I’ve been using the Cubicon Single for some time now. As previously reported, I was very impressed with its features when I saw it at Inside 3D Printing Seoul. It’s a fantastic machine with automatic bed leveling, allows easy removal of prints with its specially coated print bed, and removes harmful, noxious fumes with its 3-part filtration system. It also produces stunning prints. It’s as close to a plug and print, hassle-free machine that I have seen. Retailing for $2,699, it’s not an entry-level printer.
For those of us on a budget who still desire a printer of this caliber, there’s good news. HyVision just revealed their newest printer, the Cubicon Style. The Style is a smaller machine with much of the functionality of its larger sibling. It also has a heated, auto-leveling print bed with a special coating.
There are some noticeable differences between the Cubicon Single and the Cubicon Style. For one, the print volume is 150 x 150 x 150 mm, compared to 240 x 190 x 200 mm for the Cubicon Single. The Cubicon Style has a touch button interface as opposed to the jog wheel on the Cubicon Single.
The Cubicon Single has a convection temperature control function for the heated, enclosed build chamber and an internal spool holder (actually recessed into the outer body of the printer), while the Cubicon Style doesn’t have that control function and features an external spool holder.
The Cubicon Single prints in ABS, PLA and now can print in TPU thanks to a newly released extruder. The Cubicon Style can print in ABS, PLA and TPU, but uses a new modular extruder with a detachable print head for easier maintenance.
The Cubicon Style is a very quiet printer that operates at about 45dB, so you can print in your bedroom at night, if you were so inclined. HyVision markets how quiet the Cubicon Style is in their somewhat confusing slogan, “Feel the invisible sound.”
HyVision also recently released a new version of their Cubicreator slicing software. Previously only available for Windows, the new software is also available on the Mac. They also integrated support for MyMiniFactory into Cubicreator. iMakr, the parent company of MyMiniFactory, is their sole distributor in the US and UK.
The cloud function in Cubicreator v 2.0 allows users to download models from MyMiniFactory. All you have to do is slice the .stl file and print. Since both Cubicon models auto-level the bed before every print, this makes printing out your favorite models a rather painless process.
No pricing has yet been released for the Cubicon Style and it’s unclear when it will be available for ordering. This seems like a printer that will appeal to a wide range of buyers and will probably give the Ultimaker 2 a run for its money.