvel!
Let’s talk about the Dremel 3D45, the Nylon/PLA/ABS virtuoso that’s hitting all the right notes in the 3D printing symphony. This bad boy not only delivered the best nylon prints I’ve ever seen in the desktop realm but did it with a flair that puts it in a league of its own.
Considering the price point, the 3D45 emerges as a heavyweight champion in the professional arena. It’s not just the hardware – though that’s top-notch – it’s the dynamic duo dance with 3DPrinterOS that truly elevates this printer. Schools, maker spaces, and print farms, rejoice – this one’s your golden ticket.
The integration with the Dremel Cloud is where the magic happens. Connecting via Wifi or ethernet opens up a world of possibilities, turning your 3D printing experience into a blast. The collaboration between hardware and software is so seamless; it’s like the printer and the cloud are performing a perfect duet.
Now, let’s talk moolah. Sure, the Dremel 3D45 might be a bit pricier than your entry-level printers, but oh boy, does it deliver! It’s not just a 3D printer; it’s an investment in top-tier access, intelligent design that tucks away all the usual protruding parts into a single hub, and features like automatic leveling that make it a stellar choice.
Hats off to Dremel for this masterpiece! Keep that 3D printing magic coming, and you’ve got my full approval. The Dremel 3D45 is not just a printer; it’s a rockstar in the world of 3D printing. Here’s to more innovation and stellar prints – keep it up! 🎩🚀