Showing posts with label CubePro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CubePro. Show all posts

Thursday, June 30, 2016

3d Systems Introduces WOOD Filament for the CubePro

This one caught me by surprise!

3D Systems as introduced wood filament along with an upgraded nozzle that allows the CubePro to use it.

CubePro Wood Filament

You can learn more about it HERE..

Not only have they concentrated on bringing this filament to CubePro users, they have exerted a great deal of effort in presenting finishing techniques that are sure to be useful for a wide variety of applications.

Finished 3D Printed Wood Objects

The techniques are outlined in a .PDF available on the Wood Filament product page.

New Nozzle

In  order to use the new wood filament, you will need to purchase and install a new "Advanced Nozzle" which costs $99.

Advanced Nozzle

The instructions for installing the new nozzle are also available on the Wood Filament product page.

I wish I could tell you how well it works; but, this new filament came as a complete surprise to me.  I can say that it is innovative enough for us to be very interested in using it in YouthQuest's 3D ThinkLink Lab.  The Nylon was a game changer and from everything I have learned about the wood filament, it is destined to be a game-changer as well!

For our cadets to be able to design wooden parts that could actually be incorporated into designs of actual wood fixtures is an important step forward in giving them practical and marketable skills.

Thank you CubePro team!!!  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CubePro Added to Our Blog Coverage

Last week, at the YouthQuest Foundation, we took delivery on 3 new CubePro printers. 

Our 2 Trios and 1 Duo arrived just in the nick of time on the opening day of our Youth ChalleNGe cadet 3DThinkLink Immersion class for 2014-2.

The six cadet graduates selected for the Immersion Class immediately slammed the new printers  with work the entire week.  So, the timing could not have been better.

While it means great things for YouthQuest Foundation's work with the at-risk young people, it also means that we won't be flying blind when it comes to covering the CubePro series of printers.

We have already gone through the processes of making sure the print beds are perfectly level, making sure the print jets are perfectly level and, through no fault of the printer, removed a print jet and successfully cleared it of a clog and replaced it.  (Not securing the print table properly is NOT a good thing.)

The CubePro comes with ABS cartridges.  And, with the proper application of the new glue along with the controlled environment temperature system, warping was minimal.  The cadets were too anxious to get their pieces printed to allow the glue to dry properly in all cases.  So, we'll have to have a little more experience with the printers to claim that warping can be completely controlled by the proper application of the glue.

One of the things that I do need to point out is that it would be much more convenient for users if all the available maintenance documents were readily available online and easy to find.  While support was good about sending out documentation that enabled us to solve our clog problem, not knowing if such a document existed when it first happened was a bit unnerving.

CubePro Client Software

The CubePro software handles color selection a lot differently than does the Cube 3 software. The CubePro seems to require a separate STL be created for each color group.  It knows to place the groups in their true positions.  At first, it was unclear that the software required the user to turn color selection off before proceeding to BUILD.  We'll cover the software with a video soon.

Having more than one CubePro, with different cartridge color configurations meant that we needed to be sure to change the Settings > Printer Configuration for each build depending on which printer it was going to use.  It would be nice to be able to simply name the different printers and select each printer in the main menu.  I'm too old to remember which colors are loaded in which order in this or that printer.   :)

The good news is that we were able to simply set NONE for the #1 print jet that clogged and treat the three color Trio as if it were simply a two color Duo.   The maximum possible print size was reduced a bit; but, that was not an issue for us in this class.

We were VERY thankful for the timely arrival of the printers.  Both the staff AND the cadets were VERY happy campers!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Chris Crowley's CES 2014 Report

Editor's Note:  Chris is a 1st Gen Cube owner and excellent CubifyFans contributor.  When I heard that he had traveled to CES, I knew that we HAD to have an eye-witness report from him.  He did NOT disappoint.  :)

Hello Everyone -
This is Chris Crowley, your guest reporter in the field for the CubifyFans blog.

I attended CES this year, and was in phone contact with Tom Meeks every day as 3D Systems made their announcements….

My summary:  WOW!!!!

Cube 3 & Cube pro

First - This is my first CES visit… it's touted as the largest trade show in the world. Boy is it ever huge! Tens of thousands of people in the hallways.  We walked for three full days, and barely covered two-thirds of the show. I'm not sure you could actually see the entire show one week.  Reportedly, Las Vegas is the only city in the world with enough hotel rooms to house the attendees.

Second - the 3D printing TechZone was jammed with people and exhibitors! There were many vendors, showing many low- and high-end printers and associated services. There were cloud printing services, filament manufacturers, photo "sculpting" systems, scanner manufacturers, etc.   The visitor "density" was very high in the 3D printing zone.  See Tom's post about a "tipping point"… I think we are very close.  We even heard talk about 3D printing at a blackjack table from non-technical people one evening.

And a description of the "TechZone":

Third - the 3D systems booth was by far the most crowded booth that we saw in the entire show.  

3D Systems Booth (Note: can see in CubePro from this angle)

We pushed, we jostled, and we elbowed our way through people ten deep to see the new products.  I know several people at 3D systems, and Tom had given me another list of good contacts... But we couldn't meet with any of them, because they were all too busy with the press! Our main contacts were busy on Thursday from noon until 6 PM straight with press interviews.

As a sidenote, I am a member of the National Speleological Society (i.e. "Caving"). I've been 100 feet underground in the pitch dark, covered with mud, crawling through a slot too small for a bicycle helmet to fit through. That slot pressed solid granite against my spine and my sternum such that I had to exhale in order to squeeze my way through. In short, I am NOT claustrophobic! However, I got the heebie-jeebies in the 3D systems booth, because it was so full of people!

This portends good news for the company, the stockholders, and the phenomenon that is 3D printing.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to handle or use any of the machines!  It was just too crowded. I wasn't able to hold any meaningful discussion with booth attendants, and was not able to handle output parts from any of the new devices. This was disappointing especially for the Cube 3, because that's next on my shopping list.

Cube3 Printing in Dual Color

We did see the new fully enclosed CubePro (both the Duo and Trio versions.)  These machines are nice, but the tinted front glass prevents getting a good look inside the CubePro given the lighting in the booth.   The inside was only observable from an extreme angle as in the images above.

CubePro Side-by-side with Cube3

We did see the Sense scanner. I won't cover the scanner, because Tom has done such a good job in his previous posts.  See my attached pictures of the face scanning demos.

Sense Scanning Display

The ChefJet Sugar Printer was pretty cool!   Do you remember WIlly Wonka's Everlasting Gobstopper?  

Well - you can have one now!!!!

ChefJet Prints

This device prints in sugar, with a dizzying array of food coloring and flavors.  

ChefJet Candy with Large Confection Print

You can see some of the "candies" in my photos, but be sure to check out the AMAZING printed edible sculptures - about the size of a wedding cake - maybe they are wedding cake stands or decorations?

ChefJet Cake Tiers

This company was an acquisition of 3D systems last year, and boy does it work well.    I won't be needing one of these, but certainly there is a market in the cake making / food service industry.
Here is a nice article on the ChefJet with close-up images and video.

The TOUCH Haptic mouse (see Tom's previous post) was not on display (I asked).  Also, the CeraJet ceramic printer was not on display… It is possible that they were being shown in the special press event, but we didn't have press credentials.

You may remember that I am a mechanical engineer and project manager, mostly in the medical equipment industry.   The Cube1 has changed my entire workflow, and has gained me many new clients because I can actually offer 3D printing for free with my designs!   However, I'm bumping up against resolution and accuracy issues that the Cube3 should be able to solve.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Signing out….

Chris Crowley, reporting from Las Vegas
Table Mountain Innovation, Inc.
Engineering Design and Project Management

Editor's Remarks & Observations

I want to thank Chris for taking us into the 3D Systems booth and giving us a preview of what we can expect over the next few months.   There is one image that I think deserves a special comment.

Cube3 Printing in Two Colors
I see a few things in this picture that are especially interesting to me.  First, the print table material seems to have been changed and I see no sign of glue having been used.  Secondly, one of the issues we've had with the Cube2 is that the very first portion of the print can sometimes be blank because the filament came out during heating.  It appears that the Cube3 automatically goes to the side of the table to take care of this phenomenon by laying down some material before starting the new layer.  And, it appears that it does this each time the color is changed.  We'll have to wait to see if this is the case.