Meet AIO Robotics ‘ Zeus “3D copy device”: a 3D printer, 3D scanner and 3D object faxing machine that’s blasted past its $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal after about a day on the crowdfunding trail. This hybrid box is on a mission to consumerise 3D printing by converging multiple functions and taking away some of the rough, manual edges. Building a hybrid box that incorporates both 3D printing and 3D scanning functions makes plenty of sense. The rise of 3D printers begets obvious demand for 3D scanners.
After the monstrous success of 3Doodler, others hope to duplicate their success, including the 3D Printed Pen that replicated much of 3Doodler’s design. Now we see another: swissPen, made by Groupe JL Monnin, based in, of course, Switzerland.
The folks at MakerBot have been teasing their Digitizer desktop 3D scanner since this past March, but now they’re just about ready push it out the door . For $1,400, you too can scan all the little knick-knacks in your life and turn them into 3D schematics to print or share with others. In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on the Digitizer, here’s how the thing works: you place an object on its central turntable and fire up the device, at which point a pair of lasers (for greater accuracy, naturally) will scan the object’s surface geometry and turn that cloud of data points into a 3D model
Scanning and 3D printing an object could become much simpler if 3D printing company Volumental is successful in crowdfunding the development of a web app which would allow users to scan and print 3D objects using nothing more than a Kinect sensor and a web browser… Continue Reading Got a Kinect and a laptop?
Sculpting in a digital environment gives you the freedom to create impossibly balanced models and gravity-defying poses, and that’s all well and good until you go to 3D print it. Depending on the severity of the model’s shape, size, and pose, it may need to be glued to a heavy pedestal or even modified just to remain upright. That’s a headache that’s going away with an ingenious software solution called Make It Stand that quickly and easily optimizes a model’s internal volume to balance it out, even when posed precariously…