A 3D PRINTER claiming to be the world's fastest has started shipping in the UK, promising up to 12 times the speed of average 3D printers.
The Prodesk3D is a full colour 3D printer launched by a company called Botobjects and is touted to "revolutionise the 3D desktop printing market" due to its ability to increase its speed so that large 3D prints can now be done in minutes.
The Prodesk3D printer comes in orange colour for £3,249 or a limited edition blue colour for £3,749, both prices without shipping or VAT. The prices include one starter five colour cartridge set and one support material cartridge.
However, if you order today you'll have to wait six to eight weeks for the printer to arrive, according to the company's website order form.
"This move is as transformative as the original printing press and will galvanise the prototyping and design establishment and set the new benchmark for the industry to follow," said Botobject CEO Martin Warner. "The speed of this new printer is a real game changer. Speed is at the heart of mass consumerisation for 3D printing.
"We believe that the Prodesk3D will revolutionise the 3D desktop printing market, like Apple did for the PC."
As you will see from the video below, the printer is capable of printing small objects in full colour at 25 microns in just under one hour.
This wasn't the only 3D printing technology announced on Tuesday. Best known for its budget Android devices, Australian hardware company Kogan has launched a commercial "plug and play" 3D printer for just $699 Australian, or about £390.
Named "The Da Vinci 1.0", Kogan's 3D printer aims to offer the average home the technology it claimed "is out of reach and out of pocket for most people".
The Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer was unveiled at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, with its main draw being the claim that it is capable of printing items 20 percent larger than most other 3D printers in its class can print.
Some of the printer's features include Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology, auto-adjusting build plates to allow for different sized items, four printing modes for different speeds and sizes, and easy-to-install and replace filaments.
"The Da Vinci 3D printing experience removes the complexity of 3D printing. Simply choose a design from the XYZ Cloud or elsewhere, then prepare and customise the design with the easy-to-use software," Kogan explained.
The Da Vinci 3D printer is presently available for pre-order only. The firm's website promises to ship the device to its Australian customers on 05 June. Kogan told The INQUIRER that there are no plans for a UK release just yet. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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