The printing industry has just reached a higher step in the technology ladder with the introduction of 3D printers. Although they look rather new in the industry, 3D printers have actually been here for quite a time now. Only, the previous printers in the market were not as user-friendly and were very expensive—it’s only now that these printers have become more affordable and more accessible to users and consumers. There aren’t many options in the market just yet, but there are two leading names in the industry right now: the Cubify CubeX and the MakerBot Replicator 2x.
Both makers have been in the market previously with the earlier versions of the mentioned printers, but their newest products are expected to bring more to consumers and to make 3D printing an even more accessible option to those who want to create. Let’s take a look at these two products.
3D printers work with the use of layers of plastic to create 3-dimensional objects. Depending on the printers, various kinds of plastic may be used. Both the CubeX and Replicator 2X can accommodate ABS and PLA plastic. ABS is the stronger kind of the two (it has a higher melting point), but PLA is a good option because it is biodegradable. Both printers make use of different software, but the software in the Replicator 2X has an edge because it supports different file types. Meanwhile, the CubeX software requires that the file to be printed be first converted into a .cubex format. But, those who want a bigger print area may want to overlook that little inconvenience and still go for the CubeX because it offers just that—it has a basic printing area of 10.8″ x 10.45″ x 9.5″ compared to the Replicator 2X’s 9.7″x 6″ x 6.1″ dimensions.
Cost and Construction
The CubeX is cheaper by $300 in terms of its basic price, but that difference costs an extra nozzle. It only has a single nozzle, whereas the Replicator 2X has two nozzles—meaning, it can accommodate two different materials or colors right from the start. Now, if you want that capability in a CubeX, you have to upgrade it by getting a second nozzle (for an additional $500) or maybe even a third nozzle later on (for an additional $1000). If you think you will be needing up to three nozzles in your printing, go ahead and purchase the CubeX. If you won’t be needing the extra nozzle, however, the Replicator 2X may be your best bet. Additionally, the material used by the Replicator 2X is cheaper compared to that used by the CubeX. So, you’ll really get more savings in the long run. But then again, it would all depend on your printing needs.
The CubeX and Replicator 2X are both bound to change the 3D printing industry this year, and both hold a lot of promise. Both are not yet widely available, although their earlier counterparts have been here for quite a time now. These two new items are expected to be in various stores in the next few weeks. If you are looking for 3D printers and 3D printer supplies for the Cube printers or for the Replicator printers, you’ll find lots of choices at Geekie Store.
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