Today, two separate companies announced the launch of two separate all-in-one 3D printers, both backed by Kickstarter campaigns.
How much would you pay for an all-in-one printer? Over a thousand dollars? How about two thousand?
What if it were a 3D all-in-one printer? A machine that could scan, reproduce, and fax copies of real, three dimensional objects.
Whether you would pay $1,000 to $2,000, or more, two product releases are on the horizon so that you can soon do just that.
Today, September 4th, Radiant Fabrication posted a press release to its site, heralding the ‘Lionhead Bunny’, which the company wants to make available next month, assuming its Kickstarter project earns enough funds. The Lionhead Bunny is to 3D printing what all-in-ones are to 2D printing, capable of scanning 3D objects, reproducing them, and printing 3D objects from digital files.
In the statement, Radiant Fabrication stated,
“For the first time, an integrated scanner and Li software simplifies recreating and modifying real world objects. Users can press the Scan button, place an object on the Lionhead printing platform, and close the doors. In a few minutes, a copy of the object will be ready in Li for any improvements to be made and one click of the Print button starts the printing process.”
Oddly enough, on the same day, Los Angeles firm AIO Robotics launched a Kickstarter campaign for a similar, but more expensive, 3D all-in-one called ZEUS. In spite of the Lionhead Bunny, AIO boldy proclaims the ZEUS to be “The World’s First ALL-IN-ONE 3D Copy Machine”.
However it may compare to the Lionhead Bunny, the ZEUS is certainly a pretty penny pricier at approximately $2,800 for the full package. Pledgers to the campaign can be put in line for one, in the hope that AIO will reach its $100,000 goal. The project is currently at $79,787, with 29 days left to go.
Radiant Fabrication will also be launching its own Kickstarter campaign, in the near future.
Expense and practicality issues aside, early adopters of these first 3D all-in-one printers are paving the way for cheaper, higher quality ones down the road. It is important to remember that, before broadband, people had 56K modems.
While 3D printing has a long way to go, it’s off to hurried start. At this pace, maybe 3D printed vehicles are only a decade or so down the road.
Source: Ars Technica