Frequently Asked Questions

3D DIGILAB

3D printing is a method of creating 3 dimensional objects from computer model file. Many different forms of 3D printing exist today, but Dremel's 3D Printers utilize Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) to extrude layers of molten plastic on top of one another until an object is realized
Build quality depends on a number of factors such as layer thickness and slicer settings. The Dremel printers (3D20, 3D40, and 3D45) extrude filament into layers thinner than a sheet of paper, 50 to 300 microns (.05 -.3mm). The thinner the layers, the more detail can be printed.Also, many slicer settings can influence the build quality, the DigiLab Slicer has settings that are optimized for Dremel's 3D Printers.
3D20: Maximum build volume is 9” x 5.9” x 5.5” (230mm x 150mm x 140mm). 3D40 and 3D45: Maximum build volume is 10” x 6” x 6.7” (254mm x 154mm x 170mm). 30% larger than the 3D20.
The time it takes to build a 3D object depends on the size and complexity of the model file and it is not an exact science. Dremel 3D model files have estimated build times for your reference.
The thickness of your object layers is something you can choose. The 3D40 and 3D45 Printers have a maximum resolution of 50 microns (0.05mm), the 3D20 has max resolution of 100 microns (0.1mm). All printers have a minimum resolution of 300 microns (0.30mm). The higher the resolution, the smaller each layer and the better your object will look. The layer resolution depends on the setting:Low - 0.3mm Medium - 0.2mm High - 0.1mm Ultra - 0.05mm (3D40 and 3D45 only).
Objects sticking to the build platform is a good thing as they require a firm adhesion to the build platform during the build process. This is to ensure that the object remains stable throughout building. If your prints are too difficult to remove, your nozzle may be too close to the build platform. You may need to adjust your first layer height which is available in the settings menu. Please contact customer service if you have any questions, or this does not work. See instruction manual for object removal instructions.
Yes.You can pause a build, then change filament during the pause. The print can easily be resumed when you have completed the filament change process.
Your may need to optimize the model design. Angles greater than 45 degrees from vertical will require external supports to prevent it from collapsing. Also, even with supports, some models may require a specific orientation to be stable while printing, or an extra layer to help the model stick.In the DigiLab slicer try clicking "Generate Support" and "Build Plate Adhesion".If you are still having issues, please contact customer service for some additional ideas.
Yes, you can print such a model using supports generated by the slicing tool. In DigiLab Slicer, click the "Generate Support" button.
Supports are designed to be easy to remove and they should leave minimal marks on your print, however if you find some marks you can sand them with fine sanding paper.
Build tape is only required for 3D20 & 3D40. The black build tape will last up to 50 prints; the blue build tape will last up to 10 prints. The black build tape can be cleaned with a mild spray cleaner, this should extend its life.
Both build tapes will provide the same quality of build, the main difference is that the black build tape is more durable, and will hold objects tighter.
The best orientation for printing usually minimizes any horizontal overhangs that would require support and maximizes the build plate contact area. These are not always the same position, and some experimentation may be required to optimize.
This is called a skirt or brim and is used to prime the nozzle to ensure smooth filament flow before beginning to print the real model.
You can register your 3D40 or 3D45 printers on the Dremel Print Cloud service. This allows you to upload models, manipulate, slice, start a print and monitor your print until completion. If you have a 3D45 printer, you will get a feed from the onboard cameraa to show its progress. The Dremel print cloud can be accessed here: https://dremel-sso-profile3.boschwebservices.com/login?signin=9b4ea5058c...

Filament

Dremel filament is manufactured to provide the highest quality during operation and will help your Dremel 3D printer run smoothly. Also the DigiLab 3D45 utilizes specific RFID information stored on each spool to ensure the correct temperature, speed, and other parameters are used for each different filament type.
This is because the desiccant pack that comes with the filament developed a tear. This is common, and the "dirt" you see within the packaging is a form of salt that keeps the filament dry during storage. After the filament is opened, this can be safely thrown away in the garbage. Even though this contains salt, please refrain from eating it.
All Dremel PLA is compatible with all the Dremel 3D printers. The advanced filament types (Eco-ABS, Nylon, etc) are only compatible with the new DigiLab 3D45.
For the Dremel 3D20 and 3D40 you should only use Dremel PLA filament. The DigiLab 3D45 supports Dremel PLA, Eco-ABS, and Nylon. Other filament types may cause damage to the printers and will void the warranty.
How long your filament lasts will depend on several factors including the print quality used, infill density, and the number of supports required. For an example, each Dremel PLA spool contains at least 175 meters of filament, and the standard Dremel Frog print requires approximately 5 meters of filament, so each spool should be able to print approximately 35 frogs.
Storing your filament correctly extends the usefulness of the filament. Filament should always be stored in a cool, dry environment unexposed to changes in temperature or humidity. Always keep your filament inside the shrink-wrap plastic until you are ready to use it. Filament that is exposed to humidity or temperature extremes can become brittle or difficult to melt.
No, Dremel has developed a specially modified PLA blend that mimics the properties of ABS. We have avoided ABS filament due to health concerns.
The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for all Dremel filaments. Please contact the service department for copies.

Idea Builder 3D20

If the Dremel 3D software is unable to connect to the printer, first make sure that the USB cable is properly connected. Next you need to make sure that the driver is installed correctly. Check your operating system to troubleshoot driver installation. For further troubleshooting, contact customer service.
A model will be red if it is too big for the build area, floating above the build platform, or part of the model is positioned outside of the build area. Use the "Scale" and "Move" functions in the Dremel 3D software to adjust the model so that it is within the build area.
This could be caused by a few different reasons. A common reason is that a model file was saved outside of the build area or was scaled too small for you to see. It is recommend that you use the "Move" function to center the model and the "Scale" function to increase the model size .
Unfortunately Dremel 3D does not have the ability to repair models. Your best bet is to try Print Studio, or DigiLab 3D Slicer as both have the ability to work with imperfect models.

Service

Please contact Dremel customer service department for service information. Visit https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/service-repair for contact information.
All questions and support are provided by the Dremel service team in Racine Wisconsin. The address for returns can be found here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/service-repair
Yes. Dremel has worked hard to design your packaging so that un-boxing and boxing your Dremel 3D printer is quick and easy. The packaging will come in handy for future transportation and storage

Software

3D20: Connect the printer to you computer with the USB cable. Click the "Machine Inforation: button in the tools menu. Compare this against the latest version available for download on our website, here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/software 3D40 and 3D45: Connect the printer to the internet using the ethernet plug or wifi. The printer will automaticall check every time you turn it on. There is also a "Check for Updates" button in the tools menu. If your machine is not connected to the internet, you can check the firmware version in the "About" screen in the tools menu and compare it to the version that is available for download on the website here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/software.
First download the firmware package from the website here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/software.Then, extract this zip file onto a blank USB drive. Turn off your printer and place the USB drive into the front port. Turn the printer back on, and follow the instructions that come up. If this does not work, please contact customer service here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/support/software
.Your new Dremel printer will come with slicer software package pre-loaded on the USB drive (3D40,3D45) and the SD card (3D20). We have upgraded our slicer offerings with each printer release. You can find the latest version of DigiLab 3D Slicer here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/software.It currently only supports 3D40 and 3D45, but 3D20 support is coming soon.There is also a cloud based remote printing service that can be used with 3D40 and 3D45. This allows remote slicing, starting, and monitoring prints. Remote monitoring includes status of locally started prints and video status for 3D45 only. You can log into the Dremel Print Cloud Here:
We are always trying to provide the best tools and user experience. We have upgraded our slicer offerings with each printer release. You can find the latest version of DigiLab 3D Slicer here: https://dremel3d.co.uk/software. It currently only supports 3D40 and 3D45, but 3D20 support is coming soon.The new Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer is based on Cura, one of the industries best slicing programs.
Dremel has utilized the knowledge of the 3D printing community by using open source elements in our printers and slicing software. All attributions are made, and the applicable code is available to the community. Please refer to you manual for instructions.
Both 3D40 (latest firmware) and 3D45 will accept the following common gcode formats: .g3drem, .gcode, and .g. The officially supported slicers are: Autodesk Print Studio, DigiLab 3D Slicer, and Simplify 3D. Although code from other slicers will run, you may need to optimize the settings yourself.
The picture information is included in the print file header. Some slicer programs like Print Studio are unable to generate the picture information, others have no problems. The presence of a picture will not affect the print quality in any way.
Yes, if that program creates a .g3drem, .gcode, or .g file. However, the profiles included in Print Studio, DigiLab 3D Slicer, and Simplify 3D are optimized for the Dremel 3D Printers.
3D models should be saved in STL or OBJ format in the program used to create these files. You can then use any of the Dremel supported slicers to convert the files into buildable models. The supported slicers are: Autodesk Print Studio, DigiLab 3D Slicer, and Simplify 3D.
.Yes, you can, majority of modeling software can export files to STL, which is the file type accepted by Print Studio, DigiLab 3D Slicer, and Simplify 3D.
If your model is too big and resizing is not an option, you will need to break the model into smaller pieces before slicing.This can be accomplished in TinkerCad and most other 3D programs.
The Dremel 3D20 can only build .g3drem files. You can use Dremel3D, Autodesk Print Studio, or Simplify3D to create these files. All of these programs can accept .STL and .OBJ files. The Dremel 3D40 can build .g3drem, .gcode, and .g files. You can use Dremel 3D Slicer, Autodesk Print Studio, Dremel 3D Slicer, or Simplify3D to create these files. All of these programs can accept .STL and .OBJ files. The Dremel 3D45 can build .g3drem, .gcode, and .g files. You can use Dremel 3D Slicer, or Simplify3D to create these files. These programs can accept .STL and .OBJ files.

3D Printer Specific

Here are several videos showing Dremel 3D Printers in action: https://dremel3d.co.uk/content/how-videos
https://dremel3d.co.uk/content/how-videos : 3D20 quick start guide, PLA filament (1x .5kg spool), USB cable, SD card loaded with model files and Dremel3D software, build tape, an object removal tool, instruction manual, unclog tool, and leveling sheet. 3D40: quick start guide, PLA filament (1x .5kg spool), USB cable, USB Flash drive loaded with model files and DigiLab Slicer Software, build tape (2), an object removal tool, instruction manual, unclog tool, and build sheet. 3D45: quick start guide, ECO_ABS filament (1x .5kg spool), NYLON filament (1x .5kg spool), USB cable, USB Flash drive loaded with model files and DigiLab Slicer Software, build platform glue, an object removal tool, instruction manual, unclog tool, and build sheet.
Dremel 3D Printer and Dremel PLA filament is sold a select stores nationwide and also online.
3D20: There is no door lock or monitoring on the Dremel 3D20. 3D40 and 3D45: The doors are monitored, and both doors must be closed to initiate a remote print from the Dremel Printcloud. This ensures that there are no hands inside the printer when a print is started from a user who is not near it. During any other time, including building an object, opening a door will cause a warning notice to display on the screen.
3D20: There is no door lock or monitoring on the Dremel 3D20. 3D40 and 3D45: The doors are monitored, and both doors must be closed to initiate a remote print from the Dremel Printcloud. This ensures that there are no hands inside the printer when a print is started from a user who is not near it. During any other time, including building an object, opening a door will cause a warning notice to display on the screen.
No, there is no emergency stop button, however, on all Dremel 3D Printers, the side power switch will immediately cut power to the printer.
The 3D40 and 3D45 Printers come with "Quik Level", which is a feature that is capable of detecting the position of the build platform with the use of smart sensor technology. It creates a reference point in the back of the build platform, then transfers that level to the front two adjustable points. It then directs the adjustment until all points are at the same level.
Please refer model comparison chart on our website to see the differences between the 3D20 3D40 and 3D45.
No, all of Dremel's 3D Printers (3D20, 3D40, 3D45) are constructed as single extruder systems.
The new hose adapter can be made to fit the older 3D40s with a minor modification. The hose adapter is 3D Printed, and the file is here: .Please refer to the retrofit procedure here:
The 3D45 adds several features over the 3D40: - Support for multiple filament types. PLA, ECO-ABS, and Nylon at launch with more to come later. - Camera for remote monitoring of builds - Filament type and length detection - Heated build platform to reduce model warping - Larger touchscreen and new user interface - Exhaust air filter, particulate and active carbon
The heated build platform helps prevent builds from warping. This is especially true with more technical materials like Nylon and ECO-ABS.
The supplied glue is the best, safest, material we could find that would work with all filaments supported by the 3D45. It provides a strong adhesion that helps prevent builds from failing.
Remove it from the printer and rinse it under warm water. The glue will dissolve. After the build platform is clean, allow it to dry completely before reinstalling it into the 3D45.
The glue on the build plate does not need to be cleaed every build. You can scrape rough edges off after a build, and applying more glue. This can work well once you build up a few layers. You would need to wash it if theer are deep gouges in the glue layer, or it has built up unevenly and make the build platform unlevel.
If you observe glue residue on the level sensor, you can gently scrape it off with a side-to-side motion. Do not use tools that are sharp or may pinch the plunger. Be careful to not touch the nozzle behind the level sensor, it may be hot.
The RFID Tag allows the DigiLab 3D45 printer to identify what type of filament is loaded into it. With this information, the 3D45 will set the correct temperatures and print speed to ensure your selected model prints optimally. It will even do this if the original print file was sliced for a different material. The RFID tag also allows the 3D45 to keep track of the amount of filament remaining on the spool so it can warn you if there is not enough to complete a print.
The camera only operates with the online Print Cloud service. Please log into dremel print cloud to remotely monitor your printing. You can even monitor the status of locally started prints.http://printcloud.dremel.com/
For times when the glue holds too well, we have found it best to use the provided removal tool (scraper). Work it under a corner or side and then continue to push it under the build until it releases.
The hose adapter is for use with a fume extraction system or for duct fan ventelation. First you will need to print the hose adapter file located on the printer. It can be printed out of any material (PLA, ECO-ABS, or Nylon). If you are using a fume extraction system, please be sure to turn it on every time you use your printer.
The 3D45 chooses settings that are optimized for each type of filament. However we understand the need for adjustability. There are two levels of user control of print settings. 1. From the Main screen press FILAMENT > VIEW/EDIT FILAMENT SETTINGS. This will allow you to specify temperatures and speeds. These settings will be remembered for as long as that spool is loaded. 2. From the Main screen press TOOLS > SETTINGS > ADV. MODE. Selecting "PRIORITIZE G-CODE SETTINGS" will set the printer to always use the print settings included in the print file. This allows you to change parameters in your slicer and have them faithfully used by the printer
There is a particulate filter and an active carbon filter.
Dremel provides the ability to connect the 3D40 and 3D45 printers to ventalation systems and to fume extraction systems.

Autodesk Print Studio (3D40)

Autodesk, the creator of Print Studio, has decided to focus on professional and industrial 3D printing. They no longer support Print Studio, therefore it was not updated to work with the most recent Windows 10 Creator update.
Both software programs have similar features, however DigiLab 3D Slicer is based on open source Cura whereas Print Studio is owned by Autodesk, but will not work with Windows 10 Creator or newer Window's Updates.
Print Studio will automatically add supports to ensure good build quality, however if you would like to delete the supports before slicing, go a step back to the "supports" section and delete them, Print Studio will not add them again.
Supported operating systems: Apple® Mac® OS® X v10.10 (Yosemite) or later Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1, 64-bit only Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64-bit only Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit only, up to Anniversary Update, Creators Update and are NOT supported Minimum system specifications CPU: 64-bit processor (32-bit not supported) Memory: 3 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended) Storage: 2 GB free disk space for installation Graphics: Microsoft Direct3D® 11 capable graphics card or higher.

Dremel 3D Slicer (3D40 & 3D45)

The Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer is Dremel's own slicing software. It is based on the open source Cura with several modifications that are specific to Dremel printers. We will continue to develop 3D Slicer to improve its capabilities and ease of use.
Unfortunately, Wifi and USB connections are not supported by the first release of DigiLab 3D Slicer. These are features that we will add in future updates. For now the only transfer method supported is with USB drives.
Supported operating systems: Apple® Mac® OS® not supported at this time - Will be in first update. Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1, 64-bit (32-bit not supported) Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64-bit (32-bit not supported) Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit (32-bit not supported) Minimum Windows system specifications: CPU: 64-bit processor (32-bit not supported) Memory: 3 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended) Storage: 300 MB free disk space for installation Graphics: OpenGL 2 compatible graphics chip, OpenGL 4.1 for 3D Layer view
SUnfortunately, the 3D20 is not supported in the first release of DigiLab 3D Slicer, but it is on the short list for future upgrades.

Dremel Print Cloud (3D40 & 3D45)

After you register your 3D Printer on Dremel3D.com, click the "Go to Print Cloud" button. You can also go directly to the printcloud here: https://printcloud.dremel.com Once logged into the print cloud, go to the "Printers" tab, and then "Register Dremel Idea Builder 3D40/45 Printer" You will need the token/registration code from the printer. This can be found on the "About" screen in the "Tool's menu. A new token can be requested in the "Settings" menu. For 3D45, you can also scan the QR code from the "Settings" -> "Token" menu.
The DigiLab 3D45 has a built in camera. It can only be viewed on the print cloud, but you can monitor locally started prints as well as print cloud initiated prints. When a print cloud started print completes the print cloud will create a time lapse animated .gif of your print.
Sometimes disruptions in the connection, like a wifi dropout, can cause the print cloud to loose sync with the printer. Try restarting the printer. Other issues could include someone requesting a new token on the printer, which will cancel the previous token. In this case you will need to re-register the printer with the new token
Yes, from the "Printers" tab, click the "Share" button for the printer that you want to share. You can email the invitation to anyone you like.
Double click on the name of the file, and it will begin to download that file for you.
Yes, in the step 2 "Layout" function, select "Add File" You can then add and manipulate multiple files.
If you have additional questions, please Contact a Dremel Expert and they will be happy to help answer your questions.