3D printer update 4

SolderingIt’s been a while since I posted any update at all, but here’s whats going on with the┬áCube 3D printer.

I got in contact with the creator of the Cube3DFree device, and he basically told me how to do it, and that it was described in the manual. So note to self: RTFM! So the time goes by with other stuff to do, but I finally dig out my soldering set and knowing how bad I am at soldering I was not looking forward to attach that little chip to the board. I have a quick look on YouTube to see if I could get some tips on soldering. And I did, YouTube is the best place to learn stuff.

Soldering that little chip was much easier than I expected, and the machine now though it actually had a cartridge attached. Haha, progress! Next thing I had to do load the new filament, which went easy enough. Now there’s the test print with the new external loaded filament.

Printed a 20mm test cube again, no problems at all. Printer works fine using the external filament.


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4 thoughts on “3D printer update

  • Galen

    Hello, I have a Cube2 and was looking at getting the Cube3dfree.
    Was wondering if you could give me your opinion on the device? Does it work?

    • FedsRevenge Post author

      It does indeed work. All you need to do is to solder the chip from the original cartridge onto the board and mount it. I had to adjust the extruder a little bit since the original filament is about 1.6mm and bulk filament is usually 1.75mm. Keeping the printing room at a temperature below 22 degrees centigrade also helps.

      Other than that there’s nothing problematic with the Cube3dfree thingy. It works very clever also. The chip in the filament has data on how much filament it has, and as the machine is working it’s constantly reducing the number on the chip until it’s “empty”. The device uses a man-in-the-middle function where it takes the information from the machine and ignores it. The chip just never goes empty and you will never have to buy that overpriced original filament ever again.

      • Galen

        Awesome. You’re the first person to actually give me a review on this device.
        Would you happen to know how it ignores the information? Knowing that could be valuable information.

        • Galen

          Actually, was wondering if you could take a few photos of the device and email them to me?
          The guy who designed it only has pics that he has taken, and I can’t really get an idea of what it looks like. I guess that’s to hide some info.