3D Printing is a bold new technology. It promises a world where your mechanic can fix your car with a 3D printer to create the parts required rather than making you wait a month of Sundays. Of course, we are still on the road to such a world. We in Sri Lanka are also on this road, with companies like 3D Concept Studio offering 3D printing as a service and RCS2 Technologies building 3D printers in Sri Lanka. But now there’s a new player in town with XYZprinting thanks to John Keells.
Who is XYZprinting?
XYZprinting was founded in 2013 by Taiwanese electronics conglomerate New Kinpo. Its goal is to integrate 3D printing into our offices, schools, and homes for use in daily life. Having signed a partnership with John Keells Office Automation, XYZprinting will be introducing its printers to the Sri Lankan market.
Commenting this partnership, Dinukshi Kirthisinghe – Product Manager at John Keells Office Automation said, “The introduction of the innovative XYZprinting 3D printer brand to Sri Lanka is a landmark event, enabling new horizons to open up for the local industry. Whatever preconceived notions you had about the capabilities of printers to date, be prepared for them to be shattered. With XYZprinting products, you now have a whole new, boundless world of creativity accessible to you.”
Which products of XYZprinting are we going to see?
The initial line-up that XYZprinting is bringing to Sri Lanka thanks to its partnership with John Keells includes a wide variety of their products. These products are aimed at both curious beginners and experienced makers of 3D Printing.
The da Vinci Pen
The first of these devices is the da Vinci 3D Pen. This is a pen that allows you to create 3D objects without using a computer. Like a normal pen, you can move it across surfaces and upwards to create 3D objects. As you move the pen, it releases a plastic filament that allows you to create 3D objects. Think of it like a paintbrush, but one that allows you create drawings in 3D.
The 3D Scanner Pro
The second of these devices is the 3D Scanner Pro. As you might have guessed, this is a scanner that allows you to scan actual objects by moving it around the desired object. Once you’ve scanned the object, it creates a 3D model of the object. Afterwards, you can view this 3D model on your computer and edit it before 3D printing a replica.
The da Vinci Color
As its name suggests, this is a 3D Printer that allows you to print in color. This is XYZprinting’s first FFF desktop 3D printer. It uses a combination of inkjet and 3D printing technology, which has been patented by XYZprinting. This combination allows the da Vinci Color to create 3D objects in color.
The da Vinci miniMaker and Mini WiFi
The daVinici miniMaker and Mini WiFi are 3D printers with a lot in common. These 3D printers are introductory ones aimed at beginners. Both of them are compact and designed to work with minimal setup the moment you take them out of the box. The only difference between the two is that the da Vinci Mini WiFi allows you to connect to it and start printing over WiFi.
The daVinici 1.0A and daVinici 2.0A Duo
These are the intermediate 3D printers by XYZprinting, which are aimed at professionals. Both printers have much in common, that they could almost be considered twins. However, the daVinici 2.0A Duo as has two print heads, unlike its younger brother. This allows the 2.0A Duo to print 3D objects using two materials or colors at the same time.
The Nobel 1.0A and Nobel Superfine
Finally, the Nobel 3D printers. These aren’t aimed at beginners. These are powerful 3D printers aimed at experienced professionals. These printers utilize a variety of resin along with advanced software and lasers. This combination allows the Nobel 3D printers to create objects of extremely high resolutions and accuracy. As such, one of their popular applications is the creation of jewelry.
What does this mean for the local 3D printing?
At the moment it means more options. There are more options available for anybody interested in 3D printing. Will it bring us closer to a world where a mechanic can readily 3D print the parts you need? That depends on how the options are utilized to reduce the cost of 3D printing. Until then, you’re likely going to have to take an Uber or PickMe until your car is fixed.
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