Officeworks selling 3D printers

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  1. Caffeine

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    Noticed in some junk mail that Officeworks are now selling 3D printers. Are they that much of a commodity item already?

    Officeworks 3D printer

    It only states "The Cube ships with easy to use software that preps your files for printing. Available for Mac or Windows. Your Cube 3D printer comes with 25 free 3D files designed by professional artists."

    So who knows what sort of proprietary crap they run. :tongue:
     
  2. power

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    well, they are officially mainstream then.
     
  3. psychobunny

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    wonder if they will price match?

    I heard Dell will be releasing a 3d printer but not 100% sure where i heard it
     
  4. power

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    Dell don't make printers they rebrand Lexmark junk

    So when you see a Lexmark 3D Printer (do they already make them), that's what they'll use.
     
  5. theSeekerr

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    Well holy crap.

    I know what I'm getting for Christmas.
     
  7. RyoSaeba

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    The Cube is actually one of the neater 3D printing unit too. And easiest to setup according to some review. Little adjustments required to get it going compared to some other ones.
     
  8. aznpsuazn

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    Well bloody hell I need to get my ass moving and learn Sketchup!
     
  9. aXis

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    Im starting to go off Sketchup. Even when I'm really carefull some of the 3D models dont have properly closed/joined surfaces. It might just be the stl export tools but either way it causes a variety of artifacts when slicing & printing.

    if any one has suggestions for a decent free 3D drawing tool I'm all ears.
     
  10. HeXa

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    only get the cube if you want to print PLA

    ignore the specs where is says ABS support - doesn't work reliably

    oh.. and no USB support - the wifi connection is slow - just copy to the USB stick, insert into the Cube and load designs from that

    EDIT: they also try to lock you into using their chipped filament cartridges.... but not too hard to bypass that -> http://hackaday.com/2013/04/26/cube-3d-printer-hack-lets-you-use-bulk-filament/
     
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  11. underskore

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    autodesk have fusion360 which is free for 'enthusiasts'

    i've never used it but it should be considered
     
  12. Dark Passenger

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    i would love to have this in the office/studio at home.
     
  13. Tazor

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    Try Sculptris. It's sculpting but the models will look that much better :p Also, if you're a student you can use Autodesk student site and get all their software for free on student licences
     
  14. Menthu_Rae

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    I would suggest Solidworks if you're a student. The learning curve is quite shallow if you are just doing basic things.

    It's a million times quicker and easier to use than Sketchup, especially if you are changing designs/going through a prototyping phase (which is basically what a 3D printer is for):

    https://www.solidworks.com/sw/education/student-software-3d-mcad.htm

    There are tutorials available here which will get you up to a stage to design most things a home user would want to 3D print:

    http://www.solidworks.com/sw/resources/getting-started-3d-parts-design.htm
     
  15. Dodge M4S

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    Wow cool. Might look into it some time :)
     
  16. Mau1wurf1977

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    There is easier than Sketchup? Been using it for a while and the students really like it.

    Had a look at that SolidWorks link and it puts me right off. You got to pay for it, fill out forms, likely deal around with licence keys.

    All the software I use in my lab is free. Companies like SketchUp should be paying schools to use their software. They are getting free exposure, training and potentially future customers. I refuse to support companies that sell to education.

    This is an advantage of SketchUp, it's free, easy to install and just works. Also there is a Physics plugin that allows you to create physics driven models. Quite handy.
     
  17. theSeekerr

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    Sketchup is awful for doing real work where dimensions matter. Simple stuff like putting a hole in the centre of a flange can be nearly impossible. SolidWorks is awful to learn, but once you understand the workflow you can create complex objects very rapidly.
     
  18. aokman

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    LOL officeworks selling 3D printers, can just imagine the 70yr old retirees buying them now then spending hours trying to get sales staff to explain how to set it up etc.
     
  19. power

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    then complaining about the cost of consumables.
     
  20. peg

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    Want one.

    Poor bastards.
     

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