Sunday, April 9, 2017


Sorry, this blog will not be updated anymore. 
It will stay on-line for reference if anybody still has a CubeX.

For me, the CubeX experience was besides paying way too much for an out of the box, not to specs and originally poorly functional printer, overall a positive experience, mainly because I learned (had to) a lot about the FDM 3D printing technology and was fortunate to connect with many other users that helped to get that thing working. 

Many thanks to Giovanni, Hugues, Peter Gregory, Jetguy, Joe Stefano, GRM Products, J. Andre, Toranarod and everybody involved getting Kisslicer to work and all other contributors I have missed.
You guys have dedicated a lot of time to come up with answers and solutions that helped many frustrated CubeX users. - Thank you !

I finally moved on and had bought an Original Prusa i3 MK2S 3D printer at the end of last year. 
I am very happy with it. It worked and printed perfectly right out of the box, and none of the proprietary stuff that the cube had. All is open source.
The Original Prusa printer does not look like much but it is very affordable, easy to use and the prints are awesome. 
No surprise it got voted 3D printer of the year and it has now a unfortunately long lead time to order, but for me it was well worth to get the original prusa. The slicer it comes with is really good and the company stay behind it's product. 
Check out their website and blog etc. and you will see how dedicated and customer focused the company is

Thank you.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Simplify3D settings for the CubeX Printer

I have gotten some great prints with the Simplify3D slicer software.
The software is not free, but I think well worth the price.

Just like with Kisslicer you need to have firmware 1.07 on your CubeX. That way it won't check if you have a CubeX cartridge installed or not.
The software puts out a .bfb file the the CubeX can read. Just like with Kisslicer you copy the file onto the memory stick for printing.

There are many adjustments you can do. 
One of the really cool things is that you can set different print speed, layer thickness, infill, cooling, etc... per layers. 

For example if you have a print that is wide and simple at the bottom and detailed at the top, you can have faster print speed, higher temp, etc... at the lower layers and then slow the print down at the top, add or reduce infill, fans on, etc...
Another great feature is that you can add and remove individual supports manually. - Very helpful. 

The software is setup 
Checkout there software for all the features.

One thing I liked better with Kisslicer is that you can see where the layer start is and therefore better select the preferred seam/print start location.  Simplify3D has some different options for the layer start, but I don't see where the actual seam will be on the model when looking thru the sliced model.  ???

The settings are saved in Process files with a  ".fff" extension.
Those files can be imported and then will show up in the Profile pull down menu.

Make sure to select the proper extruder you want to use. There are several places / menu tabs where you need to select the extruder in the pull down menu.
Also make sure to set the filament diameter in the "Other" menu tab. (~1.69 mm for CubeX filament and ~ 1.75 mm for other standard filament).
Also make sure to set the proper temperature for the filament you are using.

To minimize filament remains to get dragged onto the first layer, I select "use skirt/brim" in the "Additions" menu and I also keep the same temperature for the first layer as the rest of the part. That way the printhead does not move away from the part for temp change after the first layer and will not create any unwanted stringing.

Here are some links to download the ".fff" process/profile files depending on your printer:
Note: These worked for me, no guarantee they will work on your printer.  (I have the GRM heated printbed installed, so it might need a different z-offset for you).

Select Download link and then select Download.

CubeX single:
Download for CubeX single

CubeX Duo:
Download for CubeX Duo

CubeX Trio:
Download for CubeX Trio

Bypassing filament cartridge check and/or using aftermarket 1.75mm filament with the CubeX

Here are some old news but some users still struggle with the standard filament cartridges.

You don’t need any cartridge installed if you run CubeX software 1.07 (with a little trick, see further below).    Or if you run Kisslicer or Simplify3D slicer.

Running the CubeX with no cartridge installed.
When you create a build file with CubeX software version 1.07, it by mistake creates an unencrypted gcode file with a “.bfb” extension in the directory of the model file.
You can open that file with notepad and remove usually 2nd thru 6th line in the code (all the lines in the beginning with a "^" in front of it, except the “^Firmware:v1.07” line.  
So the only line with the “^” in front of it should be the “^Firmware:v1.07”. That one needs to stay.
Removing the other ~ 5 or so lines with the “^” in front of it will allow you to print without the software checking if there is a cartridge installed.

A day or two later Cubify release software version 1.08 to fix their error.
If you need to download the 1.07 version, here is a link to the CubeX 1.07 download.
(Use the link below for 1.07).

The download file is 51MB. I had to put in on Google Drive for downloading.

Also, I use Kisslicer to create the printfile. Much better.  See settings in prior post.

If you want to use aftermarket filament,the CubeX needs  ~ 1.70mm diameter filament. The extruder design has a fixed pulley and drive gear so it only works with the exact diameter unlike some other extruder designs that have a pre-loaded pulley.
Most aftermarket filament are 1.75mm. But there are some aftermarket filament that some users found that run on the thin side and work. I heard some users have good luck with Matter hackers filament.
Increasing the extruder driver voltage to 1.63V (must put heatsink on driver chip) works in most cases to have enough power to drive/extrude the thicker 1.75mm filament. is a good place to check out. 

These instructions are from there:          Setting Extruder Driver VoltageInstructions

I set my voltage to 1.63V on each of the 3 drivers and installed heatsink on each of the 3 driver chips (CubeX Trio).

The current SW version is 1.08 (but 1.07 is better because you can get into the gcode file) and the latest firmware version is 1.07.
So I am running SW version 1.07 and FW 1.07 and would not update since version 1.08 blocks that “hack”.

Here is what I tweaked on my CubeX:
·         Relocating z-limit sensor (for consistent z-homing).
·         Installing Heated printbed. (A must for ABS printing, and improvement on larger PLA parts).
·         Running filament spools externally and feed thru upper portion of tubing.
-         Make sure to store your filament in sealed bag with extra desiccant bags).
·         Use a hack to not need cartridge chip (the cartridges and reader have many problems so ignoring the chip and running spools externally solves that)
·         Using Kisslicer as software to create print file. (Creates much better print models and support features can be easily broken off).
-        Increased extruder driver voltage to 1.63V and installed heatsink on driver chip.

-        Modified extruder to use 1.75mm filament.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CubeX Trio - Kisslicer settings

Per request, here are the Kisslicer setting that are working well for my CubeX Trio.
I have been using the Kisslicer PRO version:
Kisslicer 1.5 Release with CubeitModV6.05
Make sure all files reside in the same folder as the .exe files.

Setting are setup for the GRM heated printbed.

After "slicing" the model, make sure to always scroll thru the model layer by layer to check for any possible errors. Sometimes more loops create a cleaner print.

If you have already Kisslicer installed, make sure to backup your original copy with ini files.
I would then create another copy of your Kisslicer folder and then dump my .ini files in that folder for testing. Make sure you are using Kisslicer 1.5 Release with CubeitModV6.05

Here are download links: 

Kisslicer ini files only:
Kisslicer .ini files only

All files except Kisslicer.exe and CubeITMod605.exe:
All files but no .exe

All files including Kisslicer and CubeItmod .exe files (download might not work)
Make sure to rename the two .exx files to .exe  (because of windows security).
Kisslicer all files

Kisslicer Manual:
Kisslicer Manual

I have also been using the Simplify3D slicer with my CubeX. It works really well.
I can post my settings next time.