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Posted: Aug 30, 2013
3D faxing with the world's first all-in-one multifunction 3D printer
(Nanowerk News) The technology startup AIO Robotics is planning to create an all-in-one 3D printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. The company is planning to begin crowdfunding the product on Kickstarter beginning September 4.
The AIO Robotics all-in-one Multifunction 3D Printer.
As the company states in a pre-announcement: "We created a 3D printer with an integrated 3D scanner. The idea is to have an all-in-one 3D printer that is capable of 3D scanning, 3D printing, 3D copying, and 3D faxing. The machine has a 7-inch color touchscreen with an on-board computer (ARM based) so the printer can totally work by itself without connection to a desktop computer. The on-board computer also handles 3D scanning data (HD camera pictures from a swiping laser) and uploads the data to the cloud for final 3D reconstruction.
"All linear components are made by CNC-machined aluminum (xyz-carrier, turntable) to ensure super rigid structure without any deforming and heat soaking. In addition, we also created an auto-bed leveling feature by integrating a Z-probe mechanism onto the extruder. This way, users don't need to calibrate the bed height at all. We will include a full API-package for developers to fully control all sensor and motors."
Although they don't have not finalized the pricing yet, the company says that it will be significantly cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator + Digitizer.