The world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items, creating their digitized models, has been unveiled in the US. The $2,200 device, created in Singapore with the help of a crowdfunding campaign, doesn’t require much knowledge of 3D software.
Blacksmith Group start-up at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU Singapore) launched the world’s first compact 3D printer-cum-scanner at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, California on Saturday.
The all-in-one device, named the Blacksmith Genesis, lets users scan any item, edit the digitized model on the computer and print it out in 3D. Its production was financed through a successful crowdfunding campaign, that raised $80,000, and its US supporters will be able to get it as early as March.