Ahead of CES, 3D Printing giant 3D Systems has announced two new printer models, the CubePro and a third-generation Cube printer, both of which fall well into the consumer price range.
3D Systems’ CubePro is a simultaneous, triple color, multi-material system that certainly verges on the prosumer end of the spectrum. At a starting price of $5,000, the CubePro has a build volume of 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm (10.8" x 10.45" x 9.5") and will print both ABS and PLA in 75 micron layers.
Controlled by an easy to use color touchscreen mounted on its face, the CubePro can be activated and monitored via a smartphone or any other WiFi enabled device.
3D Systems plans to begin shipping the CubePro during the second quarter of 2014, but for those who can’t wait to see it the system will be on display at CES in Las Vegas beginning tomorrow.
While the CubePro is certainly a welcome addition to the prosumer end of the spectrum, 3D Systems has also decided to update its consumer line of printers, releasing the Cube 3. Priced under $1,000, the Cube 3 will have the same resolution as its Pro counterpart but will carry a significantly smaller build volume: 152 mm x 152 mm x 152 mm (6″ x 6″ x 6″).
Capable of printing both ABS and PLA plastic, the Cube 3 is also said to be “kid-safe,” featuring an unheated print pad as well as an enclosed nozzle to prevent burns and encourage younger users to start using the tech early.
Both of 3D Systems’ new offerings will utilize the company’s proprietary print cartridges which are simple to load and can be shipped back to the manufacturer for recycling.
All in all, 3D Systems’ new printers look to expand the company’s reach into the consumer market. Later in the year I hope to hear more news about the company’s professional level printers and possibly the introduction of an advanced metal printing system. For without a strong foothold in the growing metal sector of the 3D printing market, 3D Systems may see its stranglehold on the industry begin to slip.
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