Currys & PC World is the latest firm to get in on the growing interest in affordable 3D printers with the announcement it is selling the Cube model through its stores.
This makes the Cube almost twice the price of the Velleman K8200, which went on sale at electronic specialist Maplin in July for £699. However, the latter is supplied in kit form and may not be suitable for non-technical users, while Currys is touting the Cube as being certified to be safe to use at home by both adults and children.
Like Maplin's printer, the Cube can produce finished objects using either polylactic acid (PLA) or ABS plastic, with cartridges available in 16 different colours at £52.80 each. The device can fabricate objects up to a maximum volume of 140mm cubed, building each one up from layers that are 0.2mm or 200 microns thick.
The Cube ships with software for Mac or Windows systems to prepare files for printing, and uses a WiFi connection, doing away with the need for a print cable.
Each Cube printer comes with 25 free 3D files designed by professional artists, but 3D Systems also has an online community called Cubify, where users can find designs for items such as iPhone cases and toys to download and print, or they can upload their own creations to share.
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