Today, XYZprinting began shipping its da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3-D printer plus scanner, the first-to-market combo unit available for purchase in the U.S. market. The da Vinci 1.0 AiO boasts a simplified printing process and consumer-friendly price point, thereby reducing the barrier to entry to 3-D printing.
Features of the 3-D printer include built-in hi-res scanning that scans objects with an industrial grade 0.5mm resolution in minutes, a build size that prints items at 7.8 inches by 7.8 inches by 7.8 inches, and a minimal number of required steps to go from scanning to printing. In addition, any scanned item can instantly be saved as a design that can be replicated in the future or shared with others.
When objects are placed inside the da Vinci 1.0 AiO, XYZprinting’s proprietary software scans it, and provides a sandbox interface through which the object can be rotated or adjusted in size. Users can add more objects, and the scanner will automatically make all of them fit the printer space.
The past year has seen a number of toy innovations involving 3-D printing. In July, Hasbro Inc. and Shapeways partnered up for SuperFanArt, a web site that lets fans sell 3-D printed designs based on Hasbro brands. Meanwhile, in February, Spin Master began offering an open source 3-D file, which makers could download and print using a 3-D printer, for part of its Air Hogs Heli Cage Armored Edition.
XYZprinting, a San Francisco-based company, hosts its own online community. There, users can share and download each other’s 3-D projects.
The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is fully calibrated out of the box, and includes a wire brush and poker to clean excess resin from the extruder, which is recommended after every 25 hours of printing. XYZprinting’s latest 3-D printer utilizes the same acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin cartridges as previous models in the series.