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Dremel Launches 3D Printer for Classroom Use

Dremel has debuted a 3D printer designed specifically for use in the classroom. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is now available to the education market, complete with teaching tools and customer support and training.

Available for about $1,000, the 3D Idea Builder is a 20-pound device roughly the size of a small microwave oven. Inside it is an extruder that heats and places the plastic on a left/right and front/back axis. Its movements are controlled by a 3D design digital file that can be downloaded to the printer. Its reduced noise quality minimizes classroom distractions while printing.

Intended to enhanced science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) subjects, the printer comes with 10 curriculum-based lesson plans and 3D model kits. Customer support is available via phone, Skype, online chat and e-mail.

"Because classroom technology continues to evolve, we wanted to provide students with a tool that truly captures their potential," said Dremel 3D Education Manager George Velez. "Paired with support and resources that help teachers integrate the technology into their instruction, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder can spark students' interest in important STEM concepts."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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