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Hacking the Dremel 3D20 3D Printer to take different filament | Hacking the dremel 3d20 3d printer for larger filament.

I have written a product review of the Dremel 3D20 here, its overall a very good printer. I have been using it for some time now and Im really please.

It does have one really bad attribute, the fact it can only use Dremel filament. There is a huge cost to this problem, Dremel  filament cost around $140 AUD for half a kilogram. Looking on Ebay you will find 1KG for around $20, so the price difference is HUGE.

Whats stopping you from using aftermarket filament? Nothing really except the housing in the Dremel. Its built to only take a Dremel drum.

So…. To get around this problem you can print new housing which will hold the drum higher, these plans are available to download. Problem is there are many different sized drums available too, I fixed this by designing a spacer which accommodates for the drums I purchased.

I have included photos of the different parts and also a step by step instructions on how to perform the upgrade. Here is the link to the .stl plans which I used to print the new bracket. I have submitted my plans here.

I have been using the new hacked system for some weeks now, its flawless. The only thing you may need to take in to consideration is the new filament you purchase. I noticed that it did not stick well during my prints, it also left a lot of the edges stringy. The work around for this was to increase the temperature from 220 to 230 degrees, the results were instant. I think this is the case with all 3D printers. You will need to make these adjustments to improve your designs. 

The finished product feels and performs superior to the original which comes across as a little small and flimsy.

You will notice the picture on the right that the drum sits too low, thats why we printed the addition spacer which I designed. This lifts the drum above the floor level to allow the filament to flow easy.

This guys has performed a step-by-step video on youtube on how to perform the upgrade, very detailed and informative. Watch it here.

Also, this is a link to the ebay filament which I purchased, its around $20 per 1kg. This is really cheap, and as mentioned earlier works well for me. Link here.

Here is a quick breakdown of the effort required, use the photos as a guide but the youtube clips explains it well.

01. Remove the back cover underneath.

02. Once removed, locate the holder, its hidden a little.

03. These are the screws you need to remove.

04. This is what the spacer looks like.

 

Its not a huge job, overall it will take around 5 minutes. Well worth the effort.

Enjoy!

Review of the Dremel 3D Printer 3D20 | Dremel 3D printer 3D20 review

I have owned the printer for several months now and thought it would be a good idea to do a review.

I was completely new to the 3D printing world, I had no idea how any of this technology worked so I think it will be a useful review to help new buyers.

The units purchase price was around $1300 AUD, which I think is quite high, then again I dont have a comparison to understand what your getting for your money.

From the reviews I have read it appears to be good value for money, especially considering that most cheaper units are DIY.

When you receive the unit it come packaged in a very secure cardboard box, easy to remove. Preparing the unit is pretty easy, remove all the stick tape which keeps it secure while in transit. 

Assembly is straight forward, all the piece fit in perfectly. You will be ready to print your first design in around 10 – 15 minutes.

Once everything is ready to go, you will find an SD card with several designs which you can test.

If you want to download your down design you can, I use a site called www.thingiverse.com This site is one of the best / free available. When you decide to download a specific design it comes packaged in a .Zip file. 

Once decompressed you need to load the .stl file from that design into the Dremel software, which is typically stored on the SD card provided.

The Dremel software is pretty awesome as it comes compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Once installed you can load the .stl files downloaded online. 

In the software you can all more objects or move them around on the area which they will be printed on. Once your happy with the appearance you software the design on the SD card.

Remove the card from your PC and insert into the printer, you will find you have to storage sources available, local (On the printer) and SD card. Once you select the SD card you will see a list of objects stored, it will give you a preview of the item and its file name.

So my first print was a storm ship trooper from Star Wars, pictured above. The result was awesome, it was fast to print and the detail was amazing.

The second print was not so great. I wanted to print the storm ship trooper body, the download come in two parts (head and body). The print decided to break when it gets above the legs, the design moves while printing and eventually breaks, see image.

I attempted the print several times (x4) the result was the same, in some prints it will fail earlier.

So, taking this information into account I started printing designs which had a better base to work with. I printed an addition two designs from Game of Thrones which allows you to see the amazing detail this printer has, see below.

 

So once you get the hang of it, its amazing.

After printing the these downloadable designs I wanted to start creating my own designs. I did some research and it quickly become apparent that you need very expensive CAD software.

I came across an open source application called FreeCAD. After installing it I had NO idea how to use it, until I did some youtuding. The Tutorials are quite good online and I quickly built my own designs.

I will create a separate post showing how to do this. 

Overall Im really pleased with this 3D printer, good software from Dremel which is supported by all operating systems. I will do some further research to see if there is a way to prevent the designs from falling over during the printing process.