There's a lot of cheap 3D printing options now available to consumers who want to start experimenting with the technology. That being said, all of the cheap options are coming from innovative Kickstarter campaigns. There's not a lot of cost effective options coming out of the already established players in the industry, but 3D Systems' newest 3D printer might just do the trick.
3D Systems announced at CES that it's readying a next-generation Cube 3D printer for launch later this month. The new Cube builds upon the success of the first one, but adds a number of enhancements that will be welcomed by the 3D printing community.
"With the next generation Cube, we are giving consumers the best ever at-home 3D printing experience with more options for more fun." said Cathy Lewis, CMO 3D Systems, "Our growing selection of 3D Apps, designs and lifestyle accessories on Cubify.com makes 3D printing accessible to everyone and our sustainability and safety enhancements makes 3D printing responsible and enjoyable for the entire family."
The new Cube is said to be 1.5x faster, and has a quieter print speed. As for materials, it can now print in PLA and ABS plastics. 3D Systems offers 16 different colors in both materials including glow in the dark blue and green. Even better, owners can send empty cartridges back to 3D Systems for recycling while receiving a discount on future cartridge purchases.
The new Cube 3D printer will ship on January 21, and will retail for $1,299. For only $100 more, 3D Systems will throw in three additional print cartridges, and the company's design software. It's a pretty good deal considering that the extras would cost normally $189.