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Cube 3D Printer bulk filament spool adapter

by nafis, published

Cube 3D Printer bulk filament spool adapter by nafis Apr 18, 2013

Description

The Cube is a solid little printer. It is *very* simple to use. There are barely any “knobs” to tweak. It’s good for someone that just wants to reliably print things without babysitting the printer. The ABS does have warping issues even with the heated bed. The big problem is the filament “razor blade” model. The printer is not that expensive, but they charge $49/0.7lbs of filament! (compared to $31/2.2lbs of Octave 1.75mm filament). That’s 5X the price!

It turns out that you can by-pass/defeat the Dallas Semiconductor 1-wire chip which is located in each cartridge. The chip stores the filament color, remaining amount, etc.

This adapter allows you to connect the plastic filament tube and then connect to a spool of generic filament. It was printed on the cube (version 1)

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My machine is Cube 2 with firmware V 2.05 and software 2.03. When use full cartridge and empty cartridge to fool machine, it does not work. When full removed, the screen show it is removed and then quit printing after 30 seconds.
How to get old version V1.10 ?

gan again. vi.10 is this for cube software or firmware? Same question as ofir36. how to find and install version v1.10

I tried the link. It does not work. when the full cartridge replaced by empty one. the screen says the cartridge removed and abort after 30 second. My cube software version is 2.0.3. Should I get older version?

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Instructions

I'm still running experiments to compare the build quality using the Cube filament versus the different less expensive spool filaments.

I made a spool holder out of some 1/2 cpvc tubing:
1) three pieces of 6"
2) four pieces of 1"
3) two pieces of 3"
4) six T fittings
5) two 90 degree fittings

I hand drilled a hole so you can leave the cartridge filament hanging out. I will update the CAD models when I get the chance.

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gan on Mar 30, 2014 said:

My machine is Cube 2 with firmware V 2.05 and software 2.03. When use full cartridge and empty cartridge to fool machine, it does not work. When full removed, the screen show it is removed and then quit printing after 30 seconds.
How to get old version V1.10 ?

3DBROOKLYN on Dec 31, 2013 said:

wow, just tested with all my fingers crossed on my first gen, no problems at all! can't thank you enough for the tip. i didn't have to even load an empty cartridge, just 'loaded' a standard one but really inserted my own into the print head and voila. (using octave plastic)

jason0516 on Dec 31, 2013 said:

hi nafis:

can use the cube 3d printer 2nd generation?

This box can only print it!! so cool!!

What the note?

n6mon on Sep 8, 2013 said:

Downloaded this, but cannot get it to print properly on my cube.

SirLaowery on Sep 25, 2013 said:

n6mon, are you having trouble printing because of the orientation of the model? If so i was able to get it into the proper orientation and i will give you the model. Im going to try printing it tomorrow.

Bluesmurf on Aug 3, 2013 said:

Can the adapter also work for the cube x model, if so how thanks

nafis on Aug 30, 2013 said:

I don't think so.

whitemousegary on May 2, 2013 said:

hi, I have been wondering about the dimension accuracy of Cubify printer for a long long time already. No review about it. Do you mind try this http://youtube.com/watch?v=lQb... for me?

nafis on Apr 23, 2013 said:

any bets on how many days it takes 3DSystems to update the firmware :-)

Pilot924 on Mar 12, 2014 said:

Just under an hour...

leowpb2012 on Apr 29, 2013 said:

What is the actual firmware version??

nafis on Apr 23, 2013 said:

Check out http://www.howmuchsnow.com/cub... for details

gan on Mar 30, 2014 said:

I tried the link. It does not work. when the full cartridge replaced by empty one. the screen says the cartridge removed and abort after 30 second. My cube software version is 2.0.3. Should I get older version?

legion on Apr 22, 2013 said:

how do you bypass the chip? after you exceed the allotted filament does the cartridge read empty?

nafis on Apr 19, 2013 said:

I saw the larger cube-x at CES this year. It looked nice. Our local Maker group has two other DIY type printers. Some days it seems that you have a 50/50 chance getting a large job to complete successfully :-) I guess it depends if you want to learn about how printers work, or if you want to build things. Both are reasonable goals.

nafis on Apr 19, 2013 said:

I saw the larger cube-x at CES this year. It looked nice. Our local Maker group has two other DIY type printers. Some days it seems that you have a 50/50 chance getting a large job to complete successfully :-) I guess it depends if you want to learn about how printers work, or if you want to build things. Both are reasonable goals.

mgamson on Apr 19, 2013 said:

I think your design is brilliant and I can see how posting too many details might not be more helpful.

@andrewupandabout We are using our cube in a middle school setting. For our purposes it is a great machine. I recognize its limitations and have great respect for the diy/open source/maker ethos. But in a school setting I was willing to sacrifice some control for ease of use and dependability. It is extremely user friendly and is essentially plug and play. We have had it for about 6 months and are happy with it so far.

andrewupandabout on Apr 19, 2013 said:

Nafis, would you buy another Cube if it printed a larger volume? Andrew (3dhacker.com)

legion on May 2, 2013 said:

I can tell you i wouldn't. The machines are fine but the company is slowest shipping company of all time. I have two cubes, and my orders usually take 3 to 4 weeks to be shipped. Sometimes longer. It gets really frustrating! Looking back my money would have been better spent on a makerbot R2

nafis on Apr 18, 2013 said:

I'll post more details in a bit. The downside is that 3D Systems may change the hardware/firmware to eliminate the capability. What do people think?

mgamson on Apr 18, 2013 said:

Does the original cartridge need to have a certain amount of filament in it to bypass the chip sensor?

66Pizi66 on Mar 27, 2014 said:

Yes, that's what matters! I tried to feed the bulk PLA, it printed whithout any problems, but after the cartridge should have emptied, it stopped with the "Empty cartridge" error!!! Please, somebody help us, it's so frustrating...! Any modified firmware or sg?

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