Dremel enters niche 3D printing market with $999 3D Idea Maker

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The world of 3D printing on Wednesday welcomed an unexpected new player as rotary tool specialist Dremel announced it will be releasing a consumer-grade 3D printer of its own next month.

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At what point will it become like todays paper printers? Buy a printer for $60. Ink refills cost $60. Might as well buy another new printer. (I was recently told that the ink cartridges that come with the printer have a much lower yield, can anyone confirm?)
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Looked at the 3d printer at our library in darien, il today, where I used to work. They don't guarantee when you submit a job that the proper filament is installed, so you may not see it print. I'm not gonna try that then. 3d printers are revolutionaly in that manufacturing will move back to the united states. They can print houses and printed a car in chicago, near here.
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Where is this made? USA, Japan or China? Cost $1,000 plus tax. Dremel makes find rotary tools, but the venture into 3D Printer and this one is huge. I see it's use a LASER beam in there. Two fans too cool things. Autodesk another fine company but what type of warranty is coming with this 3D Printer?


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A 3D printer from a name manufacturer is a good sign for this market. I'll be waiting for reviews of the Dremel 3D, but for now I'm pretty excited.


That's correct. The cartridges that come with a printer are usually 1/4 full.


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That's because the 1/4 cartridges are meant to get you started, while keeping printer prices down. A choice of color in this case and the quantity is yours to make after you purchase the printer.

It is no different from buying a wire welder. You are given a small spool of wire to start with and then, you decide what size spool and the type of wire, after you buy the welder.


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Unless you need components for some hobby or business use I still don't see what the fuss is over these devices.


No laser, fans just cool the heating elements on the outside of the module.