X
CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

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.

Dong_Ngo.jpg
Dong_Ngo.jpg
Dong Ngo
CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.
Dong Ngo
cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
1 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
2 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Despite its size, it can print relatively large objects.

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
3 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
4 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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...

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
5 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
6 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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.

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
7 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
8 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
9 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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

cube-3-3d-printers-7187-001.jpg
10 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

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.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos