April 27, 2013
The New York based software development company botObjects has just announced the ProDesk3D, a full-color desktop 3D printer. If this had been launched on the 1st April it would have been a good April fools. According to its website, the ProDesk3D is the first 3D desktop printer to offer true full color printing for home and business.
botObjects' co-founders, Mike Duma (CTO) and Martin Warner (CEO) claim that "Just like normal ink printers, the ProDesk3D uses its proprietary 5-colour PLA cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors to generate the colors of choice for the object you wish to print."
Other features according to the founders:
1. The ProDesk3D delivers a PVA-based Support Material via a Dual-Extruder head which dissolves easily in warm water.
2. The ProDesk3D features fast automatic set-up with self-calibrating build platform, just like normal ink printers and it arrives out-of-box complete. - "Plug it into the mains, quick auto software download, insert your cartridges in seconds, and load up your 3D design and print it!"
3. The printer will be capable of printing down to 25 microns (0.025mm) using PLA and PVA support materials. It is also capable of printing ABS material.
4. The ProDesk3D delivers a unique proprietary based tri-fan system to ensure consistency of airflow within the enclosed casing.
5. The ProDesk3D has a professional look - (sort of Form 1 design) with a safe anodized aluminum casing.
6. The printer comes with a botObjects' own software ProModel that users could load 3D designs and start printing in just a few clicks.
7. Build area is 275x275x300mm.
Other technical specifications as well as images of a full colour print are not yet revealed but it is expected the ProDesk3D will be launched in June. But how will they get around the Stratasys patents on this? We all hope the ProDesk3D could make it to the market soon. Stay tuned!
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Hansaplastique wrote at 5/23/2013 9:18:10 PM:
Pricing: http://botobjects.com/prices Somewhere in the $2800 - $3800 range depending on the model and when you order. I'm skeptical as well ...
taulman wrote at 4/30/2013 6:33:05 AM:
I recall seeing this done for the Military a while ago. 2-3 years, maybe.. It was done with ABS and to accommodate quick color transitions, it was using ~.5mm dia line. CMYK/White. Results were ok, but there was still a bit of blur in transitions. I believe the vendor was heading to a ~ .3mm line to clean it up. They also used a "cartridge". Actually a pre-extruder of sorts. The super small line gave them incredible resolution. Of course, a non-standard line means you're "buying in" to a fixed consumable. Regardless, I wish them all the success.
iheliboard wrote at 4/30/2013 2:18:11 AM:
Mike Duma (CTO) and Martin Warner (CEO) are currently cofounders of this company which announced opening offices in NY Feb of 2013. www.7elevation.com They both have other numerous irons in the fire including a film company: http://www.martinwarner.com/ http://www.mikeduma.com/about-me/ http://www.cabofilms.com/about.html With all of these other current activities I wonder when they have had time to develop the breakthrough product they claim? https://twitter.com/botObjects/status/326746087350206465/photo/1 Look forward to more in June!
curmudeon wrote at 4/28/2013 3:30:29 PM:
This has got to be a late April fools scam. How are they going to get 0.025mm layer heights with PLA?
Skeptical wrote at 4/28/2013 3:57:58 AM:
Not a single image of a printed object on their site...
CornGolem wrote at 4/28/2013 2:22:49 AM:
If they mix colored plastic to get a new hue and not white plastic with a pigment then I'm curious to know how it works.
JD90 wrote at 4/27/2013 11:13:18 PM:
It looks like they're selling a rendering. They don't even show sample prints, a prototype machine, either built or operational, prototype software, it's just a bunch of renderings and claims.
Anon wrote at 4/27/2013 2:28:15 PM:
Wish I had one or two more pieces of info on this printer: 1) Rough cost per unit. Are we talking $3000, or $7,000 here? 2) What kind of repeatability and quality are we talking about? You'll notice that there's no sample photos of their multi-colored prints, no sample photos of their layer-stacking and repeatability, and so forth. I look forward to seeing their results, but until then, I worry this is vaporware.