3D scan + print + copy
The world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items and create their digitized models has been launched and is expected to be delivered to the United States next month.
Developed by Nanyang Technological University-originated startup Blacksmith Group, the user-friendly device allows Makers of all levels to scan any item, then edit the digitized model on the computer and 3D print it. Aptly named Blacksmith Genesis, the all-in-one device first appeared last year on Indiegogo, where it successfully garnered over $80,000. With production now complete, the printer-cum-scanner was first unveiled at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.
“We designed Blacksmith Genesis with the average hobbyist in mind. Most 3D printers sold on the market now are not really user-friendly as their 3D models and blueprints usually have to be designed from scratch on the computer,” explained co-founder Fang Kok Boon.
Resembling the body of a Keurig coffeemaker, the high-tech device is housed in black aluminum casing with an innovative rotary platform, which enables 360-degree scanning. Designed for both in-home and office use, the sleek Genesis can easily fit alongside any desktop computer or other appliances. In addition, it boasts a 2-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi, an integrated SD-card reader and a USB connection for instant printing. With a fine resolution of 50 micrometers, the Blacksmith Group says reproductions will be twice as detailed compared to other compact 3D printers, while its built-in 5 megapixel camera will scan objects in just six minutes — twice as fast as others on the market today.
What’s more, the Genesis offers remote monitoring and automatic error detection through its camera. This lets Makers manage the printing process right from their your smartphone. So, should you wish to stop printing, you can do so at the click of a button — anytime, anywhere.
- Printer size: 35cm x 25cm x 41cm
- Build volume: 23cm x 16cm
- Scan volume: 21cm x 16cm
- Printer weight: 6kg (13 lbs)
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Layer Resolution: 50-200 microns
- Filament type: PLA, 1.75 mm diameter
- Connectivity: USB, SD Card, Wi-Fi (coming soon)
Those interested, who have missed the Indiegogo campaign, can now pre-order their Genesis. While it will be a welcomed addition to any home, office or Makerspace, it will however set you back $2,200.