The most interesting 3D printers, scanners or other whatsits that have been brought to our attention over the last seven days.
3D Systems’ third generation Cube desktop 3D printer will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show
Only one place to begin this week: the announcement that one of the highlights of this month’s Consumer Electronics Show will be the debut of Cube 3, the third generation of Cube home printers. Not only that, when it hits the shelves in the second quarter of 2014, it is slated to retail for less than a grand, making it one of the most affordable big-name 3D printers on the market.
The focus is very much on accessibility and inclusivity. 3D Systems proudly claims anybody over the age of eight can safely use the device, thanks to the unheated print pad, enclosed nozzle and IEC Home Printer Certification, while usability is stressed by the intuitive colour touchscreen display and the simplified interface.
Yet simplicity, affordability and safety are not the only things the Cube 3 has in its favour. With capabilities to print in two colours and two materials simultaneously, an auto levelling print pad, direct printing from mobile devices and a choice of 25 colour cartridges, it is packed with all the latest home printing specs and features.
All of that makes the Cube 3 one of the big consumer 3D printers to look out for in 2014.
Huge Euclid robot 3D printer from Zachary Schoch makes big, big objects
If you haven’t heard the name before, Zachary Schoch is a manufacturer and designer fascinated with pushing the boundaries of both 3D printing and robotics. His most impressive creation yet is the Euclid 3D printer, a massive robot with real time control that can fire off objects all the way up to 42 x 42 x 44 inches in build volume.
The 12 x 5 x 5 inch vase you see below was printed in less than an hour, a rapid speed that Schoch vows will improve as the Euclid develops. What’s perhaps even more remarkable is that it is easily portable. It can be dismantled, transported and rebuilt with little hassle.
The Fusematic 3D printer kit from Maker’s Tool Works
The latest 3D printer kit from Maker’s Tool Works is one of its most impressive yet. As well as being smaller, faster and more affordable (at $799) than Tool Works’ previous MendelMax 2 kit, it also comes with simplified assembly guidelines right on the case, speeding up and streamlining the alignment process. With linear rails on all axes, keyed connectors to prevent common electronic problems and pre-loaded, enclosed electronics the design is both easier to maintain, safer to use and more efficient than the MendelMax 2.
It does, however, come with a smaller build volume than its predecessor, maxing out at 200 x 225 x 200 mm. Also, if you want to print in anything other than PLA (ABS, for example), you will have to splash out an extra $50 for a heated print bed that can handle it without warping.
Sounds good? It will be ready to ship by mid-January.