Tag Archives: Cube

Top 3D Printing News Last Week: Conference Discount, FabCafe, and IBM

Inside 3D Printing Conference

A roundup of the top 3D printing news from March 18 to March 24:

Video: A Look Back at the Launch of the Cube 3D Printer

Abe Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, speaks with Peter Marsh from Financial Times about the launch of the Cube 3D printer and the potential disruption of 3D printing in the video below.

Top 3D Printing News Last Week: SXSW, MakieLab, Cube, Kickstarter

3D Printed Toys MakieLab SXSW

A roundup of the top 3D printing news from March 11 to March 17:

Monday, March 11

Video: 3D Systems Attaches Cube 3D Printer to Person at SXSW

3D Systems Cube SXSW 3D Printer

At SXSW, 3D Systems showed off their Cube 3D printers in a creative way: by strapping 3D printers to people and walking around the conference while printing.

In the video below, a man from Cubify demos 3D printing from with a Cube attached to his body.


Photo by Luc Van Braekel used under Creative Commons license.

Color Blending with Consumer 3D Printers Produces Amazing Results

RichRap iPhone Cases 3D Printing

Consumer 3D printers, like MakerBot and the Cube, cost over $1,300 and can only print in one or two colors. If you want multi-color printing, you need to use a commercial grade 3D printer that costs $20,000 or more.

Well, electrical engineer and hobbyist Richard Home, decided to branch out and design his own method of “color blending”, a technique that turns a basic 3D printer into something much more capable. He started with the open-source RepRap design and developed his own extruder design, which he coined “RichRap.”

RichRap Color Blending 3D Printing

As featured in Wired:

Here’s how it works: The RichRap has three extruder motors feeding into one nozzle, or hot end. Each motor spools plastic filament into the hot end where it is melted, then deposited on a build surface. An operator could load a RichRap with red, yellow, and blue plastics and generate green parts by mixing the yellow and blue, or purple by mixing red and blue.

RichRap Color Blending Frog 3D Printing

Watch the videos below to see Richard discuss his design and show off some of his color prints.