Dremel DigiLab 3D40 3D Printer Review: Super Safe, American Made
For those who value style, simplicity and functionality, the Dremel DigiLab 3D40 printer delivers all three admirably. The Dremel is a fully assembled 3D printer with many safety and usability features.
Dremel is a subsidiary of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation and has designed this 3D printer primarily for the education community. The company is more well known for its American brand of power tools with their rotary tools being the most popular.
Although this 3D printer is made for students and teachers, it would be equally at home in a design studio or home office.
It’s a great printer for those people who just want to make 3D objects and models without having to constantly tinker with their printer.
It has about the same footprint as a large desktop laser printer measuring 20.25 inches high x 16 inches wide x 15.9 inches deep and weighs about 35 pounds.
Because the Dremel 3D40 is designed to be used in schools, it has some excellent features to make 3D printing easier.
|Print material||Auto Calibration||Maximum print size(inches)||Heating bed||layer thickness||Customer support||Assembly time||Warranty|
|PLA Only||Yes||10"x6.0"x6.7"||No||50-300 microns||Excellent||10 Minutes||One Year|
- Key Features
- What’s In The Box?
- Is The Dremel 3D40 Easy To Set Up?
- What Software Can You Use With This Printer?
- What Type Of Filament Is This Printer Compatible With?
- Is It Possible To Print Two Color Objects With This Printer?
- Tips For Producing Great Prints
- Where Can You Find Print Files To Print On The Dremel 3D40?
- What Customers Are Saying
- Final Verdict
The Dremel 3D printer is fully enclosed to minimize noise and to ensure that heated and moving parts are kept away from curious fingers. This means it’s also quite safe to use at home especially if there are children and pets around.
You can still easily see what’s going on though, with an acrylic see-through lid and front door.
Reliable No-Clog Technology.
The single extruder on this printer features Dremel’s sensor technology. This means it resists clogging saving you a lot of time in maintenance.
The extruder can also detect when the filament runs out and will pause the print so that you can load a new roll of filament.
In addition, the extruder goes through a special pre-print activity which flushes out any old filament. This will ensure that you get perfect prints every time.
Removable Print Bed.
The glass print bed on the Dremel is removable which makes it much easier to remove printed object. It is not heated which means that this 3D printer is only suitable for PLA filament.
The maximum build volume is 10 inches x 6.0 inches x 6.7 inches.
The bed also has guided 2 point leveling by using the instructions on the touch screen and turning a knob underneath the platform.
The Dremel 3D40 is WiFi enabled and connected to the Dremel Print Cloud. This means you can send print files straight to the printer from your computer or smart device.
You can also easily monitor the print progress remotely which is great when you’re away from the printer for any period of time.
Large Color Touch Screen.
You can also easily operate this printer without having it connected to a computer using the large full color touch screen. This can be particularly useful if your WiFi drops out.
Extra Safety Feature.
The doors on the Dremel 3D40 have a special monitoring function which means that they must be closed before a remote print can be initiated. This means that you can’t start a remote print if someone else has the printer open.
What’s In The Box?
The Dremel 3D40 comes fully assembled and you can start printing your first 3D model within 15 minutes of unpacking.
Here’s what is in the box:
- The Dremel 3D40 3D printer.
- The glass print bed.
- An instruction manual and a Quick Start Guide.
- A power cord.
- A USB cable.
- A USB flash drive.
- One spool of PLA filament.
- A scraper tool.
- Some blue painter’s tape squares to apply to the print bed.
- A tool to unclog the extruder.
Is The Dremel 3D40 Easy To Set Up?
As we mentioned previously, with the Dremel 3D40 you can be printing within 15 minutes of unboxing. It is one of the fastest 3D printers to set up and get started with.
All you really need to do is unbox the printer and remove the packaging material. Plug in the power cord and turn it on.
Next, place the filament spool inside the printer and load the filament into the extruder using the prompts on the touch screen.
Then you’ll want to apply one of the painter’s tape squares onto the print bed, insert the bed and level it using the instructions on the touch screen.
Now you’re ready to try your first test print.
You’ll find the easy set up instructions in the Quick Start Guide and also on the Dremel 3D website. There are both step by step instructions as well as easy to follow videos.
The videos cover a number of topics including:
- Unboxing and getting started.
- Filament installation.
- Leveling the build platform.
- Building your first model.
- Understanding the 3D software.
- Connecting the WiFi.
What Software Can You Use With This Printer?
The Dremel 3D40 comes with its own web based slicing software which requires no installation. All you need to do is create an online account and then connect your printer via WiFi.
You are also able to download the software and there is a companion app for both Android and iOS.
This 3D printer can only print .3dremel files so you can’t use any other open source slicing software to create the print files. However the software can slice any STL or OBJ files that you import into it.
The Dremel slicing software has all the necessary slicing functions such as layer height adjustment and adjusting print speeds. You can also adjust and create infills and support structures.
If a model that you’re wanting to slice is red, it means that it’s either too large or a part of it is outside the available print area. You can use the ‘scale’ or ‘move’ function to adjust your model easily.
You can also use the Print Studio software to prepare your files for printing as this is compatible with the Dremel 3D40. One advantage of using Print Studio is that it will automatically add supports.
There is an option however, to remove the supports if you don’t want them. Print Studio will work on both Windows and Mac.
What Type Of Filament Is This Printer Compatible With?
The Dremel 3D40 only prints with PLA filament and is only designed to work with Dremel PLA. On the plus side, this filament is available in 10 colors including black, white, silver, blue and 6 other bright colors.
The Dremel PLA has been specifically made to work with their 3D printers so that you get the best result possible.
To extend the life of your filament, Dremel recommends that you store it in a cool, dry place that is not exposed to abrupt temperature changes or humidity.
Using other types of filament in the Dremel 3D40 will void the warranty and may not give you optimum results.
Is It Possible To Print Two Color Objects With This Printer?
Even though the Dremel 3D40 only has one extruder, it is possible to print two color objects.
All you need to do is pause the printing at the correct spot and change the filament using the touch screen.
Tips For Producing Great Prints
Here are some user tips which we found on the Dremel website to ensure that your printer always works perfectly:
- Always use tape on the print bed.
- Make sure the bed is level before you start printing.
- When you’re loading filament, allow the extruder to extrude any waste material or filament from the last print job before you start printing.
- Remove the print bed from the printer to remove a printed object.
- Use the scraper to remove your printed object gently to avoid damaging the print bed or the object.
Where Can You Find Print Files To Print On The Dremel 3D40?
On the Dremel website there is an entire section dedicated to 3D print files that you can easily make on this printer.
There are files for jewelry, toys, items for your home and lots of useful gadgets. You can even send them a request for an item that you’d like to print and they can create a print file for you.
You’ll also find some excellent print files on Thingiverse specifically for this printer, however most files found on Thingiverse can be printed on the Dremel 3D40.
What Customers Are Saying
We read many positive reviews for the Dremel 3D40 3D printer. Customers said it was easy to set up and use and the print quality was excellent.
What we noticed was that a lot of these customers had been using the Dremel for a long period of time and had printed a lot of projects with it. All of these people said that the Dremel worked flawlessly and produced excellent prints time after time.
Positive reviews also came from customers who own or have owned other 3D printers with some even saying that this was the best printer that they owned. Even 3D printing newbies said that this printer was easy to use and produced great results.
Another positive thread that we found among reviews was that the tech support was fantastic and problems were solved quickly and easily.
If we had to find any negatives it would be that a handful of users found the software a little difficult to use and not as intuitive as they would have liked.
If you’re looking for a 3D printer that produces great quality prints without too much tinkering, then the Dremel 3D40 certainly fits the bill.
It’s extremely quick and easy to set up and will have you printing within 15 minutes of taking it out of the box.
The guided bed leveling makes it super easy to ensure that the print bed is always level before each print. Being removable also makes it much easier to remove printed object from the print bed.
Add to this the intuitive color touch screen, the WiFi connectivity and the no clog extruder technology and you have an excellent 3D printer for both novices and experienced 3D printers alike.