A desktop fabrication factory for $5000
The Desktop Factory 3D printer, which has a list price of $4,995, uses an inexpensive halogen light source and drum printing technology to build robust parts layer by layer from composite plastic powder. The cost of the build material is expected to be about $1 per cubic inch. The maximum build volume of the initial product will be 5 x 5 x 5 inches. The thickness of each layer is 0.010 inch.
Next Engine has a $2495 3d scanner with 0.005 inch accuracy
Canon will have a $9900 V-flash desktop modeler.
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