94points

3D Systems CubePro

95points

MakerBot Replicator

3D Systems CubePro
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3D Systems CubePro vs MakerBot Replicator

3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator
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95
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Why is 3D Systems CubePro better than MakerBot Replicator?

  • Has a heated build platform
  • 25% thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
    75µmvs100µm
  • Is pre-assembled
  • Prints in ABS plastic

Why is MakerBot Replicator better than 3D Systems CubePro?

  • 22.5kg lighter
    16kgvs38500g
  • Has plug and play feature
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • 181mm shorter
    410mmvs591mm
  • 97.5µm higher z-axis resolution
    2.5µmvs100µm
  • 50mm thinner
    528mmvs578mm
  • 137mm narrower
    441mmvs578mm
  • Has an automatic platform calibrator

Top specs and features

General info

1.weight

38.5kg

16kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

2.maximum operating temperature

280°C

32°C

The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Best

miniFactory 3D Printer

300°C

3.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

Printers based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.

4.height

591mm

410mm

Best

Robox

240mm

5.thickness

578mm

528mm

Best

UP! Plus

150mm

6.width

578mm

441mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

Components

1.Creates support structures
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.

2.Has a heated build platform
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.

3.1.75mm filament diameter
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.

4.number of extruder heads

3

1

More extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.

Best

Hyrel Professional E5

4

5.Has an automatic platform calibrator
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

This feature saves time and effort in terms of maintenance, however the build platform itself still needs to be manually levelled.

Materials

1.Prints in PLA
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.

2.Prints in ABS plastic
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

The printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.

3.Prints in full color
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

Similar to regular 2D printers, this type of 3D printer mixes different colors between cartridges. This process allows the printer to reproduce the color spectrum, therefore allowing you to print in almost any color.

Print sizes

1.maximum creation size

273 x 241 x 273

19.9 x 25.5 x 15

This is the biggest size of object that you can print.

Best

Bits from Bytes RapMan Education

490 x 500 x 850

2.layer thickness

75µm

100µm

The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).

Best

Printrbot JR v2

0.4µm

3. higher z-axis resolution

100µm

2.5µm

The highest possible z-axis (vertical) resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

0.5µm

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.

2.Is pre-assembled
3D Systems CubePro
MakerBot Replicator

As the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.

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