ZEUS – 3D Printer, 3D Scanner, 3D Copier, 3D Fax Machine

The World’s First ALL-IN-ONE 3D Printer/Scanner/Copier/Fax Machine is available for pre-order for US$2,499

AIO Robotics has begun taking pre-orders for their ZEUS All-In-One 3D Printer. The ZEUS 3D printer can print 3D objects, scan 3D objects, copy 3D objects, as well as fax objects directly to other 3D printers.  This means that someone in Australia could scan an item on his ZEUS, and send it to another printer anywhere in the world.

The $2,499 printer has a build area of 8 by 6 by 5.7 inches and can scan objects up to five inches high. It has a 7-inch front touch screen for managing print jobs and a replaceable extruder which makes it easy to fix things if they break. The 3D printer is a standard plastic filament system that can print at 80 microns and scan at 125 microns.



Print the Future – 3D Printing Featured on 60 Minutes (Australia)

The future is here Guns, Body Parts, even Cars… and it is as simple as Click, Print Fire

This is the byline used by 60 minutes in the promotion of their story on 3D printing which went to air in Australia this evening.

It was great to see information about 3D Printing making the mainstream media – 3D Printing really does have potential to offer huge benefits in the future.  However, I found the contents of this particular story to be rather simplistic and often misleading.

Many of the technologies described are potentially possible, however there were strong suggestions that some of the capabilities described are currently available. which is not necessarily the case.   I also found that there was quite a lot of inferences related to 3D printing capabilities which were simply not true or were unrealistic.

3D Printed Gun

the 3D printed gun is certainly currently available, but like Cody Wilson,  I found the NSW Police Departments testing processes rather “conveniently” found that the gun was likely to explode.  The 3D gun printed by NSW Police was created on a very basic entry level 3d Printer.  The quality of the materials used, and the print resolution of the printer itself, is bound to result in an inferior quality product.

3D Printed Car

Whilst it may be theoretically possible to print many of the components of a car, it is currently impractical from a cost and strength perspective to do so.

3D Printed Organs

It is currently possible to print very simple body parts and prosthetics, but it is still very early days for this type of technology to become available for medical use.


Here are some “Extra Minute”  videos that were not included in the original 60 Minutes Program


Cheap Home 3D Printers within 6 months in Australia

The merger between Stratasys and MakerBot could result in MakerBot products being widely distributed in Australian homes within the next six months.

makerbot-replicator-2Stratasys has primarily developed 3D printing technology and materials for use in prototyping and production by governments and large manufacturers. However last month the company agreed to create a joint venture to acquire MakerBot, the Brooklyn, New York-based leader in desktop 3D printing. Makerbot specialise in affordable, “desktop” 3D printers which are cheap and user friendly enough to be used by individuals at home.

Currently 3D computer operated design software is provided to schools free of charge, and many schools are investing in 3D printing technologies and therir studnets are learning how to use it.  The 3D printing revolution is set for a boost when the current generation of school children graduate and start their own printing and manufacturing workshops.


Stratasys to acquire Makerbot

stratasysTwo of the leaders in the worldwide 3D printing Industry are going to merge.   Stratasys Ltd. has announced the acquisition of MakerBot, with privately held MakerBot having agreed to merge with a subsidiary of Stratasys in a stock-for-stock transaction.


Under the terms of the merger agreement, Stratasys will initially issue approximately 4.76 million shares (currently valued at $403 million) in exchange for 100% of the outstanding capital stock of MakerBot.

The amalgamation of these two industry leaders is expected to drive faster adoption of 3D printing for multiple applications and industries.

MakerBot, (founded in 2009), has helped to develop the desktop 3D printing market and has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers by making 3D printers accessible and affordable. The company has sold more than 22,000 3D printers since 2009 – with the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer accounting for half of those sales in the last 9 months alone.

The merger enhances Stratasys’ leadership position in the rapidly growing 3D printer market, by enabling Stratasys to offer affordable desktop 3D printers.