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Ratings
Overall Rating
Printing Performance
Filament & Cartridges
Printer Design
Connectivity & Accessories
Help & Support
9.32
8.95
8.50
8.48
8.38
7.82
7.65
7.45
7.40
7.35
7.33
7.28
7.08
6.57
6.38
9.38
8.75
9.38
9.38
8.75
8.13
8.13
6.88
8.13
6.88
6.25
8.13
7.50
6.25
6.88
9.38
9.38
6.88
7.50
8.13
5.63
7.50
8.75
8.13
8.13
8.13
8.13
8.13
5.63
6.25
9.38
8.13
8.13
8.13
7.50
8.75
7.50
7.50
5.63
6.88
7.50
5.63
5.63
6.25
5.63
9.38
9.38
9.38
8.13
8.13
8.13
6.88
7.50
6.25
7.50
6.88
6.25
4.38
6.88
6.25
8.75
9.38
9.38
9.38
10.00
10.00
8.13
5.63
8.75
7.50
8.75
7.50
10.00
10.00
6.88
Printing Performance
Print Quality Score
?
95%
85%
95%
85%
75%
85%
75%
65%
75%
65%
80%
80%
90%
80%
75%
Max Build Height (in)
?
8
9.8
7.8-11.2
12
12
5.9
8.9
7.8 - 9.2
5.5
5.9
3.9
10.2
6
4.9
5.3
Max Build Width (in)
?
8.8
10.8
10.5
8
12
7.8
6.5
8.2
5.5
5.9
8.3
9.4
6
3.9
5.5
Max Build Depth (in)
?
9
11.7
9
12
12
9.9
8.7
7
5.5
5.9
5.9
9.4
6.2
3.9
5.5
Print Speed (mm/s)
?
30 - 300
200
15
150
50 - 250
Various
120
50 - 120
30
90
Various
150 - 300
275
Various
3 - 30
Print Layer Height (mm)
?
0.02 - 0.2
0.075 - 0.35
0.07 - 0.30
0.06
0.05 - 0.25
0.1
0.05 - 0.3
0.1 - 0.3
0.15 - 0.4
0.1 - 0.2
0.2
0.1 - 0.2
0.05 - 0.5
0.2
0.15 - 0.4
User Calibration
?
 
 
 
 
Auto Leveling
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Filament & Cartridges
PLA Plastic
?
ABS Plastic
?
Optional
 
 
 
 
 
Additional Print Materials
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Universal Cartridge Capable
?
Not Recom- mended
 
 
Not Recom- mended
 
 
Manufacturer Filament Cost
?
$41
$24.95
$99.00
$48.00
$35.00
$18.00
$44.99
$24.00
$31.99
$27.00
$59.00
$39.00
$24.95
$18.00
Distributor
Filament Sizes (mm)
?
3
3
1.75
3
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
3
1.75
1.75
Upgradeable Print Heads
?
Optional
2
3
 
 
 
 
2
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
Printer Design
Design Ease of Use Score (%)
?
100%
80%
95%
85%
80%
95%
90
85%
70%
75%
95%
70%
75%
90%
75%
Weight (lbs)
?
26.5
24.2
90.7 - 98
39.6
30
35.3
15.4
39.6
10.2
48.5
18.3
21
18.85
22
11
Height (in)
?
14
20.3
22.7
18
22.5
41
14.6
15.9
13.7
15.3
9.4
27.2
17.1
15
14
Width (in)
?
14
20.5
22.7
24
18.3
44.1
15.4
15.9
9.6
19.4
14.5
18.2
13.4
12.2
9.5
Depth (in)
?
15.3
26.8
23.2
18
18
52.8
17.2
16.1
10.2
15.5
13.4
16.5
15.2
11.6
10.5
Frame Material
?
Glass, Aluminum
Aluminum, Steel
Aluminum
Acrylic
Aluminum, Acrylic
Steel, ABS
Aluminum
Steel
Metal
Metal
Metal
Aluminum
Aluminum, Steel
Metal, ABS
Metal
Print Plate Material
?
Glass
PEI
Glass
Glass
Glass
Glass
Glass
Glass
Perf Board
Glass
PEI
Acrylic
Glass with PEI
Acrylic
Cell board
Screen with Onboard Controls
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heated Platform
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional Printer Versions
?
Original
Mini, KITTAZ
CubePro Duo, Trio
HD, HDX, HD2X, HDL, HDR
 
Replicator 2X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connectivity & Accessories
Provided Software
?
Cura
Cura & Open Source
CubePro
Matter Control
Cura
Makerbot Desktop
Tinkerine Suite
Mprint
Afinia 3D
Dee Control
AutoMaker
Open Source
Cura Lulzbot
Makerbot Desktop
UP Plus
Untethered Printing
?
Optional
 
 
 
Partial
 
Partial
 
Partial
Print via Removable Device
?
SD Card
SD Card
Flash Drive
SD Card
 
Flash Drive
SD Card
SD Card
 
SD Card
 
 
 
 
 
Filament Cartridges Included
?
 
 
Maintenance Tools Included
?
 
 
 
USB Cable Included
?
 
 
 
Help & Support
Warranty
?
90 Days
1 Year
90 Days
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Email Support
?
Distributor
Phone Support
?
Inter- national
Inter- national
Distributor
Blog or Forum
?
 
 
FAQs
?
 
 
 
Tutorials
?
 
 
 
 
Manual
?
Manufacturer Lead Time (weeks)
?
2 - 4
2 - 6
 
1 - 2
2 - 4
 
0-1
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 - 4
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
 
 
 
 
 
 
Windows XP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mac OS
Linux