It could be trend: all-in-one 3D printer/scanner devices seem to pop up daily this week. We're looking at Radiant Fabrication's Lionhead device, which boasts 3D printing and scanning functionality.
Radiant Fabrication's strategy seems to be simplification. They believe more sales are possible if machine use is easy for use by general consumers, embodied by their "one touch" approach. Scanning is apparently as simple as placing an object in the chamber and pressing the scan button. Similarly, 3D printing is done by hitting a button.
The Lionhead is accompanied by Radiant Li, their 3D modeling software solution. It uses a minecraft-like voxel-based approach that has proven to be usable by the masses. This software would be used to finalized scans captured by the Lionhead.
We have little to tell you regarding the specifications of this mystery machine, other than they apparently include four printheads, implying they can print support material and several colors. The machine is said to cost USD$1,649, which seems to be very low for an assembled, four-headed scanner/printer combo. We will watch their launch campaign closely.