3D printed nose thanks to cubify and cubify sculpt
I recently got a 3D printed, a cube from cubify to help in the creation process of a few things here at the shop. I want to be able to print parts, gas them so I can smooth them, and create a silicone cast to cast them in resin. All in all the idea is working better than I expected.
When I started looking at 3D printers I kept tossing the idea of makerbot and cubify back and forth. Having seen cubify up close first at CES and play with it had swayed my wants towards it but still wanted makerbot. The biggest deciding factor here was price. Cubify was $1299 while makerbot for the dual extruder so it can do both PLA and ABS was around $2500 which made it a bit harder to attain. I wanted to make sure I wanted to use 3D printing and not just tinker with a few models and put the printer away. I was not 100% sure what I was getting into but went with the cubify after reading how easy it was to set up and take care of it. Granted the cubify printer has a much smaller build surface of 5.5 inches all around. It comes down to getting creative with builds and if you need something larger print in parts. So I got both PLA and ABS for my prints. PLA comes with it and I printed a ton of different things for the house and for friends with it. This printer handles it very well. I got ABS since I am wanting to smooth the prints using the acetone trick and was very happy with how it handled it at well. Had a few mishaps at first because I had not activated the raft support, but after I did it was smooth sailing. With that being said I have completed a big print of parts for another 3d printer that is currently being built at my house a mendel. So in a way these printers can replicate themselves.
Last night I decided to give my nose a print. It is almost a full 3 inches long as I was trying to use it on costume work. I need to gas it so it smooths then I can cast it. The print itself took 2 hours (strong build with supports and ABS).
All in all I am more than impressed. The printer has turned out better than ever. Looks great and takes very little space in my office. If you are wanting to get into 3D printing and not wanting to spend over 2k then look at the cube from cubify. They are easy, and even the apps that come with it are a breeze.
If you have a staples close to you go check them out. A few staples around the US are now carrying them so you can tinker with them at the store. If you want a bigger build surface and to spend a bit more then go to the microsoft store and play with the makerbot. Either way you will not be disappointed.
Super excited to see what the future holds with these. Will continue posting my findings as I progress with this machine. If you have any questions just ask.
Btw before anyone asks, no I do not plan on printing a whole head with this. It is not possible nor would I want to do it. Take in mind 3D printing takes time and it is still expensive all in all. I am printing parts to cast, that was the whole purpose of this purchase :).