As a software producer for decades, I was always amazed when I would be sitting with a client when an error message popped up on the screen and they explained, "Oh. That's nothing. It does it all the time and I just ignore it."
What??? Are you kidding me??? Why would you DO that!
Every time I would tell them that I WANTED to know IMMEDIATELY when an error message popped up.
As the developer, I knew what not to do. So, my own testing could never fully replicate the experience of users that did not know exactly what not to do.
In fact, I had no idea that the user might go down this or that path in an order I had never attempted that generated the error. So, it was important to me to hear about issues as soon as possible.
Their reporting of issues not only would help them. It would help other users and me, the developer.
There is no way for any manufacturer to cover 100% of the potential circumstances that might reveal something that needs to be addressed to ensure 100% reliability. The Rolls Royce is clearly at the top of the automotive food chain. But, as you will hear from me often, there is a reason all Rolls Royce dealerships have repair shops.
Beyond even that example, we are well aware of the billions spent on making space vehicles perfect. But, as two recent events have shown us, sometimes even that doesn't help to keep ALL errors out of the initial systems.
The Cube3 3D printer is THE best 3D printer I've owned. In fact, I think it is going to establish itself as THE printer to have for homes and schools in a very short period of time. It is going to do for 3D printing in education what the Apple II did for computing in the classroom.
But, I've spotted some small things that can be refined to reach the goal of near perfection. And, the first thing I do when spotting something is to report it to Cubify Support. An example is that I see some stray bits of filament dropping onto the print plate when colors are changed. This is definitely no show stopper. But, it does look a bit messy and the beautiful quality of the prints deserves to look pristine on the print table at all times.
It is something that I am sure can be fixed in firmware. But, that fix may only happen if the engineers are fully aware of what we are seeing out in the field, where we push the Cube3 in ways those who know what NOT to do may not.
I know for a fact that 3D Systems is committed to as near perfection in the Cube series of printers as possible. And, I know for a fact that we users want the same thing. And, to a large extent, that means getting good feedback from us. And, I want to hear from you as well. I really appreciate those that have written to me with help observations and questions about their experiences.
The reason I mentioned a Rolls Royce, above, is that as I use the Cube3, it reminds me of that extremely high level of elegant design and quality. It seriously is that impressive to me. As much as I loved the Cube2, the Cube3 is heads above anything that has gone before it in the consumer 3D printing marketplace.
But, to make sure it grows to its full potential we, as users, need to provide the field feedback for the designers, programmers and support personnel as quickly as we spot something. I like to document what I find with either a video or an image so that they don't have to guess at what I'm seeing. In this way, we early users become part of the process of helping the entire Cube family...whether it be producers or consumers. Being constructively proactive helps everybody.