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Zeus 3D All-in-One 3D Printer Will Also Scan, Copy and Fax

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AIO 3D printer can do it all without the need for a computer.

A new 3D printer will soon be hitting Kickstarter that has an interesting twist: it's an all-in-one, meaning that it can scan, copy as well as transmit schematics from one machine to another without a separate computer.

Developed by AIO Robotics, the Zeus 3D all-in-one will have a 7-inch color touchscreen and an ARM processor that will let it operate without being connected to a PC. The onboard computer is powerful enough to process the 3D scanning data and can upload to the cloud for final 3D reconstruction.

The Zeus 3D will launch on Kickstarter on September 4. Pricing is so far unknown, but AIO Robotics did comment, "We have not finalized the pricing yet but it will be significantly cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator + Digitizer."

The Makerbot Replicators sell for $2200 to $2800, with the Digitizer only to add $1400 to that cost. Expect the Zeus 3D to be priced in the thousands rather than the hundreds.

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    deftonian , August 22, 2013 2:16 PM
    Hmmm... time to start up an adult toy store. I'll digitize my pendulum and then 3D print thousands for profit. Success.
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    notsleep , August 22, 2013 5:51 PM
    does it take 26 minutes to print a plastic comb? one hopes it can do it in 5 minutes. :p 
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    Grandmastersexsay , August 22, 2013 6:16 PM
    Why not get a used CNC milling machine and be able to work with metal in addition to PVC?
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    deftonian , August 22, 2013 7:12 PM
    @Grandmastersexsay. I keep hearing people compare 3D printing to a milling machine. Aren't they two different things? My understanding is that a 3D printer prints from scratch and a milling machine starts with a block and cuts it down... therefore wasted material when using a milling machine. Correct me if I'm wrong
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    alextheblue , August 22, 2013 9:36 PM
    deftonian: It won't do you any good unless this unit comes with a built-in "Enlarge" function.
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    dark_knight33 , August 23, 2013 1:38 AM
    @deftonian: I never would have considered it's usage as a dick zerox for me, due to it's diminutive size. Good for you that you don't let size get you down. ;)  Go ahead and digitize your junk, maybe you can sell 'em as key chains, lol.
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    Grandmastersexsay , August 23, 2013 6:01 AM
    @deftonian

    You are right except you ignore the fact that the cut material can be easily reclaimed. Some shavings take a lot of energy to recycle and reforge, such as aluminum. Plastic on the other hand is nearly effortless to remold, which is all 3D printing can work with anyway.

    For the price of this printer you could get a light duty CNC router that could handle plastic and other materials like wood, and perform other useful tasks like engraving.

    For some reason 3D printing is being pushed on us like it is some kind of technological breakthrough that will change our lives forever. That's just not the case. The only real beneficial applications of 3D printing would be with the space program where weight is at an absolute premium. Of course it might be easier to solve the weight problem with fusion or anti matter propulsion than to create a 3D printer capable of altering metalurgic properties on the fly and working on the subatomic level, that would be required of such a device.
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