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BotObjects Announces First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer 29

Posted by timothy
from the print-me-some-soft-food dept.
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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  • by ZephyrXero (750822) <{moc.oohay} {ta} {orexryhpez}> on Thursday May 02, 2013 @09:42AM (#43609051) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, I thought that was weird too. Every other 3D printer company I've seen was more than happy to show some examples of what they can make. I'm gonna consider this vaporware for now...
  • by nimbius (983462) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @10:17AM (#43609541) Homepage
    but seriously, you dont pander your product by pissing on something here at slashdot we know and love.

    aiming to put clear water between the ProDesk3D and its "kit-like contemporaries."

    i get it, "we're open (for business) and your little open source ideas are cute but dwarfed immeasurably by THE PRODUCT." Heres a hint. SCO tried this, Microsoft tried this, SUN tried this, and they all found out the competitive, more readily established 'kit-like contemporaries' called Linux eventually became an industry leading Juggernaut while their ProSuperUltraEnterprise offering became the lock-in standard for reverse engineering, assimilation and deprecation.

  • Vapourware (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 02, 2013 @10:28AM (#43609679)

    So we have computer generated images of the printer.
    No images of prints.
    No images of the device proper
    No cost
    No details on the 'cartridge system'
    No price
    No details on the internal mechanics (Either say 'based on the reprap pro' or say 'entirely new guide/position system')
    Claiming capabilities and qualities far beyond what the most advanced/expensive devices on the market can claim

    I can't smell anything, so I'm suspecting vapourware.

  • good idea. not (Score:4, Insightful)

    by capsteve (4595) on Thursday May 02, 2013 @11:09AM (#43610201) Homepage Journal
    full color printing, or multicolor printing? i suspect that this printer is multicolor. and i call bullshit
    color printing(ink on paper) has been around for centuries, but was a selective process, applying color to discreet areas(initial caps, image insert pages). and it was a costly and time consuming process. true full color printing which was reporoducable at scale was when chromolithography and color separation process was refined. it was the advances of the halftone screening process that really propelled color printing to enter the mainstream.

    3d printing is more complex the its flatland brother, since halftone color process might not be a viable solution to rendering color hues(maybe with multiple hotends). 3d printing is also complicated by the fact that your printing substrate is the "ink" you are using. i've been mulling over 3d printing in color, and my opinion is 6-7 colored filaments, not 5. CMYK+white for color spectrum mixing, grey(cause it's cheaper and faster than mixing expensive pigments) to also be used for infill, and a brittle rafting material.

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