3D Printer Reviews – Cube 3D Printer: First Impression
One of the first things early 3D printer reviews complained about was the intimidating appearance. MakerBot (recently acquired by SYSS) had one of the most popular early 3D printers in the Thing-O-Matic. But it had to be assembled by the user, had a wooden case and featured exposed wires and electronic components.
3D Systems went to great lengths to make the Cube 3D Printer look as polished and unthreatening as possible. It’s designed to look like an appliance (they even released a variety of fashionable colors) and you can see from the photo of the review unit on my kitchen counter that DDD really did a great job here.
Everything about this 3D printer is as convenient as possible, including self-contained plastic cartridges (instead of spools), Wi-Fi connectivity, a USB port and a touchscreen display. A USB thumb drive is included with the plans to print a variety of sample objects, so you don’t even need to hook the Cube 3D Printer up to a computer and run software to start printing.
Once you’ve gone beyond the included plans, you can hit the web and find thousands of instructables (plans for 3D objects), import them into the included Cube software on your PC, and export them for printing on the Cube 3D Printer.