Technology is advancing at a very swift pace today. This advancement in field of 3D printing has come up with a fist-of-its-kind 3D printer cum scanner. Blacksmith Group startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched the World's first compact 3D printer cum scanner at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, California. This compact 3D printer cum scanner is named as Blacksmith Genesis.
Created in Singapore with the help of a crowd-funding campaign, the 3D printer cum scanner which costs around $2,200 with a flat rate of US $150 for shipping to 70 countries worldwide, can scan any item, allows its user to edit it on the PC and print it on 3D. On the launch, Lester Kok, assistant manager of NTU's Corporate Communications Office, quoted as saying, “Most 3D printers sold on the market now are not really user-friendly as their 3D models and blueprints usually have to be designed from scratch on the computer, but Blacksmith Genesis doesn't require much knowledge of 3D software.”
Blacksmith Genesis uses an advanced rotary platform for its scanning and printing. This orbiting platform allows for literal 360-degrees scanning, and can print items up to 6,650 cubic cm, double the size of those printed by other like-sized 3D printers available in the market.
With a precise resolution of 50 micrometres, the recreations will be twice detailed as compared to other compact 3D printers. Also, its five megapixel camera takes only six minutes in scanning items which is twice the speed of any other 3D scanners.
Yet another unique feature of this 3D printer cum scanner is its remote live monitoring and automatic error detection with the help of an in-built camera. Users can also supervise the printing process on their smartphone from anywhere in the world through an internet connection, and can command the printer whether to start or stop printing at any time.
In addition to above features, Blacksmith Genesis weighs 6 kilograms and is studded with a 2-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi, an integrated SD-card reader and a USB connection for instant printing.
In the recent times, we have seen some major changes in the shape of 3D printing. From Printing’s 3D printer that can create cookies to HP’s very own Multi Jet Fusion Technology, 3D printing is all set to be the biggest reason of war among the companies mastered with technology products. We are hopeful that Blacksmith Genesis will add more of positive fuel to it.