CES 2013: New CubeX 3D Printer Spits Out Objects the Size of Basketballs

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3D System's Cubify printer made a real splash at last year's CES and is back again at this year's with new machines that offer even more options for designing and creating your own objects.

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The newest version of the Cubify's Cube printer now prints up to 1.5 times faster than the old model, and offers more materials, including both ABS and recyclable PLA plastics. These printers are exciting not only for being able to create your own stuff but also for makers and designers who want to create miniature prototypes of designs cheaply and without waste.

The brightly colored printers were hard at work on the tradeshow floor showing off what they're capable of. But there is one improvement that some makers require, which can only come from a different machine. The new CubeX can now print much larger objects, even as large as a basketball.

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The CubeX can handle printing objects 10.8 x 10.45 x 9.5 inches and can do so in three different printing modes and at three different print fill densities. It is essentially a powerful 3D printer for the serious designer or maker, and sets it as a serious contender among other personal 3D printers on the market.

CNet also notes another desirable quality in the CubeX: "The CubeX might also pull people in for its upgradability. 3D Systems says it costs more than buying a multicolor printer outright, but if you decide you'd like to add a print head to either your single- or dual-color CubeX, the company will send you the necessary parts."

Being easily modified and also repaired is a big part of standing out among competitors in the field, since a primary audience for these machines is makers who want to customize their tools. Rather than see 3D Systems announce a new model of printer every year, we're hoping they come out with machines that can continually be upgraded with improved parts or printing materials. The CubeX seems to be a step in that direction.

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