Cutting Help?

Does anyone have any tips/ideas on how to engrave designs into acrylic? Preferably letters, i would like to know how to engrave letters clearly Thank You

Posted by Waztsn 3 years ago

Dremel Alternatives?

Is there any alternative for a dremel so that I could widen the hole in my NF so that the new barrel would fit in?

Posted by crinal123 9 years ago

Have you guys heard of the new dremel trio?

I was wondering if anybody heard about the dremel trio. I was also wondering what you guys thing about it because I am thinking about buying it. Thanks for your input.

Posted by Robot Lover 8 years ago

Inexpensive Tools and where to Find Them

In the quest to make things we need tools. Some are expensive and some are not. I found a place to buy tools that is very reasonableNorthern Tool. This link, for example is for their brand of rotary tool. I've used this tool and it meets or exceeds a Dremel's capabilities, and no I don't work for them. I saw some designs for jewelry made from industrial junk and I needed a rotary tool. Since I'm a little short in the cash department right now I explored other avenues. Glad I did.

Posted by Phoghat 10 years ago

Small change release

Just a few changes this time around.  You'll notice the header - we made it a bit shorter to use less screen real estate, and less ... orange (personally I liked the orange but many found it distracting). The main thing is that we've opened up Guide writing to all Pro users.  We're soft-starting this, it's not being announced anywhere but here as yet, so we can start out easy and see how it goes.  Guides are awfully useful and we figure more should be better but it's also good to start small sometimes. Also we're starting a new ad campaign with Dremel and there's some special content we had to prepare for that.  You'll see it very shortly!

Posted by rachel 8 years ago

Rotary Tool neck thread size

I have several ideas for rotary tool accessories that would make my life easier, but they would have to be attached at the neck. So I need to cut out a hole, and tap it out to the right thread size. Anyone know what that is?

Posted by BoomGuy 11 years ago

dremel guide (for admins or moderators)

I think that you guys (instructables) should make a guide on dremel care, hacks, fixes, and projects (emphasis on projects) i just bought a dremel and i love it but i want something to do with it. please consider this -kieran eglin (qballcat)

Posted by qballcat 9 years ago

Dremel Plus Drill Press?

Would it be Possible(practical) to substitute a Dremel for a drill in one of those presses where you add your own drill? (Which I can't seem to find the presses, that I'm talking about online. Although I know they exist.) Found one, and it seems to be used with a dremel. (I think.)

Posted by kojimagtr 10 years ago

Kinzo (Dremel clone tool chuck)

Hi you all, Firstly, English is not my natural language, so please bear with me I bought some time ago a Dremel clone, Kinzo X-power mini grinder, (image atached below), and I am wondering if someone have this tool, or if you know if the original Dremel chuck will fit on this one These are the chucks I've seen;_rvr_id=707068506358&mfe;=search and this is my dremel clone Thanks in advance

Posted by Apolo8 4 years ago

Dremel Wound Question?

Quick Question: I was using a Dremel Rotary tool yesterday with one of the rough sanding bits. While I was using it, the tool slipped off the edge of the wood I was sanding and landed on my middle finger, stupidly, I wasn't wearing gloves like usual cause' I was in a hurry and had left my gloves on the upper level of the house. Anyway, I got it off my finger and turned off the Dremel immediatly and it slowed down fairly quick. Now, I got a small wound on my finger, not bad, but I wanted to ask if I should be worried about it being infected since the dremel bit probably had wood dust all over it.

Posted by LoneWolf 8 years ago

Wah pedal as speed controller for Dremel?

I was working with my Dremel the other night and I noticed my not-working Crybaby out of the corner of my eye and started thinking that it would be a perfect speed controller for my dremel. I think I'm gonna tear it apart and see what it looks like inside and see maybe where to go from there. Probably would like it to have a footswitch somehow that will turn it off or when it is pushed all the way in it will turn off. Just an idea. If anybody has some suggestions or maybe could build it and make an instructable that would be awesome.

Posted by oopeydoopey 7 years ago

I hope they're paying to be members

I hope Dremel are paying for their membership, because otherwise it's the most blatant spam I have seen here for a long time.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


I have just enter membership  and i cannot copy the templates for the mini tablesaw i have all the instruction but no templates help please thank you!

Posted by pierreval 5 years ago

B&D Rotary Tool

I've really wanted a dremel lately...but they're so darn expensive! I saw this Black and Decker one that looks pretty good for a decent price. (Plus, I have a $25 gift certificate) What do you all think? Target's amazon page is selling one for 29.99 + 4.99 shipping;=hi

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago

Pnuematic die grinder VS dremel?

Which do you guys think is better? A die grinder is cheaper, but dremel is brand name, everybody's got a dremel.Lowes has a nice die grinder kit, for only $25. I'm sure dremel bits would work in that, and if not, I can make an adapter for it. They also have a nice dremel set, but that's for $90.I don't intend on getting one immediately, but I've been meaning to get some sort of a rotary grinder, the 8 inch disk one is a little bit too big for some stuff.

Posted by cvxdes 10 years ago

What's the right dremel bit for a circle jig cutter? I had problems with this.

Hi, i just made a circle jig cutter for my dremel. I used the included dremel that you can see in the picture below, it basically looks like a drill bit, but it's sharp in the edges, so it can cut to the sides, thing that drill bits cannot do. I tried to cut 3/4 MDF, but it was very hard to do it, I simply had to stop the process after concluding that that's not the right bit for that job. I think I had problems because this bit is for cutting to drywall sheets instead. What do you think? does anybody know what dremel bit should I use to cut circles through 3/4 MDF? thanks.

Posted by johanx4 1 year ago

July 2014 Build Night with Dremel

20 SPACES AVAILABLE - USA ONLY Deadline to sign up: Monday, June 9. Accepted spaces will be notified by June 11 JULY BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Dremel, the versatile hand-held tool system, for our July 2014 build night. We have over $1000 in materials! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (5) Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool (3) Multi-Max MM30 Oscillating (5) EZ686-01 Accessory kit (5) EZ688-01 Accessory kit (5) MM495 Accessory kit We will only be sending the list of tools above. You are responsible for providing materials to use with the tools. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Select a Build Night Host: Each space must pick a host to present a 15 minute tool safety demonstration at the beginning of the build night. Host a Build Night: pick a night in July (any night) to host a project build night using the Dremel tools and kits. You can host multiple build nights during July and August to work on your projects. Post Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the Dremel Tools. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. GOOGLE HANGOUT EVENTS We will be hosting Google Hangout events during the month of July to talk about the tool. Stay tuned for a schedule announcement! SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by June 11 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Dremel materials without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Dremel Project Videos Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago

is the dremel stylus good? what dremel is the best?

I am going to get a dremel tool soon and i was wondering if the stylus is any good. can you cut stuff with it. small pipe plastic etc.? is there any other dremel that you think is better. i will be doing light projects and also some others that require cutting. will it hold up? thanks ~josh

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago

broken dremel

About a week ago my dremel stylus broke and I havn't really done anything about it. I have no warranty and it's almost a year old (christmas present). I think that it's the base that's broken, but I can't be positive, I think this because it won't charge. Does anyone know where I can get another base for less thatn 20 or 30 dollars?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

Google Hangouts with Dremel & Instructables

Instructables is partnering with Dremel, the versatile hand-held tool system, to host four google hangouts during July! I will be hosting the hangouts along with a representative from Dremel. Come join us and talk about the Instructables build night program and Dremel tools. Details below. Dates July 9th , July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th. All events are 6pm PST. Anyone is allowed to attend. You do not need to be participating in the build nights to sign up. **We will have a bonus event on August 27th that will be a show and tell for projects created during the Dremel build night. Sign ups for this will happen later in the month. How to Join We can only have 8 people join each hangout. It will be first come first serve with priority given to people participating in the Dremel build night. If you are part of a makerspace, fab lab, student group, library, or other making group we encourage you to have multiple people hang out from one computer at one location. Sign up using this google form. Since we are tight on space, please only sign up if you are absolutely sure you can attend the hangout. We will have 2 people in the wait list for each night so if you sign up and end up not being able to attend please send me an e-mail so I can notify the wait list.

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago

Rainbow vac for dremmeling?

Is this a good idea or no? I'm sure a few people on here know what a rainbow vac is, and it has the suction to work (although I try to use the low-speed mode if I can because it's a loud vacuum). I emptied it today however and there was metallic crap EVERYWHERE on the inside of the bowl. It wasn't that bad actually and washed out with water. But I was wondering, should I maybe use something like some dryer vent and make a plate to fit into my window?

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago


Hi, i am wanting a dremel rotary tool, for christmas, but which one? which one does everyone else use? which one do you like? any feedback would be well appreciated. Thanks

Posted by HTF 9 years ago

New dremel question

I have the old gray version of the dremel rotary tool, and I see now that they have now made it chunkier looking and black. I have noticed a general tendancy in commercial products that with an upgrade in image comes a downgrade in performance. How do these new dremels hold up? are they as powerful/durable as the old ones?

Posted by 8bit 9 years ago

Dremel just stopped

Hi I was using my Dremel with a saw attachment cutting wood half way in the Dremel just stopped. The spindle rotates cleanly I have checked the fuse etc which is fine   There were noises at all love my Dremel helps me a lot in my hobby repairing and repanting Model buses cash a little shirt so I can’t just go out and buy a new one 

Posted by Gefcon 8 months ago

Which rotary tool?

I recently got some money from the government for my good grades (YAY!) So now I can get myself a nice rotary tool. BUT I can't seem to make a decision! I have 2 brands in my sights Dremel (No specific model/kit in mind yet) Gyros (;=AXL381AZQM9Q1) And if it isn't a POS Northern Industrial (;=AF8EGQ3KRZQB6) I am leaning more towards Gyros as their attachments seem pretty good. Its also significantly cheaper than Dremel. Please give honest feedback. Thanks!

Posted by micraman 6 years ago

Dremel Tips/Tricks

Hi, I just got my Dremel yesterday (multipro 285 for £20) it ROCKS but I thought it would be good to have a forum topic for people to post tips/tricks about using their Dremel that they have pivked up/ made up.Mine is this (Its in pdf format) but basically it is a way to use you dremel to quickly "Desolder" pcbs (~5 minutes or less per board!). Wht you do is put on a coarse (~60 grit) sanding drum and go over the back of the pcb. It is very dusty but afterwards the components just need a small pul with some pliars and your done.

Posted by josh92176 11 years ago

Dremel Micro Repair/Reuse

Recently at the end of 2016, I acquired a Dremel Micro cordless rotary tool from a garage sale/yard sale for about $20. I used it maybe 3 - 4 times until it didn't want to hold a charge for long. Basically when I put it on the charger, the LEDs scroll top/down indicating it is charging but after a minute or two they stop their normal scrolling sequence and they all stay lit up, which isn't even mentioned of in the manual. The fuel gauge battery indicator shows up red meaning it's near its battery life. At this point, I'm considering either to salvage the motor or buy a new battery for the dremel (which are 2 Sanyo 14650 batteries that are soldered onto a circuit board inside). I'm just wondering is there something that I have failed to do that would make the dremel not hold a charge? Thanks in advance!

Posted by TXVisual 1 year ago

Dremel + Instructables Build Night @ TechShop Chandler

Once again - a great many thanks to Instructables and the event sponsor Dremel for this awesome opportunity!  Our members had so much fun on Build Night.  They sent us five Dremel 4000 rotary tools, and three MultiMax MM30 Oscillating tools, along with an awesome variety of attachments and bits!  What an awesome gift! I structured this Build Night as a challenge.  We provided basic building materials, like wood, PVC, metal, foam, fasteners, wire, glue, tape, etc. to the participants.  I laid out the tools on a table, and gave a brief explanation and safety overview.  I told them to split up into teams, and that they would have three hours to come up with a project, document it and write an Instructable to submit once the project was complete. When I said "go!" there was no hesitation.  I was so impressed with the excitement and creativity of the group.  We had about 20 people show up, they split into about 6 six groups... and immediately started working on their projects. About 45 minutes in, I made an announcement - that they would get one trip to the hardware store... I was surprised again, at how little they needed... They were resourceful enough to use the materials at hand! Halfway into the Build Night, the projects began to materialize... We had a group of guys who made a marionette, we had this really neat Pan Flute Box, a crossbow, a maze, a floating can coozie, and a couple of other small projects on the side. Everyone did pretty well to make it to the three hour mark, and cleaned up after themselves (amazing!!! :) what a great group!) Then over the course of the next few days, the Instructables started to come into my inbox... I'm still waiting on a couple, so I will post these ASAP. Everyone had a great time, and it got our shop buzzing with activity!  Thank you again Instructables!! and Dremel!! You guys rock! <3 Tiffani @ TechShop Chandler

Posted by coercionette 4 years ago

Light up skateboard risers

So i found this instructable on making light up skateboard risers : and i have a slight issue with following it to the letter. My risers are not slim hard plastic wedges but instead are 1/2" solid rubber flats, so i want to know if anyone thinks there could be an issue with 'dremeling' a bit deeper than is neccessary for the electronics and taking advantage of the soft rubber by letting the exposed side seal itself against the bottom of my board when i bolt it into place so i dont have to glue the batteries as well as the electronics to weatherproof it? To clarify, i intend to hot glue the LEDs, wiring and switch but not the batteries so that they're easy to replace...

Posted by ambientvoid 7 years ago

Dremel? Is it any good?

Http:// saw this in "Lowes" yesterday and I'm planning on buying it. I'm just not sure if it is worth it or not. I'm actually hoping that this will speed up the process of cutting shapes into steel tubing.The steel tubing I'm cutting is about 2mm thick. Does anyone here have Dremel? If so, please, what are your comments on it? Is it a good tool to cut steel? How long does it take to cut through steel tubing?

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 11 years ago

I got an ad...

I came home today and went on instructables, and I got an ad for a dremel on the home page. Is this a in house ad, like for an upcoming dremel contest? I'm not complaining, I just thought I'd let you know.  Pic below:

Posted by kcls 8 years ago

Cheap rotary tools/dremels

What do you guys think about these? Are they any good? Im talking about the really cheap £5-£10 ($10-$20) ones. I've always wanted a dremel but I didn't want to fork out more than about £10. Thanks - Josh.

Posted by josh92176 11 years ago

rybobi or ozito rotary tool

Hi everyone, i saw the ozito rotary tool for $39 and the ryobi for $97 at bunnings, will the dremel bits fit these two items and will the router attachment (the round one that comes with the dremel )fit them does anyone have any advice on which one and why and pics or info would be great

Posted by Gainey 6 years ago

Most Useful

I was just curious what tools or techniques folks found most useful in their projects. For me it is the Dremel and epoxy.

Posted by RadBear 9 years ago


Mission Statement: Nerf United Group's primary goal is to dremel, unscrew, and modify all nerf guns. As Stephen Colbert suggests 'Back off I have a gun'.

Posted by vanpaun 11 years ago

Most used objects

So, what do you think are some of the most used things on instructables? Duct tape dremel soldering iron What else?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago

Robot gets Bizzy!

Hey, I just noticed that on some of the categories, there are customized Robots!  I'm a bit disappointed that neither Halloween nor Dremel are part of the fun, but it's still cute :-)

Posted by kelseymh 7 years ago

Dead Sewing Machine or Dremel Tool Motor

A woman asked me to look at her sewing machine. The motor was dead. A new foot control did nothing. A dealer seemed disinterested in looking at it for repairs, but wanted to sell her a new machine for $700+. Attached is a photo of the commutator from her machine's motor after I cleaned it up enough to run again. After 15 years of use there was so much oxidation and contamination from brushes arcing that an Ohmmeter showed infinite resistance (open circuit) across the commutator, unless readings were taken on the brighter copper colored portions of the commutator. (The brushes are still good.) Then I got reasonable readings, indicating there was actually an unbroken circuit across the armature coils. Removing shrouds and getting to the motor was the most difficult part. Then I turned the motor by hand while I held 500 grit sandpaper on the commutator until it was clean and bright. The motor runs like new again. The owner is very happy. (I made this fix as a favor, not to gain income.)I had expected something like I found in a Dremel tool that quit working. With an Ohmmeter I found a break in the circuit between the field coil and a terminal pin. (I was able to bridge the broken connection and the Dremel workes again.) Another sewing machine did not run, and the problem was found to be a bad electronic circuit board no longer available. That machine had to be replaced.But, sometimes somethng so simple as a very dirty commutator is the only problem and is easily cleaned so the machine works perfectly again.

Posted by Phil B 6 months ago

Why is it...

Why is it I always find this type of contest after I've made the gift without documenting the process and the gift is nicely wrapped? It is just sitting there mocking me saying "Unwrap me and simulate the construction. You want another Dremel. You know you do."

Posted by RadBear 9 years ago


Https:// Produces the following error: Please excuse me, that was very impolite! - javax.servlet.ServletException: javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/common/layout_bootstraped.jspx': ServletException in '/pages/explore/type/instructable_content.jsp': java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException  It has produced it for several days, regardless of the browser used. Thanks for looking into this, George

Posted by gwilliams9 5 years ago

how to stripplarge copper wire effortlessly

I have about 100 pounds of electrical copper wire, and I need to strip it for scrap I was wondering if anyone out there has a quick easy way to strip the wire with a power tool? would a dremel with a cutter do the work.

Posted by renaye 10 years ago

RobotArm CNC

Could you do a video on how to make a desktop ROBOT CNC milling machine which gets controlled by usb via software and reads STL file formats Using a dremel On lynxmotion they say it can't be done. I don't believe that.

Posted by Curly01 10 years ago

what are you getting for christmas? tools?

Just wondering what you guys are getting for christmas. is there any new cool tools out? cheap? i am getting the dremel stylus, by the way is it good? i am also getting a tool box kit. (soldering iron, pliers, etc)

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago

sword help

Hi all a friend has a toledo steel sword that needs help.  it looks like some one tried taking a dermel to it to sharpen it,  there is gouges/ groves in the blade.  i have a dremel and polishing stones, wheels and compound, but I have no clue how to use any of it.  any and all suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank you for your time.

Posted by denkeeper 5 years ago

Question about sanding wood

Anybody have a tip on how to sand smooth many small discs of wood? Rather than do it all by hand with sanding paper I mean… Is there a (cheap) sanding tool that I can purchase? Not something like the Dremel, Im thinking more about something with a flat sanding surface. Thanks anybody that will answer.

Posted by marcellahella 3 years ago

Which most have tool to buy ? Only have 100 euros

Hi all, I'm starting a little workshop/workbench but don't have a lot of funds. What ultimate electrical tool should I get first ? (under 100 euros) I was thinking about Dremel.. but not sure how many times I'll use it :)

Posted by hgodron 7 years ago

Cutting brass sheets: replicating Christmas ornaments

I'm looking to replicate a brass ornament for a dear friend. The ornaments in question are similar to these ( Do you guys have any suggestions on how to get the precision for the concentric rings as well as the detail inside? I thought about using a Dremel for the detail work, and snips for the outside, but I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for the rounded rectangles.  Thanks!

Posted by RamboBrite 4 years ago

Star Trek Door, Sleek Word Clock, Speed Racer Cake

Star Trek Door Sleek Word Clock Speed Racer Cake Bike Party Trailer Cut a Royal Seal Issue 50 Has Arrived! Glass Tiles from Bottles Bubble Wrap To-Do List RM 100 Mega Rocher CD Scratch Art Fix a PS3 in an Oven 6-Sided Snowflake Dremel Table Mount

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Cutting PVC Pipe - Lengthwise for guttering

Ok, here's one I thought I'd throw open to the masses.... I'm knocking off the last of a fully automated self-sufficient watering system that runs completely off grey/rainwater. However, the coke can guttering is not working in this position as it has previously :(  I was thinking of using PVC piping, cut lengthwise for guttering. However, I'm working out the logistics of cutting it. It can't be cut directly in half - this would be too shallow to catch the runoff from the chicken shed. and funnel it down to the tanks, so I'm looking at removing a chunk of the top.  And I also have no table saw. Wheee. What I do have Dremel (x2) with associated cutting wheels Jig saw (With associated plastic cutting blades) Circular Saw Mitre saw Hand saws (tenon, crosscut, hack, pruning, etc) So, here's one that I'm throwing open. With the tools I have, how would you do it?  I'm leaning towards the dremel, but there would probably be issues with maintaining a straight line (not that I care about some warp, it's a gutter)   Ideas? *EDIT*  Ended up using a jig saw with an acrylic cutting blade. Worked a treat.

Posted by taleya 8 years ago

Looking for a plastic etching or scribing kit to place my name on sunglasses so I never lose them again!

Hi, Does anyone know of a way to imprint my name in ordinary plastic objects so I can identify them with my name and phone number? I have a metal etching kit, but I can't seem to find anything similar with plastic.  I know that I can scribe it by hand with a dremel, but I want something more regular and 'pro' looking than that. Thanks, Blake

Posted by blakeinla 7 years ago