Setting Up The Printer

  1. Select your language. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: The selected language will be indicated.

  1. Enter a name for your printer. Scroll through the characters by pressing the arrow symbols on each side of the screen. Select the characters to spell the name. Select the checkmark to confirm your choice.

NOTE: You can change the name of your printer at any time. Navigate to the System 1 screen, select CUBE NAME and follow the instructions on the touchscreen display.

NOTE: Selecting the abc button toggles between lowercase letters, uppercase letters and numerals.


NOTE: The printer will search for area wireless networks.


  1. Connect the printer to a wireless network. Use the up or down arrows to scroll to your network choice. Select the desired network name. Select SKIP to bypass this step.

NOTE: You can connect to a wireless network at any time. Navigate to the Network screen, select WIFI and follow the prompts on the touchscreen display.

NOTE: The printer can also connect to an ad hoc network, a decentralized network that wirelessly connects a local computer to the printer directly. The computer must have a wireless adapter configured for ad hoc mode. The adapter must use the same SSID as is found in the printer. Connecting to an ad hoc network is discussed further in the section titled Connect to an Ad Hoc Network.


NOTE: The printer will attempt to connect to your network.


NOTE: If the network is password protected, your printer will first prompt you to enter the password. Once entered, select the checkmark to continue


NOTE: The display will indicate when the network connection has been made.


NOTE: If the wrong password was entered, you will be asked to enter the password again after a few seconds.


NOTE: If the printer can not connect to a network, you will be asked to select another network after a few seconds.


NOTE: Connection to a network is confirmed by a checkmark to the left of the network name. If the network is secure, a lock icon will appear to the right of the network name.

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  1. Select the checkmark to continue to the registration and warranty activation process.

  1. Log in to 3DSystems.com. Go to www.3dsystems.com/shop/account/login and log in to your account.

NOTE: You must be logged in to www.3DSystems.com to activate your printer. If you have not activated an account, select Sign Up Now and enter the appropriate information.

  1. Go to www.3dsystems.com/shop/cube/activate.

NOTE: The serial number for your printer will appear on the printer’s touchscreen display. Take note of the serial number. You will need it to activate your printer.


  1. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: This illustration provides an example of a serial number. Do not use this number to activate your printer.

  1. Enter your serial number and select Activate.

NOTE: Your 4-digit activation code will appear. Make note of the activation code. You will need to enter it into the printer’s touchscreen display to activate the printer.


  1. Enter the 4-digit activation code into the printer and select the checkmark to continue.

  1. Select the checkmark to complete the registration and warranty activation process.

NOTE: It is very important to calibrate your printer.

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  1. Before installing cartridges, select the cartridge icon or select START to begin the process of installing your print cartridge.


NOTE: The printer will begin to heat. Wait until the printer has finished heating and then follow the user prompts in the touchscreen menu.


  1. Insert the print jet (from the cartridge that will be mounted on the left side of the printer) into the left print jet opening on top of the printer.

  1. Rotate the print jet clockwise until the dots align. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: As you rotate the print jet, ensure the print jet tube is tucked under the top of the printer cover.

  1. Mount the cartridge on the left side of the printer and select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: It may become necessary to slightly rotate the cartridge to seat it properly.


NOTE: The print jet will begin to heat. Once the print jet has reached the proper temperature, the printer will prime melted material into the refuse bin.


  1. The left cartridge has been installed. Select the checkmark to continue.


NOTE: The printer will begin to heat. Wait until the printer has finished heating and then follow the user prompts in the touchscreen menu.


  1. Insert the print jet (from the cartridge that will be mounted on the right side of the printer) into the right print jet opening on top of the printer.

  1. Rotate the print jet clockwise until the dots align. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: As you rotate the print jet, ensure the print jet tube is tucked under the top of the printer cover. 

  1. Mount the cartridge on the right side of the printer and select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: It may become necessary to slightly rotate the cartridge to seat it properly.


NOTE: The print jet will begin to heat. Once the print jet has reached the proper temperature, the printer will prime melted material into the refuse bin.


  1. The right cartridge has been installed. Select the checkmark to continue.

  1. Select PRINT.

  1. It is recommended that Auto Level is performed prior to the first print. Ensure the print pad is clean and installed properly and then select the checkmark to continue to Auto Level.

NOTE: Auto Level should be performed when the printer is positioned away from bright lights or direct sunlight.

NOTE: When installed properly, the print pad magnetically attaches to the adjustment knobs.


NOTE: The printer will begin the Auto Level procedure. This may take a few minutes.


NOTE: If the print pad is not level, remove the print pad and select the checkmark to continue. The print pad is magnetically attached to the adjustment knobs. To remove it, lift up the front of the print pad and pull it out of the printer.


NOTE: Follow the instructions on the touchscreen display. Use the included 1.5 mm Allen wrench to loosen the lock screws securing the adjustment knobs to the bracket before turning the knobs. Select the checkmark to continue.


NOTE: The lock screw (1) is located just below the adjustment knob (2). The lock screw for adjustment knob B can be accessed from the front of the printer. The lock screw for adjustment knob A can be accessed from behind the printer.


NOTE: Follow the instructions on the touchscreen display. Once the adjustments have been made, select the checkmark to continue.


NOTE: When prompted, tighten the lock screw enough to ensure the adjustment knob does not easily turn. Select the checkmark to perform Auto Level again.

Caution: Do not over-tighten the lock screw. This can damage the adjustment knob and void the manufacturer’s warranty.


  1. Select the checkmark to continue.

  1. Install the print pad and select the checkmark to perform Auto Gap.

NOTE: To install the print pad, place it on top of the adjustment knobs. When the print pad is centered properly, magnets will secure the print pad to the adjustment knobs.


NOTE: The printer will perform an automated gap measurement.


  1. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: The value presented on the touchscreen display is the absolute print pad position. Note and refer to this value when performing the Manual Level procedure. Your number may differ from the illustration.


NOTE: If Auto Gap is not successful, it is recommended that you perform Auto Level and Auto Gap again. Select AUTO LEVEL to continue.

NOTE: If Auto Gap is not successful the second time, select PLATE MAINTENANCE. For more information, refer to the section titled Print Pad Maintenance. Once the Plate Maintenance procedure has been performed, perform Auto Level and Auto Gap.

NOTE: If Auto Gap is still not successful, select MANUAL GAP ADJUSTMENT. Refer to the section titled Manual Gap Adjustment for more information. Once the Manual Gap Adjustment procedure has been performed, note the final reading for future reference.


  1. Select PRINT.

NOTE: The printer will continue the process of printing the welcome message test print. Select SKIP to bypass this test print. You can print this test print at any time. Navigate to the System 1 screen and select TEST PRINT. Follow the prompts in the touchscreen display. 


NOTE: If the color built into the test print does not match a color of one of the installed print cartridges, the printer will assign an installed cartridge color to the test print. Select the checkmark to continue.


  1. Gently squeeze the bottle and apply two thin layers of Cube Glue to the print pad. Select the checkmark to continue.

NOTE: For more information about applying glue to the print pad, refer to the section titled Applying Cube Glue.

NOTE: Apply enough glue to cover a square area of 5” (15 cm).

NOTE: For best results, allow the glue to dry prior to printing.


NOTE: The printer will begin to heat and then begin printing the welcome message test print.


  1. Select the checkmark to go to the main menu.


NOTE: You may also press and release the button next to the touchscreen display to return to the main menu.