Company president John Kavanagh made the announcement on stage during a keynote at MakerCon in New York City. "Seeing a 3D printer work for the first time is something we wanted to show people," he said. "98 percent of people don't know what a 3D printer is or does."
Kavanagh said the Idea Builder was designed with both experienced makers and novice users in mind, and he also announced a partnership with Autodesk to help provide free print-ready 3D models and online design tools.
"This is just the beginning for us," said Kavanagh in a simultaneous company press release. "We'll be offering an increased number of customizers on our site that will further empower people to develop and personalize projects of their own. Long-term, the partnership with Autodesk will allow us to bring together hardware and software to better address the needs of our community."
Dremel's "Experts" program offers product support and mentorship for users, plus print-ready models, templates and other tools from the Autodesk partnership will be available on Dremel3D.com.