Here's what you can make with a mainstream 3D printer

Here's what you can make with a mainstream 3D printer

Summary: Staples and a limited number of stores will begin selling the 3D Systems Cube 3D Printer to the general public. But what can they do?

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    Cubify cube

    3D printers remind you of Star Trek replicators, and could be a first step in the development of that wonder.

    3D printers have been around for a while, but mostly in the hands of hobbyists and developers. But now, the first 3D printer, 3D Systems' Cube 3D printer, will be the first to go mainstream when it hits the shelves of Staples and other stores in late June. This $1,299 printer could be a sign of things to come.

    The big questions is what will this printer be able to do? Will it work for business? Or is it an expensive toy for Dad or Mom? Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming up. In this gallery, we'll take a look at what it comes with, and also see what bigger 3D printers can really do.

    The Cube 3D printer works with Mac and Windows, and prints objects up to 5.5x5.5x5.5 inches. The Cube uses both PLA and ABS plastics, and prints in higher definition, featuring 16 colors including glow in the dark.

    3D printers can print just about anything that fits in the 5.5-inch cube, with the right software, of course.

    3D Systems also provides CAD modeling, reverse engineering, and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps, and services.

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    Cubeship

    The Print Pack package includes the Cube 3D printer, four cartridges, 25 free prints, and Cubify Invent design software that allows you to make your own creations.

    3D Systems claims setup is easy. It takes about 15 minutes to get rolling. A touchscreen interface detects your print parameters based on the cartridge you plan to use. You can also purchase "one-stop design-tracking, downloads, and uploads in the Cubify Cloud".

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    Frank Morgan
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      CobraA1
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      Tony_McS
  • Not yet

    No, not yet.
    I will wait till those that have to have the latest stuff lower the price.
    Actually don't have a use for one yet either and I am a repairman.
    It would be a fun toy though.
    Make a new face plate skin for the car radio or remote control, make custom letters and numbers for the house address, stuff like that.
    Waiting will also allow the creative people to upload some designs for people like me who do not have that sort of imagination.
    MoeFugger
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  • What, no Linux?

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    Cynical99