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3D Printer and Scanner in One

Gizmodo Australia reports, “The idea is simple: Put an object in, scan it, then print out a replica. It’s easy to imagine just how incredibly transformative a device like this could be. Picture being able to replace a broken part in a few hours from your own home. Or being able to scan a gadget you already own and improve on it yourself. You could scan and send a prototype to a friend across the country, and they’d be able to print it out or edit it themselves — then send it back to you for printing.

XYZ is a one-year-old Taiwanese company that has found a niche in offering 3D printers at bargain-basement prices ($US500 for a one-colour model). But today, the company is launching its ambitious next step: The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO — or All-in-One. For $US800, you get the bones of XYZ’s Da Vinci 1.0 model 3D printer, which prints one colour of ABS or PLA filament on a bed that can fit objects up to 6 inches by 6 inches. But in addition to the printer, the AiO includes laser scanner at its base that lets it record and digitise objects as well as print them.”

The review concludes it’s a toy at best.


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