3D Printer Reviews – Cube 3D Printer: Conclusion
3D Systems has done a really good job of making a 3D printer that has the looks and relative ease of use to appeal to consumers. If you read 3D printer reviews of this model, like the detailed piece PC Mag put together, you see a common theme: looks good, relatively easy to set up, decent output.
But there are still a number of factors keeping 3D printing from taking off at the consumer level … and the Cube 3D Printer doesn’t address these.
The cost remains prohibitive. At $1,299, DDD has a printer that well-heeled consumers can afford, but certainly not the masses. And if you thought inkjet cartridges were expensive, you’re going to think they’re a bargain compared to plastic for 3D printers. Being able to print off your own stuff is cool, but I could buy a much higher quality ‘Minion’ figure at Toys R Us (TOYS) for less than it cost me to 3D print it.
And then there’s the time factor. Consumers hate to wait, now more than ever. Amazon (AMZN) is having to move to same-day delivery because customers hate having to wait one day for their purchase. Cool as the technology is, having to wait hours for a 3D printer to finish gets old fast.
That being said, if you’re looking to jump in to 3D printing and you’re looking for a reasonably priced, attractive and decent quality 3D printer — with wide availability of print materials and replacement parts — DDD’s Cube 3D printer is tough to beat. And most 3D printer reviews will agree.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.