The 3D printer maket is brutal. Many people have tried to designed their own 3D printer, and launch them through crowdfunding campaigns, but the rate is failure is very high, and some cases, scams are also reported. When I covered BlackSmith Genesis 3D Printer, Scanner and Copier in 2015, I was hopeful it would become successful, as it solves one the main problem with 3D printing: the high skill sets required to operate the device as it would just operate as a 3D copier. Place the object inside the 3D printer, press copy, and a few minutes or hours later, you get a copy of the object without having to learn about 3D design or G-code format. But today, I noticed the website account at expired, and the 3D copier was nowhere to be found, so it looks like another failure. Around the same time in 2015, another company called AIO Robotics launched Zeus 3D printer, scanner and editor, and I re-discover the printer through a blog post on Tindie. A good sign since it means the company survived for at least 2 years, and should have a working business model.
- 3D Scanner
- Technology – Swiping Laser Triangulation
- Volume – 22.86mm diameter x 11.18 mm height
- Resolution – 150 μm in Color
- 3D Printer
- Technology – Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
- Volume – 20.32 mm x 15.24 mm x 14.48 mm
- Resolution – 80 μm, 120 μm, 200 μm
- Filament System – Non-proprietary, 1.75 mm diameter
- Safety Feature – Kensington Lock Slot
- On-board Storage – 8 GB eMMC or 16 GB Micro-SD slot
- Connectivity – USB Stick, Direct Wireless
- Processor – Quad core processor @ 1.7 GHz
- Touchscreen Size – 7″ Capacitive Color Touchscreen to view and edit models
- Shipping Size & Weight – ~ 66 x cm x 53.3 cm x 50.8 cm, 26.3 kg
The mode of operation is very simple. Insert you object in the 3D printer to start the scan, edit it if needed (e.g. zoom in/out), and print it. This is summarize in the video (no audio) below.
Zeus All-in-One 3D printer sells for $2,499 on Tindie, $2,237.37 on Amazon US, where you’ll also find usually positive user reviews, but many not from “verified purchases”, and some other reviewers mention several issues including low success while printing (80% fails) due to the filament breaking, while scan is OK as long as you calibrate the device, and cover the object with white powder (e.g. flour, talc, …) before scanning.
You’ll find more details about the device on AIO Robotics Zeus microsite.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.