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Dremel 3D Printer Adds Mobile Printing from iOS and Android Devices

The company will also launch a program to give free 3D printers to education "ambassadors."

Dremel has rolled out two new mobile apps for its latest 3D printer that allow users to print 3D models and monitor printers remotely.

The new app, called Dremel 3D, supports the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40, a 3D printer that is available in a configuration designed specifically for education. The education edition (3D40 EDU) provides curriculum, professional development and one-on-one customer support, as well as additional materials, including extra PLA spools, an extra build plate, extra tape for the build plate and a USB flash drive with curriculum-based 3D models.

The printer, which was previously available for preorder but is now shipping. The 3D40 already supported wireless and Ethernet printing, two rarities among 3D printers at this stage, as well as the common USB printing support. Now with the mobile apps, students can select a printer, start the build process and monitor progress on their iOS and Android devices.

The app also allows users to browse an online gallery of models and download models to a local 3D object library.

Dremel Idea Maker 3d40 printer with mobile app for Android and iOS 

Dremel also announced it’s launching a new ambassador program. Educators selected to participate in the program will receive a free Idea Builder 3D40 and 10 spools of filament for their school. Information on the ambassador program will be posted on Dremel Education’s Facebook page.

Dremel 3D is available now as a free download in the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The Dremel 3D40 is also available now. Additional details can be found on Dremel’s site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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