Dremel DigiLab, the educational division of U.S. tool manufacturer Dremel, has launched its new Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D printer. Designed for the classroom, this desktop machine features a flexible build plate for the easy removal of parts.
“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,” said John Kavanagh, President of Dremel.
Tools for the classroom
Dremel has been manufacturing tools for over 85 years. As the originator of rotary tools used in the metalworking, the company has significantly contributed to industrial machining. In 2014, Dremel used its experience in manufacturing to create the Idea Builder 3D printer. Upon its release the company stated:
“The Idea Builder is yet another high-quality, easy-to-use tool designed to inspire and empower the end-user to build on their own ideas.”
In 2016, the successor of the Idea Builder, the Idea Builder 3D40, was introduced with upgraded WiFi capabilities. Following this, last year, the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer debuted with enhanced safety and remote management features.
Now, Dremel has launched the 3D40 FLEX with access to a four-hour professional development course and 30 standard lesson plans for students from third to 12th grade. Kavanagh added:
“The Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D Printer will help with complex and practical applications, perfect for educational usage. “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 Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D printer
As well as its flexible build plate, the 3D40 FLEX 3D printer is said to print 30% faster in its draft mode setting. The printer also prints in up to 300 micron resolution or in high quality in 50 micron resolution; this enables more intricate features like arches, organic forms, small details, engravings, and diagonals.
Furthermore, cloud-based printing software has been integrated into the 3D40 FLEX to maximize printer usage. Moreover, the 3D printer has been UL-certified and tested to ensure safety in classroom and makerspace environments.
Technical specifications & pricing
|Build Volume||255 x 155 x 170mm (10”x 6”x 6.7”)|
|Weight (without spool)||16kg|
|Extruder Temperature (maximum)||230°C|
|Operating Interface||3.5” Full-Color IPS Touch Screen|
|Materials||Compatible with Dremel 1.75mm filament|
|Software||Dremel Digilab Slicer for Windows and Mac OSX|
The Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX will be available next month from $1,299.
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Featured image shows the Dremel DigiLab 3D40 FLEX 3D printer.