3D Systems Cube 3 3D printer: This 3D printer brings your creative projects to life, building dual-color objects on a print platform that stays cool throughout the process. Wireless connectivity and a color touch-screen let you transfer a project from your computer or smartphone to your printer with ease.
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Dual extruder prints 2 colors or materials at a time
The dual-extrusion design melts up to 2 filaments (thin strings of plastic) at a time and builds your 3D object layer by layer, letting you produce more elaborate print jobs.
6" x 6" x 6" maximum build volume
Provides enough space to create small-size objects or individual pieces of a larger object.
70 microns (0.07mm) minimum layer height
Lays the filaments down in extremely thin layers to produce smooth, polished prints with greater detail. Plus, smoother surfaces reduce the need to sand, finish or apply post-production work.
A color touch-screen offers convenient and intuitive wireless printing.
Versatile options for convenient file transfer Transfer print files (.stl files) using Wi-Fi, the free Cube app for iOS, Android and Windows, or the included USB stick.
Compatible with a variety of operating systems
Including Windows 7 or 8, as well as select versions of Mac OS X 10.8.
Uses recyclable ABS or PLA plastic filament that comes in instant-load filament cartridges
Non-clog technology and moisture-lock cartridges offer extended shelf life and total material usage.
Certified-safe home printing
This printer is recommended for children 8+ and meets IEC Home Printer Certification 60953 (TUV).
Overall Customer Rating
2.3 (14 Reviews)
36% of customers recommend this product.
Family friendly 3D Printer
Posted by: JasonReynolds_BBYSTAFF18 from: Minneapolis, MN on
3D printers often require some technical savvy and the desire to tinker and fiddle with them to get the best possible output. The Cube 3 may take away some of the flexibility you get with other printers, but 3D Systems has also automated a lot, making it one of the more user-friendly 3D printers now available.
The Cube 3 is sleek, with a polished look and open print bed. Cartridges on the sides hold the filament, which is available in a variety of colors, and also include a print head at the end of a plastic cable that feeds into the top of the Cube 3. The filament runs through a foot of plastic cable before being heated up and extruded out. This design is simple, but can lead to failure if the filament breaks inside the path to the printer. As a good precaution, take care in handling to prevent this cable from bending and breaking the filament inside, in order to keep the printer running smooth.
The software is simple and -- while leaving out some of the more advanced settings to tweak and fine tune -- does a good job of keeping it basic. For a lot of prints, this ends up working. The software can store a library of past and future prints and syncs with the online Cube account. It can also send you an e-mail once a project has completed printing, and will even verify the print and sync back an updated file if it made any corrections.
Updates to the printer are handled with the software, or you can use the LCD on the front of the printer to update using a Wi-Fi connection. The touch LCD can be used to connect to Wi-Fi, update firmware, change filament cartridges (to another color or when it needs replacing), check the percentage of filament left, calibrate the bed, and start a print from a connected USB flash drive.
The printer uses PLA plastic, which doesn't need a heated bed and is more biodegradable and eco-friendly than ABS. During our testing, the Cube 3 was able to handle a variety of objects with pretty good results. Like any 3D printer, it did handle some objects much better than others. Simple geometric shapes without overhangs or complex patterns did best. Spheres and anything with little surface area on the bottom of the print tended to release from the ceramic bed and end in a ruined print, but this happens on other 3D printers as well. Some imperfections were noticed when using dual colors on some prints, as one color would get mixed into the other, with pieces of loose or extra filament strands being the main culprit.
Printing from iPhone, Mac, PC and USB flash drive is supported. It's nice and portable compared to other printers, and great for taking somewhere and using an iPhone in Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi mode to print something. It still takes between 1 and 4 hours to print, but being able to take it somewhere with minimal hassle and not need to do calibration and tinkering is great.
The Cube 3 has the "safe for the whole family" aspect about it (for kids 8 and up), and that it does deliver. It's easy to use and set up. Filament is available in multiple colors, and two print jets allow for some fun multiple-color objects to be made. The filament-break issues did happen to us, but being careful not to bend the cable on the cartridge too fast or more than 120 degrees seemed to alleviate the problem. Like all 3D printers made for home use, some objects print out better than others, but overall the Cube 3 does a pretty decent job and is very easy to operate. If you are looking for a good-looking printer with good print quality, think technology should just work, and don't mind paying a little more for filament, the Cube 3 may be a good match. If you are looking for something that lets you dial in more advanced settings, have access to many filament manufacturers, and don't mind tinkering, you'll want to look at another printer.
-- Automatic leveling and calibration require no technical knowledge to complete.
-- Ceramic base is easy to clean and use.
-- Dual print jets allow objects with two colors to be made.
-- Filament cartridge system makes it very easy to change out filament.
-- Proprietary filament cartridge is 50% more expensive and can malfunction, with no way to fix without replacing it.
-- Dual colors can mix in prints, leaving streaks of color where they don't belong.
-- Ceramic base does not have great adhesion for prints with small footprints, and software does not automatically know that a "sidewalk" or supports are needed for a print.
-- The noise while printing has been mentioned as annoying by a few, so listen to a video of it printing to make sure you're OK with it. (It's not bad, but something worth mentioning.)
23 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Could be great if they fix the issues.
Posted by: NomisRO from: on
Keeps jamming, Keeps asking me to calibrate after each 30+ min job. Jobs get mess up for random reasons and I end up having to cancel it and start over. Random error messages but a reboot fixes it. I could make 5 copies of one design and 3 of the 5 are accurate. Updated to the latest firmware hoping it will fix the issues but didn't. Also machine will randomly turn on even after holding the button down to close it. I needed to unplug the power cable to shut it off. Not sure if that's how it is by design but its a waste of electricity. Need to use cubify software which takes about 20mins to learn. On initial setup, you need to register the device before you can use it as it ask for a 4 digit code. The cubify software need to sync your design online to their cloud before you can print it.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Amazingly Dead Simple with Great Prints
Posted by: 3DPrintingVeteran from: on
I have only had the printer for 24 hrs ...but all I can say is WOW...WOW! I have used Makerbots and RepRaps for two years now. This machine is beautifully, refined and WORKS right out of the box. Auto leveling ...Auto Z-Gap ....you do not even have to know what these things mean. And the prints are magical. The previous version was horrible - this version is 10X better. If you want to see the future of 3D printing....you found it, Its the Mac of 3D printing.
19 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Posted by: GSX1999 from: CA on
Used this printer for a month. Cartridges Jam at 92% all the time.
I gave up and return it to Best Buy. Not more headache.
14 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Emma from: on
I been having issues ever since I purchase this printer. pla filament cartridge jammed at 85% can YOU CANNOT FIX IT. The cartridge are not cheap to buy. I return this printer to best buy and purchase a better one.
6 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great turn-key printer
Posted by: sirnigel from: on
The Cube (3) 3D printer is a solid product. The printer itself produces quality prints, especially at its 70 micron resolution. It also has the ability to print in 2 colors, which is a large plus for a printer in this price range. That said, you may find some issues connecting it to a wireless network (The Cubify associates told me, "Our WiFi module supports 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g. We generally support WPA, WPA2 and WEP.
We do not support any Enterprise level security (typically used in the office or school environment). You should also make sure the password is less than 16 characters and has no symbols (alphanumeric only).") So this may impact your ability to use the printer in wireless mode without altering your WiFi setup. The cartridges are a bit expensive in comparison to bulk filament, but it's a price I'm willing to pay for the convenience. The cube software occasionally has issues with generating appropriate supports on custom designed parts of odd shape, so it is occasionally necessary to create those manually using the 3D modeling software of your choice. All things considered, this printer does a great job, is reliable, and apart from some minor inconveniences in software, really is easy to use.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jammed3ink from: on
3 of 4 ink cartridges are jammed right now. I've tried to fix them via some you tube suggestions but none have worked. Not too happy on how this is turning out.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Too many negatives
Posted by: Donn from: on
Overall a decent idea. I've had a do-it-yourself kit that I put together before the purchase of this one. Saw this at my local best buy and figured that haveing something that looked fairly solid and was all neatly contained was a good idea. However, when I had got this home I had realized what kind of mistake I made. The spools seemed a neat idea, until I got confirmation from the company that I would need to rebuy them each time one ran out. At 50 bucks a pop, that gets fairly expensive for someone who prints often, especially when there are larger spools available for less. The sounds coming from the printer itself while it both is adjusting and printing are extremely loud. I'm not sure why this self contained one was louder than my homemade kit one, but it was definitely a big turn off from keeping this product.
1 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DasLimpit from: on
This is a piece of junk. Both of the cartridges broke after about 15min of use and the program to color your design is clunky at best.
8 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Joseph from: on
Endless amounts of issues with this machine and I've already gone through two of them. It's hard to think that this device is a finished product for sale with how many issues that it constantly has.