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CES 2013: CubeX 3D printer outputs in basketball size

- January 9th, 2013

CubeX_Basketball

The latest innovation from 3D Systems looks like it might just be the replicator onboard the Starship Enterprise right out of an episode of Star Trek, but it’s not. It’s here, right here on Earth, in 2013.

It’s called the CubeX from 3D Systems and it’s a 3D desktop printer that doesn’t spray out traditional ink, according to the company, but rather it melts down a plastic filament and then draws with it, creating a three-dimensional (3D) object. It accomplishes the task by building up layers of plastic on top of each other. It can produce a product the size of a basketball.

Think of the possibilities. You can create models, replacement parts for cars, make toys, jewelry and even cases for your gadgets. The specs indicate that a typical smartphone case would take about 2-3 hours to print.

CubeX will print in High, Crisp and Standard definitions, which are 125, 250 & 500 microns respectively using .cubex files created from its own Windows based software. If you use CAD applications, many of which produce .stl files, the CubeX software can covert them for printing. The CubeX itself prints from a USB stick.

The CubeX sells for $2,799 and can output a single colour per print. The 2-colour CubeX Duo is $3,599 and the tri-colour CubeX Trio sells for $4,399. Each model includes 1,2 or 3 cartridges respectively with additional cartridges selling for $110.

3D Systems also unveiled the second generation of their home and consumer 3D printer, the Cube, in a print pack for $1,399.

Photo & Video courtesy 3D Systems:

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1 comment

  1. kole | January 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    That. is. SO. COOL!

    I want one. I NEED one.

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