Recommended Dremel speeds for artists

Recommended Dremel Speeds for ArtistsI’m frequently asked about the Dremel speed one should use on a particular material. It’s tough for me to know all of the possible accessory/speed/material combinations, as I haven’t tried them all.

Thankfully, I found an excellent resource that holds the answers – a series of charts that includes the recommended speed settings for specific Dremel bits when in use with specific materials (aluminum, brass, ceramic, copper, glass, hardwood, plastic, shell, softwood, steel, and stone).

Behold the awesomeness of these charts:

I hope you find them helpful!

6 Responses to “Recommended Dremel speeds for artists”

By Lmvhudso - 30 November 2015 Reply

Thank you so much for these links. I’m always forgetting this stuff. Brilliant!

By Elissa - 3 December 2015 Reply

I’m just glad I found the links and I’m always happy to share!

🙂 Elissa

By Bibi - 11 August 2016 Reply

Thank you so so much for this info. I’m so glad I found your posts. You’ve helped me tremendously. I have a dremel 4000 and I’m a beginner so been trying my hand at carving and engraving.

By Elissa - 11 August 2016 Reply

Bibi –

I’m glad that the post was useful to you. Have fun with your Dremel!


By Joel - 15 August 2018 Reply

What about working with PMC And Jewlery.

Should I stick to a dremel or a flex shaft.

What’s the difference in performance?

Great work above. Always something to learn from your posts!

Thanks so much

By Elissa - 20 August 2018 Reply

Joel –

You can attach a flex shaft to a Dremel. I have one and it’s an awesome addition (and not too expensive).

You can use the same bits on the flex shaft as you do on the Dremel itself.


So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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