cubely.jpg appears to be a 3D printer that uses 80/20 girders for the 2’x2’x2′ chassis, with all electronic components identical to those used in the Makerbot and Mendel. The project’s charter describes the project’s goals:

Provide a fully capable 3D printer which can be used to directly manufacture or can be used to easily create the precursors to large volume traditional manufacturing including vacuum forming, injection molding, casting and others.

The core device must be buildable using standardized, commodity components that are widely available and under $1,000 USD. The core device must not require any other device as a prerequisite to build it (other than identified tools).

The core device must be able to be completed by typical implementers in 30 hours or less including time to purchase components and assemble
The core device must be able to be finished and assembled with only a modest set of tools including screw drivers, a drill press, a collection of drill bits and a circular or table saw.

The primary goal of Cubely is to get 10,000 Open Hardware 3D printing devices in the hands of 10,000 people worldwide by Jan 1, 2013.

It looks awwwwwfully preliminary but fascinating and ambitious nonetheless.

[Image credit: JohnKit]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal

  • John K

    Photo credit or a link to the original photo please.

    • John Baichtal

      My bad!

      • John K

        That’s cool.

  • Brian

    I think the whole idea of using extruders and creating 3d objects with plastic line is the wrong direction we should be going for 3d printers. I would like to see some DIY 3d solutions that involve powdered plastic and lasers (diodes from DVD players?) to melt the layers together. This is how the expensive machines do it. Food for thought…

  • drea

    The presenter/maker was David Uhlman was awesome! Thanks to HeatSync Labs for hosting at Gangplank!
    :) Awesome concept!

  • big body small brain

    i wish this came in a kit

  • Capdiamont

    Unfortunately the site part list is incomplete. Who made the girders, and what about extruder parts? What is the max size object you can make with extrude? How much weight can this assembly lift, to use as a cnc?

    A while back on here was a micro version of the beams

    Are they the same size, or full 8020 size?

  • John Baichtal

    Capdiamont, I believe they are full-sized 80/20 beams. My understanding is that all electronics come from the MakerBot electronics pack:

    Which includes the extruder controller.

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