Safe and easy to use, but a closed system holds back its potential.
WRITTEN BYBLAKE MALOOFandMATT STULTZ
Price as tested $1,299
Print volume 5½″×5½″×5½″
Heated bed? No
Print materials PLA, ABS
OS supported Mac, Windows
Print untethered? Yes, over wi-fi or via USB flash drive
Open-source hardware? No
Open-source software? No
Printer control software Cube software
Slicing software Cube software
Last year we reviewed 3D Systems’ entry into the desktop 3D printer market, the Cube. It was a relatively affordable, compact, simple-to-use printer that used closed-source software and proprietary filament cartridges. These elements made this printer less appealing to 3D printing veterans, but great for young or inexperienced makers who want to venture into the world of 3D printing.
This year 3D Systems released the Cube 2, adding a few modifications that make it even safer, quieter, and more kid-friendly, in hopes of better meeting the needs of the education market. Unfortunately the price paid for these changes is reduced print quality.
Pity the police officers whose task it is to tell the truth of the mysterious dying. They are pale and gamine, they speak in unison like twins and might be either men or women. One writes in invisible ink.
Mystery prospers, they say, when the eyes and the mouth rest. The deceased’s toenails had not been cut for months, so long, they seem to grow longer now his body shrinks.
They’re living evidence, say the officers, shoots of nail; they arc in slow motion like the couch grass gripping a plough that’s blunted and abandoned. Is this a human foot or some unusual specimen sprouting brambles, sprouting sickles, until they hook right round and scratch at their own footsole? This is what the truth does, they say, it tickles itself to laughter at our attempts to uncover it. His toenails force back their cuticles like buds and might’ve hooked him bodily back into the world just long enough to tell us what happened in those final hours. The toenails are like the case, they say, dark and horny, growing beyond our reach: they grow and they grow, they flourish like clues and curl back into accusation. Was he murdered at a height, who could not stoop to tend them for himself?
By assigning override=""yes"" to a node, you allow the application to set a value that exceeds the limit set by the application. So, for example, if you have the following setting in your Application.xml file:
and your bandwidth override is set to “yes,” your application can have the following line in a server-side script that will set the bandwidth limits beyond the value set in the nodes: client.setBandwidthLimit(15000000, 22500000);
Of course, in cases where preserving and limiting the bandwidth for applications is lower, you can reset the values in the Application.xml file so that no bandwidth overrides are possible.
Remember, these settings apply to all of the applications running on the server or vhost. If you want to apply settings to one specific application, you can do so by editing a version of Application.xml and placing it in the directory of the application (for example, applications/myApp), the same place you have your main.asc file.