26 Apr '13, 7pm

Cube 3D printer hack lets you use bulk filament

Cube 3D printer hack lets you use bulk filament

[Chris Nafis] crunched the numbers and found out he could get filament for his 3D printer in bulk for about one-fifth the cost of the cartridges the company sells. This led him to print a feeder for his Cube 3D printer . We’re skeptical about the Cube 3D printer’s cartridges. They contain a spool of filament, but also include a chip which reports back the filament color and length remaining. We’re sure this provides some nice functionality for those looking to press a button and walk away. But we see it as an annoyance like the laser toner cartridges that stop working based on page count rather than remaining toner. The solution [Chris] went with still uses the cartridges to ‘trick’ the machine into printing. Basically the interface will tell you that you don’t have enough filament left, but as long as there’s a cartridge in place you can tell it to print anyway. The green...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/04/26/cube-3d-printer-hack-lets-...

Comments

  1. 07 Nov '14, 8am

    I am using Cube 3d printer, tried above method but it did not work. The moment I replace empty cartridge, replacing full one, as per your instruction, I get a message on display as 'replace cartridge within 30 seconds'. So it did not accept the empty cartridge. My firmware version is 2.08.
    Any other method???
    Thanks...

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