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Cube 3D printer discussion / Re: Identifying Cube Gen1 vs Gen2
« on: April 13, 2015, 03:19:58 pm »
As far as I know the 1st gen has a steel print bed and the 2nd gen has a glass print bed.

Cube 3D printer discussion / Re: Crap hack. Bulk filament
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:58:11 pm »
Yes. You can even press "stop" when the printer is warming up, before it actually starts printing.

Cube 3D printer discussion / bulk fillament hack toggle switch
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:12:10 pm »
As the pins of my cartridge sensor were FUBAR I decided to install a permanent "hack". I took a cartridge chip from a new cartridge and hard-wired it to the Cube's mainboard with a switch in the middle. When I need to print I switch it on so the Cube detects a cartridge, while printing I can switch it off to prevent the counter from writing to the chip and allowing me to print bulk fillament. Be careful not to fry the chip, it can not handle heat that well. I managed to overheat the first chip soldering the wires.

For those interested: the cartridge chip:

Hello Dan, my name is gais I'm a frustrated cube user.

Bought a Cube 3d at our office almost 3 years ago. Out of the box this thing was a worthless piece of sh#t. The slicing software is terrible, it either works to create a printable object or it doesn't. When it does not work there are no options available to make it work. The interface looks like it has been designed by a 1st year student to be used by his 8 year old brother. The hardware is slow and noisy, there is no way to manually set the wireless configuration, there is no error logging to debug any problems. Our printer never had a working network connection as the wireless adapter was DOA.

The cartridges are the worst of all, expensive and fitted with a proprietary print counter. The first one gave up after only 10 small prints. Forced open the casing and it had more than 75% filament left. This problem seemed a structural problem to our printer as every cartridge that it renders empty has at least >50% filament left. Contacted Cubify, got some replacement supplies, but no solution to the underlying problem. When my sensor contact points broke after replacing the next cartridge I've had it with this thing...

So here I am, just opened up my Cube this weekend, soldered the connection points back on, flashed the old firmware back in place and happily printing the remnants of my broken cartridges using the bulk filament hack. And I must confess, reading the post about ripping out the entrails of this purposely restricted machine and replacing them with an Arduino seems VERY tempting...

To be continued.

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