Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The ZPrinter 450

Wow, now this is just amazing. Can't believe I'm just hearing about it now.

The ZPrinter 450, probably the most user-friendly rapid prototyper to date. It's still a long way from real desktop manufacturing. It can't print off its own parts and, worse, can work only with very specialized feedstock, thus limiting it to making non-functional models and toys rather than actual technology.

Still, it's a step in the right direction. My prediction for this company, though, is that they'll do well enough but not for too long ... they're so early in the game, their product still such a comparatively primitive piece of technology, that they'll get sidelined by some later competitor, like a working reprap.

Once that's out, it won't take long at all for today's ZPrinter to evolve (literally) into tomorrow's nanofactory.

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