Dremel Digilab 3d45 3D Printer Review

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Overview of Dremel Digilab 3d45 3D printer

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

Dremel 3D printers are known for reliability and sturdiness, with an almost 90-year tradition to uphold. Dremel’s products sold under the Digilab brand, are designed to assist consumers in getting started creating 3D models. And then progress further with 3D printing technology. 

The Dremel digilab 3D45 belongs to the company’s higher-end 3D printers. It has a hot glass bed and a fully-metallic hot end powered by a direct drive extruder. This is capable of attaining up to 280°C temperature and has a construction volume of 254mm x 152mm x 170 mm.

Image: Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

The machine has been rigorously tested to confirm some of the key claims:

  • The capacity to craft 3D prints of high quality
  • Wide compatibility with a variety of filaments, both proprietary and third-party 
  • Good adhesion on the heat bed 
  • Is highly versatile in functions 
  • Reliable and safe to use 
  • Extremely user-friendly 
  • Good for academic application

Let us dig deeper into the Dremel digilab 3D45’s design, specifications, and both hardware and software performance.

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Functions and Design

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

The Dremel Digilab 3D45 is a reasonably big printer, spanning 15.9″ by 20.2″ by 16″ in height, width and breadth. It weighs a hefty 47 pounds, ideal for a workbench or work table.

It makes use of a closed frame configuration with an outward-opening transparent plastic door from the front. And there is the obvious as seen above. This allows quickly accessing the print bed as required, as well as ensuring safe execution of running print jobs.

The construction capacity of the 3D45 is comparable to that of the Makerbot Replicator+ (5.9″ x 9.9″ x 7.8″) and broader than that of the LulzBot Mini (6″ x 6″ x 6.2″). 

The printer has a touch screen of 5 inches that can be used to load filament, created from a USB thumb drive.  There is a slot on the display’s right side, and one can also perform other activities. 

The touch screen is not quite as sensitive as desired; one needs to press it a few times before accepting input. 

The switch on and off button, a USB port to connect the printer with a PC using a cable and a networking cable port are all located on its right side.

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Specifications of the Product

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

The Dremel Digilab 3D45 is the most dependable and easiest to use 3D printer. It’s ideal for application in higher studies and enterprises. 

Flexible filaments such as eco-ABS and nylon are now available for use with this 3D printer. The 3D45 has RFID enabled filament identification. This automatically helps identifying and adjusting settings for efficient printing. Capabilities like an inbuilt camera and heated bed take the printer to a different level.

Let’s look at some of the other salient specifications:

  • Remote control and print viewing
  • Print efficiency greatly improved due to a patented support leveling system
  • Variety of filament material expands printability
  • Auto configuration of print settings by Rfid recognition of filament used
  • Heated construction plate coupled with an upgraded extruder
  • Setup time is greatly decreased as is avoidance of any misprinting as a result of automatic print settings on basis of filament type
  • Inbuilt camera offers a user friendly system to generate time-lapse videos and easy and advanced print management.
  • Users can print great prints by maximizing on the types of filaments that the printer can use.
  • The packing kit comes bundled with the 3D printer, filament spools (2) and couple of glue sticks
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The Slicer and Equipment on the Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

The Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer is a full-featured 3D printer employing FFF print technology with a plastic body. 

It uses a Cartesian axis system, far more rigid and precise than a polar or delta system. The print head slides over the X and Y axes, while the bed moves along the Z axis, ensuring speed and precision.

The 3D45’s print head is a direct extrusion type, with the filament-feeding motor installed directly on it. This makes loading filaments simple, adding to the system’s primary premise of “easy to operate.” 

Yet, the machine is heavier than comparable designs due the print head. This can affect the productivity and preciseness of printing as compared to using a Bowden type extruder. 

The 3D45’s setup is made easier by semi-automatic leveling. Calibration is made possible simpler through a touchscreen. The usage of an RFID sensor is another added functionality. With this loaded, the 3D printer reads RFID tags on the Dremel filament spools. It then automatically creates the proper print settings. 

The 3D45 being an open system, this functionality adds to the enhanced usability in tandem with self-brand materials.

The Dremel Digilab 3D45’s print bed is designed to print using a variety of difficult materials. It is made up of two parts: a detachable glass plate and a heated bed. The heated bed may be set to 100°C, which is necessary to prevent 3D prints from warping.

For removing finished pieces, the detachable glass plate is a useful addition. Printing here on the plate also results in items with finer first layers. 

The 3D45’s confined build chamber further prevents warping and debonding. 

Despite its unappealing appearance, the 3D45’s plastic shell helps in safer operations. This makes it acceptable for use in academic settings.

The Dremel Digilab 3D45 slicing application based on Cura is used for 3D modeling. This software is highly recognizable and has a super easy UI.

Depending on the operator’s expertise, both suggested and bespoke settings can be employed. 


The Digilab slicer allows one to view a sample of the print with props and bed adherence by selecting “layer view”.

A drawback of the Digilab slicer is the lack of plugins that are bundled with the Cura software. One misses the Catia, custom supports, SOLIDWORKS, and mesh tools that are available with Cura.

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Technical Specifications

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

Let us look at the important technical specifications of the Digilab 3d45:

General

  • Build area : 10” x 5.98” x 6.69”
  • Connectivity : USB, LAN (RJ-45) and Wi-Fi
  • Print Technology : FDM
  • Print Layer : 1.27 million
  • LAN Connectivity : Yes using Print Server
  • Warranty : 1 Year limited

Product Specifications

  • Manufacturer : DREMEL 3D 
  • Product Brand : Dremel 
  • Line of Product : Dremel DigiLab 
  • Product Model : 3D45 
  • Quantity in Packing : 1 

Machine Specifications

  • Print Area : 16” x 15.9” x 20.2”
  • Weight : 42.77 lbs.
  • Type : 3D Printer
  • Operating Temp. : 60.8°F minimum to 84.2°F maximum
  • In-Build System : LCD touchscreen Display of 4.5 inches
  • Filaments : ABS, Nylon
  • Slicer Software : Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer and Print Cloud
  • Operating System : Windows and MacOS
  • Accessories : USB Memory drive, Removal tool, Glue Stick

Power Supply

  • Type : Internal
  • Voltage : AC 120 – 230 V
  • Frequency : 500/60 hertz
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Final Verdict

Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer

The 3D45 is a dependable 3D printer that lives up to the Dremel name. The machine is failure tolerant. The 3D printer can craft large and tiny 3D printed products of sufficiently high quality. And can go on printing with projects for hours on end.

Loading of filament spools from 3rd party sources may not be so smooth. Yet, the printer proves it can expertly handle a variety of materials including PC, TPU and Nyclon.

Thus, it is far more advanced than the usual 3D printer for the desktop using PLA filaments. Any defect in adhesion is almost always because of the design. With some experimenting with a variety of adhesives, one can get it working right. 

The hot glass bed that comes optional certainly improves the quality of the first layers and adhesion. Having the option to remove the plate after printing, makes object removal a breeze.

The following set of features live up to the 3D45’s simple to use claim. 

  1. Direct extrusion makes loading filaments simple as also the RFID chips aid easier printer settings.
  2. The Cura inspired Slicer software, the Dremel Digilab 3D45 is quite intuitive and yet has a familiar UI. 
  3. Partly automated leveling of the bed, Wi-Fi access, and touchscreen offer smoother operation. 
  4. The 3D45’s fully enclosed print bed and can be purchased in an education bundle makes it ideal.

This 3D printer is very dependable, generating similar parts with hardly any variation in size. The machine smoothly performs a variety of tasks. These include model making, functional prototyping and crafting of teaching materials. Some degree of aesthetic enhancements to the enclosure would be desirable for the price tag. 

The Dremel Digilab 3D45 is a very flexible 3D printer capable of churning out high-quality models. It has the potential to be a dependable 3D printer.

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