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One of the first big names to jump into 3D print­ing, Dremel has downed its supremely ver­sa­tile hand tools and picked up a roll of PLA fil­a­ment ready to ex­trude up a storm. The Idea Builder has a 3.5in touch­screen in­ter­face, 230x150x140mm build vol­ume, an SD card slot and 4GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory. Yes, it looks like one of those step-on tool­boxes rather than a tasty chunk of the fu­ture (even Dremel reps have ad­mit­ted it looks like “an early mi­crowave”) but get­ting some more es­tab­lished names into the 3D printer space can only be a good thing. Next ques­tion: how will they con­vert their clas­sic ad for­mula? “You squirt molten plas­tic out of a hot noz­zle… Dremel squirts molten plas­tic…” US$1000 ($1330) / dremel.com

Steady in­crease

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