XYZ's $499 3D da Vinci Printer
XYZprinting's da Vinci 3D printer is only $499. It is designed for personal and small business use. A cloud-based database of 3D objects is freely available. It has a 100-micron resolution. ABS filament is available in a dozen colors. Software runs on a Windows and the Mac. The unit is 18.4-in by 20-in by 22-in.
FormLabs Delivers High-End Stereolithography
FormLabs Form 1 3D printer delivers high-end stereolithography (SL) technology. Unlike many other 3D printers that use ABS filaments, the Form 1 buildsssss up from a tray of liquid resin that is scanned by a laser to selectively solidify the resin. The 3D object is essentially pulled out of the liquid.
It has a minimum layer size of 25 microns and a minumum feature size of 300 microns. It has a build volume of 4.9-in by 4.9-in by 6.5-in.
Kickstarting Robox 3D Dual Head Printer
Robox's CEL Robox micro manufacturing platform features dual heads. The heads can handle a range of materials including ABS and PLA filament.
It has a build volume of 8.3-in by 5.9-in by 3.9-in. Layer resolution is 20 microns using 0.3-mm and 0.8-mm heads. It can handle PLA, ABS, HIPS Nylon, PC and PVA. Robox AutoMaker runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
MakerBot Mini 3D Scanner
MakerBot is on of the first in low cost 3D printers but it is also bring scanning to the 3D realm as well. The MakerBot Digitizer handles objects up to 8-in by 8-in by 8-in in 12 minutes using a fixed 1.3 Mpixel CMOS image sensor and laser triangulation. The base rotates the object and a USB connection links the digitizer to a PC running Windows, MacOSX or Linux.
MakerBot Replicator Z18
Of course MakerBot has lots of 3D printers on hand including the new, $6499 Replicator Z18. MakerBot's latest offerings are a far cry from the originals that included a bit of wood. The Z18 is designed for larger objects with a build volume of 12-in by 12-in by 18-in and a 100 micron layer resolution. This fifth generation system has USB, WiFi and Ethernet links to the host.
Professional 3D Printer Uses DLP Technology
Kevvox's Kewox SP 3D resin-based printing system is designed for professional use. It employs DLP technology to deliver resolutions as small as 43 and 62 microns. The build size for the larger version is 3.15-i by 1.92-in by 3.94-in. It can utilize a number of resins including a high temperature resistant version, HTR-300.
3D PrintLife Printer Incorporates Integrated PC
3DPrintLife has a multi-head 3D printer. It can utilize a range of materials from clay and plasticine to ABS and nylon. It has an integrated PC with an auto-calibration tool and solid state drive for storing .tl and g-code files locally. It has a large 5-in by 8-in by 8-in build area. A heated platform prevens ABS warping.
EnvisionTek 3D Printers Can Build Molds
EnvisionTek provides a range of 3D printers and scanners for may applications areas including automotive and dental. They can utilize a range of materials suitable for creating models for direct investment casting and silicon rubber molding.
Photobooth Delivers 3D Color Scans
3D Systems sells a range of 3D printers and scanners. One of the more unique items is the 3DMe Photobooth that was on display at CES 2014. Just sit down and get a full color, 3D facial scan.
Cubic Printing All In A Row
A whole row of 3D Systems Cube 3 printers were chugging away building different objects at the same time. There are a range of Cube printers including the Cube X and CubeX with a 100 micron resolution and up to three print heads. The Cube 3 has dual print jets that handle ABS and PLA plastic. It has a 75 micron layer thickness and a build size of 6-in by 6-in by 6-in. Connectivity is via USB or WiFi. Software runs on Windows and Mac OSX.
3D Scanner Targets Consumers
3D Systems' Sense 3D scanner is a hand-held unit that uses sensors to track movement and a 3D imager to capture 3D scans. The Geomagic software is compatible with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets allowing mobile scanning. It is priced at $399 and will be available at Staples stores.