3D Systems introduced the “first ever consumer 3D printer” the Cube personal printer at CES 2012 in Las Vegas yesterday morning and after all the buzz from the media over the past few days, I was excited to see it in person.
The Cube 3D printer sort of reminded me of a sewing machine at first glance because of its design and movements when it’s printing. It’s fairly compact, weighs less than 9 lbs and is very quiet while printing making it ideal for a home space.
So how does it work? Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions explains in our brief video clip below.
The gist is the Cube 3D printer creates a variety of content by layering ABS or PLA material on top of each other creating a 3D object be it a chess piece, bracelet or figurine. It takes about 40-45 minutes to create an average sized design.
The Cube 3D printer comes completely assembled with one cartridge that can create 10-12 average sized designs and customers can choose from 10 colors and each replacement cartridge costs $50.
You can use The Cube with a Kinect to sculpt a project from thin air or create a bracelet from the sound of your voice. Not sure The Cube can handle your vision? Get full color and access to a plethora of creations via Cubify.com.
The Cube 3D personal printer will be available for purchase in the first half of 2012 for the suggested retail price of $1299.
Want more? Check out our CES 2012 technology page!