Pre-orders for the Cube and CubePro 3D printers are now open

Published on May 20th, 2014 by in Announcements

Our sleekly designed Cube and CubePro desktop 3D printers have turned the heads of various media outlets since their announcement at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but today we are happy to announce that we are taking pre-orders effective immediately. The Cube (starting at $999) and the CubePro (starting at $2,799) are available from  with shipments launching June 2nd. Each printer is equipped with intuitive features that make 3D printing easier than ever before, including WiFi connectivity and print management with the Cubify Print app for iOS and Android.

The Cube now prints in dual-color with snap-in instant load cartridges, an auto-leveling print pad for fuss-free print calibration, and it maintains its distinguishing home-safe certification with plug-and-play simplicity. The CubePro enables prints up to 2.5 times larger than other 3D printer in its class with triple color capability, a controlled print environment for reliable and professional, ultra-high resolution prints and it has introduced nylon to its materials portfolio. Click here to learn more.

We also encourage you to explore our Value Packs, which offer you savings with various combinations of our Cubify software, Sense 3D scanner, and Cube or CubePro 3D printer.


3D Printed Zombies vs. Humans

By Cris Fowers, WhiteClouds

The 3D-printed zombies vs. humans’ scene has views from both sides of the battle—the zombies attacking and the humans defending. The scene was imagined and designed by Kelly Root of WhiteClouds, a 3D printing design service. The model has quickly become a favorite because of the incredible detail.

The scene features six humans and six zombies. The humans have retreated to an old boarded-up building for protection against a zombie invasion. The 3D printed scene captures the climax of the confrontation between humans and zombies.

“The idea is based on your standard kind of zombie survival story or setting, said Root. “The survivors vs. the zombies. What better way to show that than the survivors making a stand against the zombies in a boarded up old building? Everything else, the pose of all the characters and any added detail, was done to keep the print interesting and varied since it was going to be so large. All the additional detail, such as the broken walls and tattered wallpaper, were done to show just how much detail could be added to one of these larger prints.”

The textures were all done in Photoshop. Between the modeling and texturing, the zombie scene took about 30 hours to complete. The print took 16 hours on two different printers.


The entire zombie scene was printed in a single print on the 3D Systems ProJet 660 with the exception of the broken window panes. These were printed on the 3D Systems ProJet 3500. Both printers are manufactured by 3D Systems. The 660 uses binder jetting technology and prints in full-color, sandstone-like material. The 3500 uses Multi-Jet Modeling Technology and a UV-cured resin to create a translucent, hard, plastic material.


High School Students Research Fingerprints with Cube 3D printers

In North Carolina students at Richmond County School’s 9th Grade Academy Teen Scene Investigation (T.S.I.) club are not ones to let technology hold them back. In their recent investigation, they all discovered that 3D technology would be a great way to preserve and interact with crime scene evidence, and so they enlisted the help of the district’s G.R.E.A.T 3D Academy, using 3D scanning and printing techniques to create 3D data.

After digitizing a fingerprint the team had lifted, it was imported into Cubify Sculpt where the data was made into 3D, saved out to an STL format, and printed on the Cube 3D printer. The result was an interactive model of the actual fingerprint.  The team also experimented with hand and foot impressions as well. They also utilized 3D scanning and simulation software tools to produce evidence.










This is a great way to really explore the process of crime scene investigations – with output that everyone can really see and touch in the real world,” said Jeff Epps, co-founder of the G.R.E.A.T. 3D Academy. “3D tools like this allow the students to really understand something that has often been so inaccessible before.”










Free Educational 3D Printing Curriculum Released by the City X Project

Guest Posting by Matthew Straub, Director of Communications at IDEAco

As far as we know, on Tuesday we launched the first Common Core State Standards-aligned curriculum that fully integrates 3D printing technologies, design thinking, and empathy for kids. Specifically, the City X Project toolkit is geared toward kids 8-12, and is the result of testing and experimenting with the workshop with over 500 kids in four countries. Our design thinking toolkit is meant for everyone, and we couldn’t be happier that it has already been downloaded by people in at least 13 countries.

The CIty X Project is accommodates approximately six hours of lessons, beginning with a fictional story about humans building the first settlement on a new planet, called City X. Every student participating is given a citizen card with a depiction of a City X citizen asking for help in solving a social problem faced in their new community. Teachers then guide their students through the design process as every student in the class invents something that can solve their citizen’s problem. Students make clay models, then digital 3D models, and, when a 3D printer is available, actually print prototypes of their new inventions.

The City X Project toolkit includes everything needed for a teacher run the workshop, including PDFs with printable citizen cards, designer workbooks for students, and most importantly, a very thorough and detailed instructor’s guide which will help walk any teacher through these lessons, even if they’ve never used 3D modeling software!

We began our journey toward releasing this toolkit over a year ago thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, 3D Systems. It took us nearly 20 workshops and nearly 200,000 air miles to get to this point, so we hope that any educator interested in integrating new technology into their classroom has an enjoyable experience turning their class into a room full of inventors! The full toolkit can be downloaded by educators for free at


Scan Your World with Sense for the Mac

All Mac users can now enjoy the Sense at home 3D Scanner as much as the PC user has been doing for a few months now. Released in late 2013, the Sense 3D scanner is Fully integrated with and the Cube 3D printer, the Sense allows scans to upload directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud. It releases STL files and PLY files.


Mac users can  jump for joy with the newly announced support for 3D Systems.

The Sense is the first 3D scanner designed for easy consumer use and optimized for 3D printing. Catching moments in 3D is now easy and fun, and costs just $399.

The Sense software V1.1 features Mac support and other feature upgrades including improved scan tracking and stability, upgraded auto-enhancement for correct brightness and color.

These features build on the very easy-to-use interface that allows anyone to focus, crop, delete and share color 3D data. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to for cloud printing in a range of materials, including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.




Latest buzz word in 3D printing: Haptics

Published on April 1st, 2014 by in Models

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The word “haptic” seems to be popping on everywhere lately, from the forums of Reddit to the pages of CNN. But what exactly does haptic mean?

“Haptic” is the general term used to describe devices that give tactile feedback to a human user. While haptics may seem like a brand new phenomenon, we’ve already been interacting with haptics for a while. Haptics are in the cell phones and video game controllers we use every day. Haptic devices are what make our phones vibrate after a keystroke or when your’e getting a call.

At the same time, higher-end haptic devices are powering a number of true-to-life virtual medical training, research and therapy applications. The Geomagic Touch by 3D Systems is one of these original devices. Geomagic Touch provides force feedback when users interact with 3D objects, so doctors can more realistically simulate surgical procedures, dental students can practice on lifelike virtual models, and researchers can “touch” molecular models.

One company that has fully utilized Geomagic Touch in the expansion of their haptic device applications is Inition, which include a wide range of medical training uses, like Virtual Botox. Click here to learn about more of the 3DS haptic device applications used and developed by Inition.


City X Project Establishes First Regional Partner in Singapore

Guest Posting by Matthew Straub, Communications Director of the City X Project

We at the City X Project – a 3D printing and design thinking workshop for kids sponsored by 3D Systems – are quite excited to announce that we’ve established our first regional partner in the city-state of Singapore. Our parent organization, IDEAco, now recognizes the educational development organization Clanworks as Singapore’s regional for-profit partner for bringing the City X Project curriculum in Singapore.

The City X Project design thinking toolkit for teachers will still be absolutely free for educators around the world. Our partnership with Clanworks is part of a broader initiative to professionally train regional partners around the world on the ins and outs of teaching 8-12 year-old kids design thinking and creative problem solving in the context of our story-based curriculum.

When members of our team travel to train a regional partner, we’re able to go far beyond explaining the goals and ideas behind the City X Project in person. We’re able to relay teaching tips, share details about our experiences, answer questions, and, of course, facilitate or provide feedback on a workshop locally. This enables our partners to continue to facilitate the City X Project workshop locally, whether for profit or not. As an ever-improving workshop, it also allows us to test and collect feedback of our curriculum in a greater variety of educational, geographic, and cultural contexts.

This approach to licensing the curriculum around the United States and abroad is an avenue to empower as many kids as possible with the tools and processes necessary to make, solve problems, and get their hands on 3D modeling and 3D printing technologies.

We couldn’t be happier to have local representation in Southeast Asia. We want to reach and empower as many kids as possible with 3D printing and lessons in creative problem solving. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more about licensing the City X Project locally and becoming a certified regional partner!


Mykita Glasses “Manufactory” Creates Designs with SLS 3D Printing

Mykita glasses  are crafted with unique styles and looks like no other sunglass. Mykita has a style that is as unique as each person who wears them.

With names of each design like a person, (think Chester, Owen, Aretha and Faye) each pair of Mykita glasses are crafted from a 3D printer.

The “manufactory” process embodies the spirit of the new manufacturing revolution as the glasses are built with one thing in mind– “precision craftsmanship with new technologies.” One of these new technologies is SLS 3D printing from 3D Systems, which Mykita uses to create the Mykita Mylon line of sunglasses. These glasses boast “individual adjustability” with style.

The SLS system allows Mykita to produce the frames in virtually any geometrical configuration. Mykita has already won an iF material award and a Red Dot design award for the manufacturing process of the Mylon collection and the product design. Watch how Mykita makes their sunglasses with SLS 3D printing technology.


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Free Educator 3D Toolkit Coming Soon

Guest Posting by Matthew Straub, Communications Director of the City X Project.

After 16 design thinking workshops in three countries and 547 inventions by kids ages 8-12 – all of which were made in 3D modeling software – City X Project Director Libby Falck announced this week during a talk at SXSW edu that all of our work will be culminating in a free toolkit for educators, to be released on our website on April 8th.

The City X Project is a 3D Systems-sponsored and Common Core-aligned workshop that uses a story-based curriculum, 3D printing technologies, and the Stanford d.School Design Process to empower kids to become inventors and changemakers. Our free, downloadable toolkit will include everything a teacher or other educator needs to run the workshop in their own school, including designer workbooks for students, City X citizen cards, and documents with tips and tricks for 3D printing and 3D modeling with kids.

Thanks to the support of the Pearson Foundation, our workshop aligns with several Mathematics and English Language Arts Common Core Standards, and we’ll feature several add-on activities that will allow teachers to explore the world of design thinking and City X even deeper and across various subjects, such as science and social studies.

You can sign up to receive a one-time email the day the City X Project toolkit is released here.


Virgin Atlantic Blog features 3D Systems technology

CES2014 was one of those places where you could see future technology up close and personal. The Virgin Atlantic Blog recently wrote an article on future technology. We were thrilled to see 3D Systems’ featured as one of their favorites.

Read the complete blog on future technology here.

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