An Additional 3D Printer Buying Factor

By on January 29th, 2014 in Ideas


The other week we wrote a piece on the major factors to consider when deciding on purchasing a 3D printer. While we stand by our list, a readers suggested another key factor. 
Operating System: One reader suggested the ability to run the printer’s software on Linux would be a deciding factor for him. We agree – platform availability is a key factor. Most software for personal 3D printers these days is multi-platform, but sometimes it is not. Almost always you’ll find Windows compatibility and often Macintosh – but not always. Linux is more frequently left off the list. The moral of the story is: check out the software compatibility with your own equipment before you proceed, or you’ll be in for a surprise. 
The CubeX 3D printer from Cubify, for example, falls into this situation. Cubify offers only Windows software to drive it; if you have a Mac or run Linux, you’re out of luck unless you resort to PC emulators or reboot your machine with a copy of Windows. If you don’t happen to have a licensed copy of Windows handy, this actually could cost you extra money to be able to print, raising the effective cost of the machine. 


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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