Lots of 3D printers have been passing our radar, but the printers we’ve been writing about were all just 3D printers. If you wanted to scan something or use laser, you had to use a different kind of equipment. The FLUX project therefore is interesting, because the new FLUX printer is a 3D printer, but a scanner and a laser engraver as well. The 3D printer is currently on Kickstarter and it has already been funded for more than 500,000 dollars, while it’s initial goal was to raise 100,000 dollars. Great days for the Taiwanese team behind FLUX.
So what does this printer do? Well, this multi-functional 3D printer combines several techniques. At first, there is FDM 3D printing technology, but the interesting thing is that it combines this technology with 3D scanning and laser-cutting. This is an all-in-one model. We don’t know how they did it, but the Taiwanese team managed to produce a consumer 3D printer, by pricing it at just 899 dollars.
The printer has interchangeable modules, which can be integrated into the machine. The benefit of these modules is that they enable users to easily combine several tools. There is a basic model with a built-in 3D scanner and the first interchangeable module is a laser engraver. With such possibilities, the FLUX printer can not just print, but copy and laser as well. This helps users to become more creative, and to easily create the object they want to make.
This all-in-one printer will be on Kickstarter until 21 December. With such machines being added to the market, you could almost say regular 3D scanning apps for iPads and iPhones could become unnecessary. We, however, think such an assertion would be an exaggeration, because 3D scanning apps can still be very useful in lots of cases. Imagine this: you won’t take your printer with you in your bag every day, but there is a good change you will take your iPad with you. In other words: scanning where-ever you want is something you can do with the apps on your iPad and FLUX shows the world that future consumer 3D printers will be scanning devices as well.
Image credits: FLUX.