No assembly required for Cubify 3D printer
3D Systems' Cubify 3D printer is ready to work right out of the box
Since becoming more widely available to the public, people have found a myriad of uses for 3D printers, whether it's recreating bone, constructing replacement shells for hermit crabs, or simply customizing mini robot figurines. Unfortunately, most 3D printers still have one drawback over other types of printers, in that they typically need to be put together like a hobby kit. Seeing as most electronics are purchased fully intact, the idea of having to build a device piece by piece can be off-putting to consumers. 3D Systems is hoping to rectify the problem with its own 3D printer that actually works right out of the box, along with a new Cubify platform for designing and distributing printed creations.
The 3D printer, called simply The Cube, offers an alternative to other printers on the market like the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, which need to be pieced together like an Erector Set before they can start churning out your creations. The device was designed by 3D Systems to be ready to print the moment it's unpacked and connected to the Cubify platform.
Artists can design models for the printer using apps that work on smartphones and tablets, which the company claims are simple enough for children to use. At CES 2012, 3D Systems is even demonstrating a new app that designs 3D models using the Kinect, and has announced the launch of a Cubify website that allows users to upload and sell their models or creations online.
Other features of The Cube include the ability to print objects up to 5.5 X 5.5 X 5.5 inches (140 x 140 x 140 mm), an EZ Load Print Cartridge, 50 free 3D print files with purchase, plus USB and Wi-Fi connectivity.
3D Systems is currently selling The Cube 3D printer through Cubify.com for US$1,299.
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The UP! Personal Printer from WWW.PP3DP.com has been around for a few years now and IT works straight from a box.
Not only that, but it appears 3D Systems have been doing a spot of reverse engineering .... maybe the article needs altering?
Fairs Fair after all !
Makerbot Replicator is also not a kit-set
[You're right, Adrien. We were just in the process of covering the unveiling of the Replicator at CES - see www.gizmag.com/makerbot-replicator-3d-printer/21078/ - as this article was posted. -Ed.]
Yeh but the pp3dp needs to be assembled (look at the promotional video on their site), this article specifically refers to a 3d printer that requires no assembly.
Fairs fair after all ;-)
The price is still too high for all but well-heeled hobbyists.
On the PP3DP website it says that the parts have 30% the strength of an injection-molded ABS part. Perhaps the same is true of competing 3D printers. If so, making a prototype would be good as a visual check and for fit-up, but of limited use for mechanical testing.
Bruce H. Anderson
How much is a new cartridge and how many cubic inches of product can you manufacture with it?
The cartridge costs are now posted on 3D\'s website .... ~$45 USD
I live near the company\'s facility in South Carolina and had a chance to briefly talk with one of their engineers. He said the material was ABS and had roughly 75% of the strength of an injection molded part (depending on construction variables).
He had a typical sized chess board piece that was not solid, but quite sturdy and said that it contained ~$4 worth of material. I tried to get some further details on this, but he did not have them at hand.
When will they have a 3D scanning accessory, so we can duplicate parts (for repairs, for example)! ;)
@anouna at the risk of sounding like a moron. I don't think that would work as you would get an exact replica of the broken part you copied, so it would still be broken X.X
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