3D Faxing: The Natural Evolution of 3D Printing?

We’ve already heard a lot about 3D printing. But what about 3D faxing?

The technology startup AIO Robotics is planning to create an all-in-one 3D printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. The company is planning to begin crowdfunding the product on Kickstarter beginning September 4.

AIO Robotics has released two digital renderings of the product on RepRap, a forum for 3D printing and tech enthusiasts.

On the forum, the startup mentions that the “machine has a 7-inch color touchscreen with an on-board computer (ARM based),” meaning that the printer can work independently from a desktop computer.

Furthermore, “the on-board computer also handles 3D scanning data (HD camera pictures from a swiping laser) and uploads the data to the cloud for final 3D reconstruction,” AIO Robotics writes, indicating that the device will need an Internet connection in order to work properly.

Although the company hasn’t set a price yet, they state that “it will be significantly cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator and Digitizer,” which refers to Makerbot’s 3D printing and scanning technology combo, currently going for almost $3,000. Makerbot also doesn’t include a fax machine.

What do you think of the possibility of 3D faxing? Will you pre-order AIO Robotics’ machine when it launches its Kickstarter? Watch the video above and let us know in the comments, below.

Homepage image: AIO Robotics


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