So, on to the announcement. It’s the ZCorp 350, billed as an inexpensive way to acquire “high-end functionality”. What’s “high-end”, you ask?
- automatic material loading
- snap-in binder cartridges
- integrated recycling of unused build material
- self-monitoring operation
- control from both the desktop and printer
- 0.8 in/hour (20 mm/hour) vertical build speed
- 8 x 10 x 8 in (203 x 254 x 203 mm) build size
- 300 x 450 dpi resolution
- office-safe build materials, aggressive dust-control, and zero liquid waste
Those are very useful features, particularly in a professional environment, and definite differences from the ultra-inexpensive 3D printer kits making the rounds. But there is a catch. A USD$29,500 catch.
Now that might seem like a high price for hobbyists, and it is. However, this device is not aimed at the hobbyist market. It’s for professional users in offices that today cannot afford their own 3D printer. Yes, there are 3D printers in this price range, but they don’t have the same features. And in an office environment, those features mean dollars. Without the timesaving features, someone will have to do extra work, and those minutes will add up to big savings in the long term.
[UPDATE] Commenter kyphon is correct: ZCorp does not use PolyJet – that’s Objet’s multi-material technology. We suspect someone left the resin out at the Fabbaloo offices and we must have inhaled deeply. Sigh.