It's no secret that there are many reasons why a 3D printer would be a great addition to any school or library. However, we at InkSmith have a few reasons why you should choose a Cubicon 3D Printer for your Makerspace.
1. Canadian Tech Support
The first reason why you should choose a Cubicon 3D Printer from InkSmith is that we offer Canadian Tech Support. Name any other 3D printer sold in Canada and you'll find that their tech support is US-based. This means that for any major repairs you're looking at shipping the machine across the border and weeks of downtime. With InkSmith, we do our best to make sure your machine is back up and running as soon as possible. Whether that means coming to you or repairing your printer in-house, we'll make sure it's done right and fast.
2. Health and Safety
Another important thing to consider when purchasing a 3D printer is the health and safety certifications of the machine, especially for machines being used in schools or libraries. Cubicon 3D Printers are the only fully enclosed and Carbon/HEPA13/Purafil filtered machines in Canada. This means that you can print to your heart's desire without having to worry about any harmful airborne particles.
If you've worked with other 3D printers before you're probably familiar with all the squeaks and squawks that most machines make. Unlike their competitors, the Cubicon Style and Cubicon Single+ machines are incredibly quiet. You can work right next to a machine and all you'll hear is the fan. Not only is this feature nice for schools and classrooms, but is vital for use in public library spaces.
4. Ease of Use
Using a 3D printer has never been easier. The simple user-interface found on the Cubicon 3D Printers combined with our InkSmith video tutorials will make setting up your next print-job a breeze. Cubicon 3D Printers take the headache out of printing. It's as easy as hitting print!
5. No Need for Adhesives
Most other 3D printers on the market require blue painters tape to get prints to stick and a spatula to pry the finished print off the bed. This method can lead to failed prints or prints that get stuck on the bed. Cubicon 3D Printers have a proprietary coated, the heated surface that allows prints to stick but still easily slide off the bed when they're finished.
6. No Need for Manual Leveling
Most 3D printers out there require the use of thumbscrews and a paper shim to manually adjust the bed level in each corner. This would be okay if it was a one-time operation, but 3D printer beds need constant adjustment to stay in tune. This process of manual leveling can become very tedious and time-consuming. Cubicon 3D Printers use a mechanically leveled and heated bed to ensure the highest possible print quality. Demonstrated in the video below, Cubicon 3D Printers use a 5-point leveling system that is automatically tested before every print.
7. Bundled Curriculum Packages
Implementing new technology in classrooms and libraries is no easy feat. However, this is only the start of the journey when it comes to making the new technology a successful part of learning. That's why we at InkSmith have developed a curriculum package that comes included with your Cubicon 3D Printer purchase. That's right, in addition to providing educator training on our 3D printers, we also include a variety of lesson plans and projects to get you started! Our curriculum packages include lesson plans ranging in subjects from math, geography, social studies, science and more.
8. 3D Printer Operation and Software Training
One of the most important parts about introducing new technology in any learning environment is making sure people know how to use it, especially when those people are the teachers. With the purchase of any Cubicon 3D Printer, InkSmith includes hands-on training sessions to get you started. Our experienced 3D printer technicians will cover all the basics you need to know in order to get you printing. Still need help down the road? We're just an e-mail or phone call away and we're always happy to help. We also have a YouTube channel filled with video tutorials that may be helpful when learning about your new Cubicon 3D Printer.
9. Highest Print Resolution and Speed
As we mentioned previously, Cubicon 3D Printers come equipped with a mechanically leveled and heated printing bed, whisper-quiet mechanics, and a proprietary coated and heated print surface. In addition to all these great features, the Cubicon machines also print with the highest print resolution and speed compared to other models on the market. High resolution, high speed, low noise, and great print quality - what more could you ask from a 3D printer?
10. Professional Development and More!
The InkSmith team continues to offer support for your ongoing 3D printer needs even after you've bought and set up your printer. In addition to our basic 'getting started' training sessions, InkSmith also offers Professional Development sessions for larger groups. Whether you want to learn about slicing 3D prints, design thinking, or other 3D software, we'll lead a P.D. session to get everyone on the same page. Our hands-on P.D. sessions get the technology into the hands of the educators who will be teaching with it. We'll walk you through everything you need to know so you're ready to deploy your new skills into your classroom or learning environment.
If after reading all that you're still unsure about which 3D printer you should get, don't hesitate to contact us! We're happy to answer in questions you might have. You can find all our contact information on the "Contact Us" page listed in the menu above.