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.



Photo Realistic, Full Colour, 3D Printed Replicas

3D Printing technologies have moved on in leaps and bounds over the last decade, and we now have a huge variety of 3d printer options – at prices which were once considered impossible.

However, for us to make the most of (even the existing) capabilities of 3D printing, and before the idea of 3D Printing REALLY captures the attention of the general public, we need to get a LOT smarter about 3D scanning.

People just don’t want to wait around for minutes to get scanned, in this fast ,moving world we want it right now. Captured Dimensions, a Texas based company, has taken this challenge on board and are able to offer “instant”, full colour 3D scans, which can then be printed out as photo realistic, full colour 3D objects. Their purpose built studio uses an array of DSLRs which capture a 3D image in a “flash” – making it possible to instantly scan babies, pets, people, or anything else which can not sit still for minutes.

Unfortunately, the 3D Scan is just the first step –  processing and printing can take up to a month, so it is still not the fastest service in the world – and costs are also pretty high – ranging from nearly $500 for a 1/12th scale replica top over $2,00 to a 1/5th scale.

Also, you need to physically be there for the scan, so unless you happen to live in Dallas this is probably not an option for you, however, this is a great example of how 3D Scanning and Printing technologies may be applied in the future, and as the technology gets smarter, more portable, faster and cheaper there will undoubtedly be increasing interest from the public.

3D printed portraits – The most realistic MiniMe’s Ever !!!

A new store in Hamburg, Germany,  allows customers to print an incredibly lifelike 3D-printed statuette of themselves.

3d-printed-portrait The idea of creating a miniature likeness of yourself using 3D printing is not new. From 3D chocolate face sculptures ans Stormtrooperswith your own face to the Japanese company Omote 3D , creating little statuettes from 3D scans.  However, Hamburg based Twinkind, has established a temporary pop-up studio where people can get the most realistic images created that we have ever seen.

You simply wander in, get yourself scanned and order statuettes of yourself in a variety of different sizes.

3d-printed-portrait-petsThe scanning technology they use is not explained, but apparently happens “in the blink of an eye” – making it possible to scan uncooperative children or even pets.  It appears that the printing process they use m,ay be based around “sandstone” printing technology such as the ZCorp “sandstone” printer, which uses a fine powder as a printing medium. As the layers are laid down, inkjet technology sets them with a bonding agent, which can be mixed with colour for a full-colour printed object. These printers aren’t really for the consumer market, though; for the lowest-end model, you’re looking at around US$15,000.

At the moment this service is limited to people who can visit the physical location in Hamburg, and prices for you own Min-Me aren’t exactly cheap. The smallest model, 15 centimetres tall, costs around AU$313 at the time of writing — all the way up to €1290 for 35 centimetres (around AU$1800). However,