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3D Systems Cube 3 is a compact 3D printer (pictures)

The Cube 3 from 3D Systems is a great little printer for those wanting to make small 3D objects.

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The Cube 3 is very compact and has an excellent design.

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Despite its size, it can print relatively large objects.

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This is because it has an active print platform that moves up and down as well as backward and forward.

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The printer employs a dual-extruder system that uses 3D Systems' proprietary filament cartridges, which fit perfectly on the printer. Here's the black cartridge on one side...

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...and the green cartridge on the other. The printer can draw from both cartridges in creating one print job.

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The printer has a small touchscreen that works very well. You can use this screen to activate all functions of the printer, including printing as well as self-calibration.

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The printer support network printing via Wi-Fi and also has a USB port to print directly from a thumbdrive.

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The printer works very well, epecially when printing small objects. It can produce objects with fine detail.

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Unfortunately, large objects can randomly fail halfway through the printing process.

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In all, the Cube 3 is a great printer at its current cost of $999 (which converts to approximately £655 or AU$1,285), especially for those wanting to print smaller objects.

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