On the growing 3D printer market, there are only a few machines that really stand out for their innovative design, satisfactory performance and versatility, and Genesis 3D Printer by the young Singapore-based company Blacksmith promises to join the list of high-ranking multipurpose 3D printing crowd. Combining a rotary 3D printer, 3D scanner and copier in one super-smart device, the recently unveiled Genesis is currently conducting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, so if you’re looking for a versatile printer-come-scanner and copier, this one’s well-worth checking out.
“While most 3D printers use an inflexible Cartesian platform, the Blacksmith Genesis uses a rotating platform, similar to how a record player plays. This efficient mechanical design halves the distance that the extruder needs to move, making Blacksmith Genesis more compact than traditional 3D printer designs while still being able to print large objects. This feature also makes it perfect for integrating 3D scanning,” says theBlacksmith team of designers and engineers behind Genesis.
So, besides its extraordinary all-in-one design, what else sets Genesis above the rest of the printing/scanning crowd out there? Well, for starters, Genesis features a revolutionary rotary print bed with the build plate rotating in a clockwise fashion, thus allowing the extruder to deposit filament with considerably higher efficiency and speed while claiming a smaller spatial footprint compared to regular Cartesian platform printers and delta robot printing platforms. On top of that, the Blacksmith engineering team decided to throw in an extra camera which monitors the 3D printing process and provides automatic error detection so you need not worry about printing output ending up skewed and faulty. The Genesis printer comes with a companion application for remote monitoring that allows you to check the printing procedure off-site over your smartphone, which translates as full control of your Genesis 3D printout, any time, anywhere, and also instantaneous printing termination by a simple click of a button without having to be in the same room as your 3D printer.
Another useful feature of Blacksmith Genesis is its Blacksmith Sorcerer software which allows you to scan an object, modify it and create something completely new even without extensive 3D printing knowledge. When fitted with an SD card containing compatible (.stl and .obj) files, Genesis can even work as a standalone printer thanks to its integrated LCD monitor without the need to connect it to your PC. When used with computer connection, Genesis runs a web-based software that allows you to scan, change and print objects with 50-200 microns print resolution.
Output-wise, Genesis sports a considerable build volume of 6,650 cubic centimeters, which is rather impressive considering the slight size of the printer itself (Genesis measures 350 by 250 millimeters, with 57% of effective printing area). Thanks to its unique cylindrical design and slender build, the sleek-looking Genesis can be used either for home or office purposes. Below is the list of some more Blacksmith Genesis specs:
- Technology: FDM on a Rotary Platform
- Build Size: 23 cm / 9.1 inch Diameter, 16 cm / 6.3 inch
- Layer Resolution: 50-200 microns
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
- Filament Size/Type: 1.75mm PLA
- Technology: Laser Trangulation, 3.1 MP CMOS Image Sensor
- Scan Speed: Around 6 Minutes
- Scan Size: 23 cm / 9.1 inch Diameter, 16 cm / 6.3 inch Height
- Steps Per Rotation: 1200
- Machine Weight: 10 kg – 22 lbs
- Machine Dimensions: 35 (L) x 25 (W) x 41 (H) cm – 13.8 x 9.8 x 16.1 inch
- Software: Blacksmith Sorcerer
- Connectivity: USB, SD Card, Wi-Fi (future development)
All in all, Blacksmith Genesis does everything you might ever need it to do: 3D printing, 3D scanning, copying, you name it – this little guy truly packs it all in one stylish and compact desktop-sized device. The first deliveries are expected in February and March 2015, so make sure you order your new ultra-versatile all-in-one 3D printer/scanner/copier as soon as you’ve read this review. Expand your printing and scanning horizons; go Genesis. [via]
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