3D Printing News — Cube 3D vs. Makerbot, The Art of 3D Printing

Two new competing 3D printers that retail for under $2000. Also: using 3D printing to create sculpture.

1. Cube 3D Printer

  • Prints Objects up to 5.5 X 5.5 X 5.5 in. (140 x 140 x 140 mm)
  • EZ Load Print Cartridge
  • Durable, ABS Plastic in 10 Colors
  • 50 Free 3D Print Files
  • USB & Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Starting at $1,299 (link)

2. Makerbot

“The Replicator starts at $1,799 for a model with a single extruder, and $1,999 for the dual-extruder attachment, which allows for two-color-printing (or Dualstrusion, according to MakerBot Industries).” (link)

3. The Art of 3D Printing

“Oxman, who trained as an architect, says buildings are designed today with an eye toward the components they can be made of—sheets of plywood, panes of glass, steel beams, and concrete columns. As a result, those designs are limited, in much the way Lego bricks constrain the shapes that children can build. Oxman is exploring ways to break with conventional design thinking by looking to patterns and processes found in nature, and using equations that define these processes to generate new designs. The results are often surprising shapes and structures that can be made only with 3-D printers.” (link)

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