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Best 3D Printers (That Don’t Cost a Fortune)

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Best 3D Printers: Cube

I reviewed the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems back in December, after spending the better part of a month with the machine.

best-3d-printers-dddWith its colorful options and high-tech look, the Cube is a deliberate attempt by DDD to design a 3D printer aimed squarely at the home. It looks bright, cheerful and non-threatening. The company has even managed to get them on the shelves of retailers like Best Buy (BBY).

I’m probably a little more technically savvy than the average person, but I honestly don’t think it takes someone who knows a lot about computers or electronics to operate the Cube. 3D Systems has made it very easy to operate and opted for proprietary filament cartridges (more expensive, but easier to use), making this one of the best 3D printers available for beginners.

I didn’t have any pile of “plastic goo” moments with the $1299 Cube, although I did have one print job quit halfway through (four hours in) — much more frustrating than having your laser printer quit halfway through printing a page.

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