Feb. 16, 2015

Nanyang Technological University's (NTU Singapore) start-up Blacksmith Group launched its all-in-one 3D printer last weekend at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

Named the Blacksmith Genesis, this 3D printer was financed through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last August, raising over US$80,000. It is funded by the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Jump-start and Mentor programme (i.JAM), and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore.

Housed in a black aluminium casing, Blacksmith Genesis uses an rotary platform for its printing and scanning. This patent-pending revolving platform allows for 360-degrees scanning, and can print items up to 6,650 cm3 (about 6.5 litres).

Blacksmith Genesis 3D printer also features a fine resolution of 50 mm. Scanning of objects is also very fast - according to the company, "scanning of objects with its 5 megapixel camera takes only 6 minutes, twice as fast as other 3D scanners in the market."

Blacksmith Genesis also features remote live monitoring and automatic error detection thanks to its in-built camera. This allows users to monitor and control the printing process on their smartphone from anywhere in the world through the Internet.

Additionally the device comes with a 2-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi, an integrated SD-card reader and a USB connection for instant printing.

The device is the brainchild of Blacksmith Group's founders, NTU engineering graduate Dr Alex Pui Tze Sian and Mr Fang Kok Boon.

"We designed Blacksmith Genesis with the average hobbyist in mind," says Mr Fang, CEO of Blacksmith Group. "With our device, 3D printing will be fuss-free as users won't need to design an original work from scratch as they can just use our Blacksmith Sorcerer 3D software. By scanning any physical item, they can immediately copy and print the item or use the digitised object as a base to form their own 3D object."

Mr Mark Reilly, a resident of Iowa in the United States, will be the first customer to receive the Blacksmith Genesis.

Mr Reilly said he liked the fact that Blacksmith Genesis was an all-in-one unit, which meant he did not need to purchase multiple items to get all the features he wanted such as printing, scanning and copying.

"I think it is cool that I can copy a two-inch item and scale it up to five-inches or vice versa," explained Mr Reilly.

The Blacksmith Genesis was presented to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Official Opening of JTC Launchpad @ one-north.

The first batch is now ready to be shipped out in March to early adopters who supported Blacksmith Group's crowdfunding campaign. The Blacksmith Genesis is now available for pre-order online at the price of US$2,200, with a flat rate of USD$150 for shipping to 70 countries. The 3D printers will be shipping in June 2015.



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