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BotObjects Announces First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer 29

Zothecula writes "In the ProDesk3D, 3D printing outfit botObjects has come up with not only the first full color desktop 3D printer, but thanks to its anodized aluminum body, unquestionably one of the prettiest. The company's goal was to think about how 3D printers might look in 5 years, aiming to put clear water between the ProDesk3D and its "kit-like contemporaries." To print in color, it uses a cartridge system capable of mixing five base colors of PLA."
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BotObjects Announces First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer

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  • No Print Images? (Score:5, Informative)

    by jesseck (942036) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @09:37AM (#43608983)
    I checked out the article and website, but there are not pictures of parts printed with the system. Was there no proof-of-concept, just a few photoshopped or empty shells made for these product images? On the other hand, it does look nice, although with 3D Printing looks don't matter that much.
  • Re:No Print Images? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Barryke (772876) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @09:41AM (#43609035) Homepage

    Yup. I guess its a slashvertisement.

  • Can't buy one (Score:4, Informative)

    by IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @09:52AM (#43609197) Homepage Journal

    At least not yet, best you can do is click on a link to "register your interest"
    What's next? a kickstarter campaign?
    Vapourware/slashvertisement of the worst kind.

  • by JaredOfEuropa (526365) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @10:24AM (#43609623) Journal
    Yes. Anything for which no off-the-shelf equivalent exists: replacement parts, prototypes, components for my own projects, objets d'art, etc. Printing at home is still something for the 3d printing enthusiast, but there are fablabs that will print high quality parts in plastic or metal and mail them, at attractive prices.
  • "Proprietary" (Score:5, Informative)

    by chill (34294) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @10:33AM (#43609733) Journal

    A clue for the people posting these Slashvertisements. The use of the word "proprietary" may get the venture capitalists knickers all moist, but it sets off all sorts of alarms when trying to sell a product to an end-user. (Not including clueless CIOs reading Gartner reports.)

    "Proprietary" translated to end-user speak means "once you buy this we have you by the balls. You're locked in to buying our over-priced, exclusive consumables until you swallow your pride, admit your mistake and dump our product. With luck, that time will never come to pass as we'll be dug in deeper than a starving deer tick. Bend over and grab your ankles."

    For examples, please see Oracle and Microsoft.

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