Friday, February 14, 2014

The Cubify CubeX 3D Printer Triple Head, Multi-Color and Larger Print Builds

The name Cubify CubeX has been a trusted name in 3D printers for quite a while, and their Cubify CubeX 3D Printer Triple Head now brings the continued evolution of more personal 3D printing. Along with Makerbot, the Cubify printer helps bring some astounding advancements to the home market. Where they both succeed is in the ability to expand the size of printed objects and being able to print in different colors.

Print Size and Available Materials
Like the Makerbot Replicator 2, the new CubeX 3D printer can print objects at the equivalent size of a basketball. And while the Replicator 2 can print at near industrial level, the CubeX comes close. With some advanced settings, you can print some very complex things that couldn't be done on the home market level just a year ago.

The two main printing materials available here are PLA and ABS plastics. PLA is one of the best because it's renewable and much more stable than other plastic types. It's recommended you use PLA when printing larger items because of this stability. However, ABS complements PLA well. ABS is known for being a good support material when printing larger objects.

Printing with Different Colors
Those who bought prior home-based 3D printers have likely been frustrated at being only able to print in one or two colors. The CubeX opens that wide open with the ability to print in 18 different color schemes. You have to buy cartridges for each color (and they run $99 each), though it provides the option to bring your 3D project to true colorful life once and for all.

Cubify Invent Software
The software that comes with the printer is also as intuitive as Makerbot's software advancements. The CubeX software comes with the ability to convert your object into slices so you can see exactly how each part will be designed on the screen. It even gives you simulation of what the object will look like on the printing bed by allowing you to rotate and see from every angle.

Excellent Customer Support
It seems customer support is getting better all the time with major 3D printing companies. Makerbot has achieved this, and Cubify does the same. While the latter isn't open 24/7, they are open 16 hours in a day and provide a phone number that doesn't place you on endless hold.

The Cubify CubeX is obviously a 3D printer with huge advantages for the home market. It's one we gladly promote here at MWave3D.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Drive to Get 3D Printers in Schools: Makerbot is Leading the Way

The drive to get 3D printers in schools seems to have a new adamant determination recently, or at least through one 3D printer maker. With 3D printing starting to change how we'll all be manufacturing things in business and at home, having 3D printers in every school should be a given. And yet, with the price of 3D printers still a little high for the best models, it's far from being a mainstream idea right now.
This might change soon with the 3D printer company Makerbot going forward in making sure every school in the nation has a 3D printer. The CEO of Makerbot, Bre Pettis, started a crowd funding drive this last fall called Makerbot Academy that pledges to get one of his Makerbot printers into every school in America. First, though, he pledged a 3D printer for every school in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
This is a vision of the future, and also a lone one, so far. Other 3D printing companies have yet to come forward to help schools get geared up for the future of what's possible. But with Pettis at the helm and likely to get his own printers dominating the school market, you can be sure other companies will soon join his ranks.

How Will 3D Printing Change Schools?
The ways 3D printing is already changing things in various professional arenas is astounding. In the world of dentistry and other industries where making things is essential, it's giving a whole new spin on the meaning of manufacturing. In schools, being able to scan something and print it out in perfect 3D clarity is just as eye-opening in the realms of education.

Imagine being able to scan images of the human body or pieces of art and be able to print them into 3D objects students can tangibly examine. In science classes, that used to be the stuff of science fiction if ultimately helping kids view the world in a whole new perspective. Things that students didn't have access to can now be held and felt to give insight into the beauty of natural and man-made creation.
Along with that, students can make things on their own in art classes and print them into fully realized 3D objects. Considering 3D printing needs to apply education first in computer-aided design, it can help kids step forward in computer technology. They can also take home art projects that are far different from things made by hand just a generation or two ago.

It's why the Makerbot drive to get 3D printers in schools is soon going to bring a revolution to education. There shouldn't be any doubt that Bre Pettis's goal will succeed in time and bring other companies to the fore in providing affordable 3D printers for schools.

We'll keep an eye on those developments here at MWave3D. We're a blog focused on the latest in 3D printing and scanning for those interested in following the evolution of this important technology.