The Cube 3’s feature checklist makes it stand out in a sea of new machines. Color touchscreen, printing over wi-fi or USB stick, printing from iOS or Android devices, autoleveling, auto-z-height calibration, and dual-color printing are all standard features.
New Nozzle with Every Cartridge
The Cube 3 only works with chipped, proprietary filament cartridges, which cost more and hold less plastic than spooled filaments, but each includes a completely new nozzle, minimizing the chance for jams.
Reliable Dual Extrusion
There is no other printer in this price range that offers dual-color capability with the ease and reliability I experienced with the Cube 3. I was able to take normal STL files, individually color parts of them, and have them print in dual colors without complicated alignment or tedious STL file merging. Printing in two colors is slow, but it’s hard to argue with the results, which were mostly good.
Nice Design, but Noisy and Slow
I’d estimate that it’s one of the noisiest machines we’ve tested — not something you want running while you watch TV. The case resonates, and it’s common for the various motors to attempt to move past their limits during initial (nonprinting) movements. Prints take a long time, but have a high success rate — a balance that makes sense for entry-level users.
The industrial design for the price is miles ahead of the competition. Integrated spool holders, optical bed leveling, integrated lighting, and the use of linear rails in a package this affordable has raised the bar. Special care was taken to ensure that it’s almost impossible for curious youngsters to get pinched or burned by the machine.
The printer, software, and filament are all tightly controlled to simplify the experience. On the flip side, the quality you get won’t ever get better due to your own tweaking. The end user never sees actual G-code, and variables like temperature and speed are kept under wraps.
This is not a machine for people who want to tweak settings and chase the perfect print. The Cube 3 is for someone who wants to print, has no time to waste, and is willing to pay more for plastic for a toolchain that just works.