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Makerbot Desktop 3D Scanner Goes On Sale

timothy posted 1 year,11 days | from the get-those-figurines-prepped dept.

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dryriver writes with this excerpt from the BBC about the latest device from Makerbot: "A desktop device that can quickly scan objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer has gone on sale. The Makerbot Digitizer, which costs $1,400 (£900), will be shipped to the first buyers in October. Demand for the machine appeared to overload the company's store when it went on sale on Thursday evening. The Digitizer is the latest product looking to bring 3D printing to mainstream technology users — but experts are sceptical. The machine is designed to allow the replication of objects without any need for the user to learn any 3D modelling software or have any other special expertise. The time it takes to scan an object varies, but one demonstration involving a small gnome was said to take around 12 minutes. "The MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters, and visionaries who want to be pioneers in Desktop 3D Scanning," the company says. "This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators, and artists.""

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$1400 + $150 for warranty. (2)

wjsteele (255130) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646219)

Seems kind of expensive to me for a rotating plate, two LED lasers and a camera.

Bill

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (4, Insightful)

keltor (99721) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646299)

You are perfectly capable of NOT buying it.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646551)

He's also perfectly in his right to question it.
 
Captcha: repress

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646577)

Hurr durr, getting confrontational because someone expresses disinterest in something you fanboy over.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646777)

This attitude is what is wrong with modern culture. People are attacked for questioning things as silly as the price of goods....

Be a good consumer, don't argue with the market!

Shit we need to question more things, fight the status quo.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44648389)

This attitude is what is wrong with modern culture. People are attacked for questioning things as silly as the price of goods....

Be a good consumer, don't argue with the market!

Shit we need to question more things, fight the status quo.

You didn't say it is expensive compared to this other similar thing on the market, or I think the market is skewed because of stagnation/unfair competition/regulation/whatever, so what sense does it make to talk about the price in absolute terms? Without consideration to the market, it is what it is.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44647057)

Butt hurt over someone questioning your precious product, fanboi? LOLzzzz!!!!!
 
But what should I expect out of someone dumb enough to pay for a Slashdork subscription?

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44649899)

How many dicks have you had in your asshole in one night? I'm guessing 7. You fucking shitballs fucktard fuck.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44650243)

Plus, not to mention whether or not this material will become another environmental nightmare or is it recyclable?

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

jandrese (485) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646757)

I'm guessing a fair bit of the price is from the software to convert all of that into a 3D printable model. Still, I would have liked to have seen an overhead laser for that price.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44647077)

I'm sure that like their printers, Makerbot just took the work of the FOSS/OSH community, prettied it up a bit, and decided to overcharge for it.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648309)

I'm sure that like their printers, Makerbot just took the work of the FOSS/OSH community, prettied it up a bit,

So you wouldn't have a problem linking to said FOSS/OSH project, then.

and decided to overcharge for it.

Who's overcharging? It's worth what people will pay for it, like most things.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44651331)

Here's the links.

(no longer open source, free for new versions but way cheaper and similar tech):
http://www.david-3d.com/

(not open source, but cheaper and similar tech)
http://cad-scan.co.uk/
http://www.matterform.net/

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

chuckinator (2409512) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646959)

The 1980s called to remind you that there's a reason software costs money. You weren't planning on writing your own firmware for the device and software for the host PC driving the thing, were you?

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44649963)

I have. Parts cost (exclusive of phone used for camera and computer for processing) less than 100$.

I think I'll see about releasing the software as open source in the next few weeks.

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

Zorpheus (857617) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647563)

Do you know a better offer for something like this?

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (1)

AndyKron (937105) | 1 year,10 days | (#44650461)

Expensive? What about the $2000 wooden breadbox they sold me last year?

Re:$1400 + $150 for warranty. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44652995)

Seems kind of expensive to me for a rotating plate, two LED lasers and a camera.

Bill

There is one for $600 from a company called Matterform I just read about in Electronic Design yesterday...

http://electronicdesign.com/embedded/matterform-interview-low-cost-3d-scanner

3D copy machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646277)

Now with the scanning and printing technologies ready, who is going to make the 3D xerox machine?

Re:3D copy machine (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646495)

Xerox corporation?

Re:3D copy machine (1)

roc97007 (608802) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646505)

I remember that; it was in rec.humor in the early nineties, wasn't it? People were complaining that duplicated apples tasted of toner, and then once it accidentally fired up while a tech was working on it, duplicating his arm, which flopped around wildly until subdued by beating it with sticks.

Was a very funny article as I recall. Haven't seen it in years, though.

Re:3D copy machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646803)

Xerox. Because if anyone else made a "3D Xerox Machine" they'd get sued by Xerox for using their trademark.

Re:3D copy machine (1)

RenderSeven (938535) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647417)

Unless it was an "iXerox" then Xerox would be sued. Damned powerful letter, that 'i' is.

Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646337)

It seems to be like it's only a 2.5D scanner. Trying to scan a bowl would result in a half-sphere model.

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646519)

I'm confused. All the bowls I've encountered have been more or less half spheres...

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

buzzsawddog (1980902) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646575)

Half spheres missing a little in the middle. [sarcasm]Like your head for making this comment...[/sarcasm]

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

asylumx (881307) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646753)

I suspect the bowls you use are more than likely about half of a hollow sphere, not a solid sphere. I could be wrong.

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647827)

D'oh, you're right of course. But still, the problem lies with the scanner, not my bad choice of words.

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

buzzsawddog (1980902) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646529)

Looks like your going to need a spoon then to dig the bowl out! I recommend using a metal spoon as its will more than likely last longer than a printed spoon?

Re: Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646641)

There is no spoon

Re: Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646921)

Too bad the spoon isn't cake.

Re: Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44648291)

They really should make a sequel to that movie...

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (2)

dgatwood (11270) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646799)

It seems to be like it's only a 2.5D scanner. Trying to scan a bowl would result in a half-sphere model.

I think that might depend on how tall the bowl is. If it can see over the top, I would think that it could determine the shape of the inside, though if it only sees part of the inside, it might incorrectly make a bundt pan. :-)

That said, even assuming that it can scan the inside of such an object (and that's an absolute requirement for pretty much any of the things I'd do with something like this), I think I'll still wait for generation 2 (or 3, or 20). The things that I'd like to be able to scan all require more height than this is capable of handling—not because the object I want to produce has greater height, but because I need to replicate a portion of a real-world object, and there's no way to position that real-world object halfway through the rotating table.

They really should have put the camera on a set of vertical slides, with the ability to substitute posts of different lengths if desired (e.g. provide it with 6" posts, but offer 18" posts). It would not have increased the cost of the hardware significantly, and would have resulted in a much more useful piece of hardware. Of course, it would be even better if it had the ability to crawl vertically up those posts to reproduce the shape of more complex objects by adding vertical parallax.

Re:Expensive for a 2.5D scanner (1)

freeze128 (544774) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647109)

Simple solution - Mount the bowl on its side and scan it.

Very excited to see what is next! (1)

TinyTinaG (2822773) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646369)

This product market has such a big potential as there are so many applications that it can be used for. I am very excited to see how the product progresses as time goes on. I hope that their funding will stay on track and that those who are able to purchase the item will to support further research and development. I can't wait until it eventually trickles down for purchase to the masses so that I can get one myself!

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

firex726 (1188453) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646531)

Am looking forward to how things will progress. While I think it might be a bit much to see a printer in every home; I could see it used in businesses and other places.

Break a part on your car? Take the model to Kinkos and have one printed.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646819)

Yes, because a brittle PLA plastic replacement will totally work in most automotive applications....for about a minute.

There is EBM/DMLS (metal powder + lasers) but that's nothing you're going to buy at 'Maker-Fair', those are 3000lb industrial machines with price tags to match.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

BattleApple (956701) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647489)

Yes, because no more advances will ever be made in 3D printing, and the prices will always be prohibitively high. He also didn't say anything about buying a printer. He said go to a place like Kinko's

You can print with ABS too, which is what a lot, if not most, of the plastic used in cars.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

RenderSeven (938535) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647577)

Actually the car forums are filled with people that have made perfectly functional parts with PLA. And the things Ive printed are a lot sturdier than I would have thought. The low melting point is more of an issue. Id like to make some specialty parts for the engine compartment for my old Triumph but wont work with the heat. Still, its easy enough to prototype form/fit/function and then send it off to shapeways or imaterialize and get it back in abs/resin/aluminum/steel/ceramic. There are lots of little fiddly bits you cant get for classic cars, so a way to easily scan and reproduce would be immensely helpful.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647811)

There are lots of little fiddly bits you cant get for classic cars, so a way to easily scan and reproduce would be immensely helpful.

I quite agree. Unfortunately classic(*) cars typically don't contain all that much plastic. For iconic cars like ye old shoebox (55-57') Chevrolet you can get re-pops for pretty much everything, for an obscure Packard or a Nash, not so much, and that means hunting for yet another burned out shell to scavenge parts from, Road Warrior style.

* if ('classic' = 1970)

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648277)

<1970 that is...and may Lucas Prince of Darkness have mercy upon your soul.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (2)

RenderSeven (938535) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648411)

Lucas tried to make computers but they couldnt find a way to make them drip oil.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

WillAdams (45638) | 1 year,10 days | (#44652917)

One can instead print the parts @102% (or so) and do lost wax casting in aluminum for production oneself:

http://3dtopo.com/lostPLA/ [3dtopo.com]

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | 1 year,10 days | (#44655709)

Nice write up! I'd always wondered about that. The downside (as you mentioned) is needing to blow out the ash and slag to avoid inclusions, something that you never have to worry about with wax.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,10 days | (#44649969)

Then you still end up with brittle metal full of holes :(
Getting from powdered metal to finished tough and high strength components of the right size takes a few steps. Squeezing the stuff when hot does the trick with some aircraft engine parts and gets rid of the porosity (little holes) inherent to any powered metal fabrication process.
If you only want the equivalent of the die cast crap of the 1980s those metal powder plus laser things can do it. To do better you need extra steps.

Re:Very excited to see what is next! (1)

RandomFactor (22447) | 1 year,10 days | (#44650087)

Am looking forward to how things will progress. While I think it might be a bit much to see a printer in every home; I could see it used in businesses and other places.

I think there is a world market for about five 3d printers.

Matterform (4, Interesting)

onezan (908534) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646417)

i'm going to wait for the scanner from Matterform. http://www.matterform.net/ [matterform.net] Looks very promising at half the price.

Re:Matterform (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646889)

i'm going to wait for the scanner from Matterform.
http://www.matterform.net/ [matterform.net]
Looks very promising at half the price.

Roughly half the price for less than half the capability is not all that that compelling. Matterform only sells a 3D scanner, not a 3D scanner with a 3D printer.

Re:Matterform (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44647045)

Well, since the Digitizer doesn't include a 3D printer either, I'm pretty sure the comparison is a fair one.

Not to mention that of the limited number of scanned images posted by either company, the scans from the matterform appear to be superior.

Of course, a true head-to-head comparison needs to be done in order to be sure. I'm sure such an article will appear before the end of the year.

Office Fun (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646443)

Who's going to be the first to do the drunken office party trick equivalent of sitting on the copy machine with their pants down?

Re:Office Fun (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646783)

How fast does it scan? I can't, um, hold this pose all day.

Closed Hardware? (2)

Luthair (847766) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646461)

Didn't MarkerBot switch to a closed model for both hardware and software last year? If so, let's stop giving them free PR, they're no different than any of the other systems at this point.

Re:Closed Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646583)

Heaven forbid a company want to actually be able to pay their workers

Re:Closed Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646687)

Maybe they should have designed something themselves instead of piggybacking off of RepRap if they wanted to do that. Also, Jeff Bezos is perfectly capable of funding this himself, we don't need to pretend like this is some small company that deserves our support. There are many other 3D printing companies with comparable progress.

Re:Closed Hardware? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646609)

They did this because their printers were being cloned and cheaply/shoddily made by others. They still contribute, just not nearly as much as they would if they were open source.

They've done a lot for the 3d printing world. I think it's time to stop beating them up so much over protecting their interests and product.

Re:Closed Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646897)

No it's not. They took open source designs and closed them. That's theft. Fuck them; I will never by anything from those thieves.

And funny how they closed source right after Bezos got involved. But suuuuuure it's because they couldn't compete with the millions of knockoffs that flooded the market.

Re:Closed Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44652111)

I second this.

deja vu (0)

roc97007 (608802) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646471)

Hmm, it seems I've read that story [fantasticreviews.com] somewhere.

David Laser Scanner (3, Informative)

gr8_phk (621180) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646605)

Can't you do this almost for free with the David Laser Scanner [david-3d.com] software?

Re:David Laser Scanner (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646735)

No.

I'm pretty sure that line lasers and CCD cameras cost something - and most likely not close to approaching 'almost free' for the equivalent hardware.

That said, I agree with a previous poster about waiting for the matterform 3D scanner. The matterform appears to have superior output at less than half the price, but since Makerbot is being a bit light with the details it's difficult to judge.

I'd like to know what the resolution of the scans are. Can I easily scan a 28mm space marine and view it in all it's IP infringing glory, or am I stuck scanning garden gnomes?

I can't Waite (1)

LennyDotCom (26658) | 1 year,11 days | (#44646789)

When they combine a scanner and printer in one It would be like a Star Trek replicator!

Re:I can't Waite (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44648401)

keyword is like

Better than molding! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646813)

Because unlike Clone-a-Willy you can scale up your scanned model before you print it!

queue the (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44646949)

trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits.....

3D Tsunami (4, Interesting)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647001)

I don't think people realize the economic Tsunami that personal 3D printing technology is going to be. Right now it is equivalent to the point in a tsunami where the ocean goes out and the people run around picking up fish and marveling at the other bobbles exposed. Then the water rushes in and everything changes in a flash.

At first 3D printing is going to be a novelty where we geeks will bounce up and down in our seats every time we hit the print button. Building showerheads and whatnot for all our families.

To give a simple example of how this will end up looking when 3D manufacturing is mature take the case of Samoa. This tiny island country is damn isolated. Basically the way they earn foreign currency is coconut exports (not very efficient due to the distance), foreign aid, remittances from family abroad, tourism, and oddly enough wiring harnesses. This means that for every car part that is needed (including the whole car) Samoa has to export the equivalent value in coconuts and whatnot. Needless to say in order to live a modern life in Samoa they need to produce a huge amount which is hard when you are producing low value goods and desiring high value ones. Compare this to Germany which produces a huge surplus of very high value goods and thus has little problem importing the cheaper things (like coconuts) that they desire. But what happens when Samoa can fully produce all but the most advanced goods such as micro processors. This would massively reduce the imports of many many high value goods while not reducing the world's demand for their coconuts.

Somoa is a simple example but there are many countries around the world that are presently producing little the rest of the world wants and others that produce too much. Greece would be an example. Many African countries would also be in this situation.

This is where the economic Tsunami will end up. Countries that produce the raw materials that are required by others will either be fine or thrive. While countries that have traditionally produced high value goods but have few resources are going to find that they have a major change coming.

So in the end there will be two groups who do well. Those who produce extreme high value items such as CPUs, Touch screens, etc. And those who produce commodities that the rest of the world wants.

This is going to result in a tsunami of money moving to and from places that aren't the traditional norms.

Re:3D Tsunami (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44647067)

Won't they still have to trade lots of coconuts for the refined raw materials to "print" their high value items?

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648501)

Good point. What I foresee is a greater level of recycling; You toss the old things into a grinder and make new things from them. The other bit is that the Samoas will be more inclined to want the raw material directly, thus cutting out the country that previously turned those raw materials into higher valued goods.

Re:3D Tsunami (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44651831)

I hope you're right, but I'm a bit more pessimistic.
I forsee u *huge* increase in the already gigantic stream of plastic waste humanity produces.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the magic of a 3D printer building your previously purely virtual object in the real world, but I think it will become a problem when 3Dprinting becomes as mainstream as normal printing.

Normal printing also caused a enormous increase in paper usage/waste and that was only paper (i.e. trees).

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

freeze128 (544774) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647175)

If you try to run me over with your 3D printed plastic car, I'll shoot you with my 3D printed plastic gun.

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648599)

Laser sintering is used to make 3D metal things that are fantastically durable. All these people have been blah blahing about plastic guns when the metal ones are right around the corner.

At first I can see 3D printing being limited to fairly small objects; thus you could print all kinds of parts for a car but not the whole car. Also at first there are many parts that I suspect just won't lend themselves to 3D printing such as the finer electronics, the windows, etc. I can't see why you couldn't scale up 3D metal printing to car frame sizes. Also if you take a car apart into that which is 3D printable and that which isn't the isn't pile should be quite small. So you don't reduce imports to zero just to a small fraction of what they were. The same with many other household objects such as taps, pipes, knives, hand tools. There are some objects that in their entirety might remain resistant such as iPhones but I suspect that even some electronics will become largely 3D printable (TV remotes).

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,10 days | (#44650117)

Laser sintering is used to make 3D metal things that are fantastically durable. All these people have been blah blahing about plastic guns when the metal ones are right around the corner.

For a lot of things - fantastic, for guns not so much. Lots of little holes in the metal really sucks for gun barrels. So for the home gunsmith that just means a cheap hobby lathe, one cobbled together from 90% old sewing machine or just using lengths of forged pipe for that bit the 3D printer can't do.
You could of course use your 3D laser sintering printer to make the tools to do what the laser sintering can't do.

I suspect just won't lend themselves to 3D printing such as the finer electronics

There's a group in a university that have been printing nerve cells! Forget guns guys, print yourself a tiger on steroids :)

Re:3D Tsunami (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,11 days | (#44647207)

I don't think that there are very many objects which can be 3d printed at the current state of the art, are actually useful, and cannot be made using conventional fabrication techniques even in a very simple shop.

Although the processes involved continue to improve, the key weakness of 3d printing is that it is limited to plastic, and the two most common choices (PLA and ABS) are not particularly strong or temperature tolerant even by the standards of plastic.

I think a lot of the 3d printer hype comes from the fact that we are so far removed from actually making anything by ourselves - literally the only thing most people make for themselves anymore is food, and even that is becoming less common. It's like the silliness surround 3d printed guns - you can make a gun out of stuff from Home Depot with a hacksaw and a file that is at least as good as the current crop of 3d printed guns - but nobody even considers that anymore because the only people that make things anymore are specialists.

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

kenaaker (774785) | 1 year,11 days | (#44647459)

One of the other interesting facets of the whole area is that it isn't just a matter of having a 3D printer. If you're going to create parts for your own ideas, you have to be able to draw them. If you can't create the drawings/models, all you can do is search around for something the somebody else did and hope that it's close enough. (What's the fun in that?)

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648695)

Most people are consumers not producers. I read some statistics on reddit users (which I suspect apply to slashdot users) that a shockingly low number of reddit users vote, very few comment, and almost none post. All this with nearly 50% being registered users.

So I can't see it being any different with 3D in that I could see a 3D forum where a tiny number post original objects, a few more have constructive comments (i.e. make the bearings 20% bigger so they don't fail so fast) and some voting that they like the object. But as I said, the revolution will take place in two waves. The first is when 3D printers are common in the business world such as car repair places printing replacement parts. And then the final revolution when whole products(a whole vacuum cleaner) are printed on demand somewhere local to the consumer (potentially in their home but probably at first in some specialty place).

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

dbIII (701233) | 1 year,10 days | (#44650131)

you can make a gun out of stuff from Home Depot with a hacksaw and a file that is at least as good as the current crop of 3d printed guns

Far better than a plastic gun since the plastics used in 3D printers are not as strong as many types of wood.

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

umafuckit (2980809) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648469)

I'm not sure I see this 3-D tsunami happening. What most people want to buy are things like food, TVs, cameras, phones, cars, AC units, computers, bathtubs, toiletries, etc. These are what make "a modern life" and none of these things can be printed. 3D printing is great for one-off items (e.g printing a small replacement part at home), trinkets, prototyping and making complicated plastic parts that are hard to machine. However, it will suck for making stuff in bulk because it's slow. Forming parts with molds, for instance, will always be faster and cheaper if you're doing stuff in bulk. If you want to provide for a whole country then you're going to need to be doing it in bulk.

Re:3D Tsunami (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44650405)

Building showerheads and whatnot for all our families.

YES, YES, YES!!!

bring back the *real* shower heads.. the low flow designs mandated by the federal government (10cfr430) are horrible.. maybe some replacement parts to retrofit the shitty low flow toilets too.

so much potential, so little time before the feds outlaw 3D printing of everything.

Re:3D Tsunami (1)

Katatsumuri (1137173) | 1 year,10 days | (#44652373)

Producing plastic things that you can do with 3D printers has been no problem for decades. The machinery is expensive for home use, but quite affordable even for relatively small business. So no, I don't think this will change that much at inter-state trade level. It may change something in shopping patterns, but again - paper printers have been around for ages, and still it's not like everyone prints every printed item on them. Industrial scaling effects still apply.

Apparently they think people are idiots (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648341)

"Expectations should be realistic," the machine's FAQ page reads. "You will not be able to, for example, scan a hamburger and then eat the digital design."

Re:Apparently they think people are idiots (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | 1 year,11 days | (#44649461)

Apparently you haven't met very many people!

Inevitable (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648647)

I don't know what, but I'm pretty sure someone will figure out how to use this to do something dirty.

Re:Inevitable (1)

Daetrin (576516) | 1 year,11 days | (#44648805)

Judging from the comments above, it looks like it took them about -2 hours from the time you hit "submit."

Re:Inevitable (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44650317)

Yes and who will be the first to stick their neck out or something else to get carved up by twin lasers? Not me, I can tell you!

Why not upgrade a 3d printer to Read/Write? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44650297)

I think I'd rather capitalize on the control embodied in an existing 3D printer by adding a read head to scan an object.

New product, but not a new concept (1)

Eosha (242724) | 1 year,10 days | (#44650543)

Various forms of 3D scanners, using either light or physical probes, have been around for decades. It was a natural and simple extension of CNC technology, replacing the cutting head with a touch sensor. This product might be cheaper, or more user-friendly, or faster, but its capability is not revolutionary.

Target audience? (1)

Pallas Athena (2855215) | 1 year,10 days | (#44652371)

According to the company, the scanner is designed to be able to create a 3D model without the user having any knowledge of 3D modeling. The target audience includes ... architects, designers, creative hobbyists. Aren't these the type of people you'd expect DO have actual knowledge of 3D modeling? In fact, I'd expect this audience to, well, design something new - instead of scan-and-replicate something already existing.

Re:Target audience? (1)

WillAdams (45638) | 1 year,10 days | (#44652941)

3D modeling is a pain.

I spent ~ a week of evenings measuring and drawing up the tools (machinists' square, 3 hex keys, 8mm wrench, analog caliper, scribing point, micrometer, Starrett screwdriver, bit cases) for my milling machine and then making a file to mill it out of foam (working on a new version to do it out of wood):

http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=1797 [shapeoko.com]

But will it be 'fit for purpose'??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,10 days | (#44652541)

Given the absolute shitfight I've had getting two of their replicator2s to work reliably straight from the box I've got no interest in this 3D scanner. I think they are in clear breach of Australia's 'fit for purpose' consumer rights laws and get away with just because of their maker inclined market thinks its OK tinker with something for hours...

laptop sales (1)

ronitrai (3032949) | 1 year,5 days | (#44694919)

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