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$25,900 3D Copier Makes Real Objects

Z Corporation today revealed the first automated, monochrome 3D printer, costing consumers a whopping $29,500 USD. The monster of a machine takes normal copying to a different level by creating actual objects up to 8 x 10 x 8 inches in size. While the new ZPrinter 350 definitely isn't a Replicator capable or recreating a cup of tea or a Klingon's favorite dish, this new device is certainly a step in the right direction.

So why would anyone need a 3D printer? Engineers would put it to good use, making a physical copy of a current prototype before going back to the drawing board to modify the original. Although the ZPrinter 350 only provides one color (white), consumers can preserve complex geometries and intricate details before making alterations. It's like making copies of a virtual model before applying the textures.

“The ZPrinter 350 gives a lot more engineering departments access to advanced 3D printing technology at a value price,” said Z Corporation CEO John Kawola. “ZPrinting is going to improve the quality of their products, speed their development processes, and ultimately help the bottom line.”

The company said that the new 3D printer uses snap-in binder cartridges, and will recycle the unused, office-safe building materials. However don't expect the machine to magically create the copy in mere seconds: the 3D copier has a vertical build speed of .08-inches per hour.

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • ubernoobie
    omfg, you can make like, fake graphic cards now?
  • dzeric
    Now mod it with a way to destroy the original object and you have yourself a short range transporter!
  • mlcloud
    Haven't toy makers, 3d-model makers been using this sort of thing for a *long* time now?
  • xaira
    thats really kool, does it like skulpt the copy out of one solid block of material
  • ssalim
    No I dont think it makes a real working object, it's just a copy. Also the time it takes is not worth consumer items.
  • Uncle Meat
  • cdillon
    There's nothing really new or exciting about this even though they're claiming a "first". 3D printers have been around for at least 10 years now.
  • mavroxur
    I wanna sit my ass on that copier. Much more "funny" factor than black & white butt prints.
  • hunter315
    How is this different from a currently existing rapid prototyper? It will also have trouble scanning into recesses in an object so it probably comes out less useful than just using a rapid prototyper that they already have.
  • 1ce
    Yeah, additive maching machines, rapid prototpying, 3D printing, whatever you want to call it, has been around for quite some time. All they've done here is add a 3D scanner.....and 3D scanners aren't new either. Like hunter315 said scanning into recesses or areas with shadows will be a limitation.