The new Cube 3D printer is a must have for all DIY people.

Yes! I know you can get a makerbot and yes it's maybe more in the spiret of DIY. But I must say the Cube is awsome easy to use. save your drawings in STL file and boom it's printet. No setup! just more or less PnP.

Price 1299 USD.


The print result is quite strong and with tolerance 0.2 - 0.25mm it's ok for homebrew stuff.


Have a nice Xmas and hope DIYdrones have so much more to come for in the year to come.




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Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 24, 2012 at 7:59am

Blast I sent my Christmas letter last week do you think he could be contacted or is the man in red busy today?

Comment by Josh Potter on December 24, 2012 at 10:48am

I don't know much about 3d printers, but what are the pro and cons of using ABS (like with cube) or PLA Filament (with Makerbot)?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2012 at 11:33am

Josh: PLA is biodegradable and, more importantly, doesn't shrink much in the cooling, so you don't need a heated build platform. 

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2012 at 11:36am

Hooks: I've played around with the Cube, and found it very easy to use, as you did. But it is a bit slow compared to the Replicator and I'm slightly concerned about its closed-source proprietary model. 

Comment by Emery c. Chandler on December 24, 2012 at 12:14pm

id like to get a 3d printer and/or a laser cutter for my hobby and hopefully work. what plastic is used to make this?

Comment by hardik on December 24, 2012 at 2:32pm

Hooks: I'd recommend something open source, there are tons of open source designs and kits available.

The problem with the Cube is you cant specify any print settings: can't ask for finer layers, different types of infill, speed changes mid-print etc... so you're locked into what 3d systems wants you to use for print settings. They also require you to buy plastic directly from them and not some other source so you'll end up paying a lot more for the same plastic everyone else uses except the plastic for the cube comes in a fancy cartridge.

And as Chris mentioned, its slow.

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Comment by Josh Potter on December 24, 2012 at 3:28pm

Chris and everyone, thanks for the great information.  On some of my own reading, I got the impression that ABS plastic is has a bit more flex and is better with heat, but PLA is an all around solid material.  Plus the latest makerbot is only another $1000.  Personally I think $2200 is an amazing price for a 3d printer.  With all the repositories out there, I'm having a hard time saying no. 

I also feel that a big DIY person should have at least a 30w co2 laser for cutting.  I had a bigger epilog (40w  24" x 12") once but didn't use it enough to justify keeping it.  I might keep a cheaper smaller Chinese one just for cutting.

Comment by Dave Wicks on December 25, 2012 at 1:28am
Limited functionality and proprietary cartridges, sure it looks cool but it's the furthest departure from DIY I've seen in a printer to date.. I've personally got my eye on the new Solidoodle 3, with a whopping 512 cubic inches print capability for only $799!

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on December 25, 2012 at 5:12am
It is possible to use ABS plastic from other source.. So you don't have to pay 50 USD for one cartridges in the cube store. As Chris say it is slow and there is space for improvment in the software. I'm sure newer versions with improvments will be released.

My point is for 1299 USD it's an easy way to make working prototypes. (It's better to have a need not than to need a have not)!
Comment by Janne Mäntyharju on December 25, 2012 at 11:51am

Yes, let's all welcome more-expensive-than-gold cartridges as in normal printers to 3d printing!


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