ZMorph, the makers of a multi-tool machine which features 3D printing capabilities via their ZMorph 2.0 S Personal Fabricator, has unveiled the latest addition to their versatile device, the 3D Scanner.
The company says this scanner tool head makes it possible not only to replicate real objects, but to edit and redesign those objects once scanned to reverse engineer them. The ZMorph removable and interchangeable toolheads allow the user to print in a range of materials, and with the introduction of the 3D Scanner, users can “quickly and easily” digitize objects using the small rotary table to scan an object at any angle.
The premiere of the device is taking place at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, and the process as well as its software is simple, fully automated and takes just seven minutes to scan an object. ZMorph says the 3D Scanner can capture small and medium-sized objects using a set of lasers and a dedicated plugin through their Voxelizer software. Objects up to 30x30x30 cm can be scanned to a resolution of 0.1-0.5mm, and the system features what they call “self-healing and geometry” for the resulting files following a scan.
“Our device not only provides accurate 3D print quality, but also supports the user in the proper preparation of the model,” Jaworski says. “The Voxelizer software identifies parts of the object, which may be susceptible to destruction after printing and automatically recommends strengthening the sensitive areas of design. Thanks to special algorithms, filters can be apply to modify the smoothness, thickness and ‘slimness‘ which is important in strengthening, or speeding up of the printing process.”
Jaworski says The ZMorph 3D Scanner allows designers to refine prototype models, architects and engineers to print mock-ups and will assist doctors in preparing medical models to guide them during complicated procedures.
The device can copy 3D objects in real size, and Jaworski says it can be used to create everything from spare parts for vehicles, digitization prototypes and for duplicating museum objects. He adds that the resulting files can be used to print objects with other 3D printers as well.
“It allows your 3D printer to be something really special, it becomes your personal fabricator, a mini factory that can work in almost every workshop, office or home,” Jaworski says. “With the latest advances of toolheads, the 3D printer is changed from a useful device into a truly multi-functional machine, able to work with many materials and techniques, additive and subtractive.”
Zmorph says the 3D Scanner tool head module will be available in June 2015.
Jaworski adds that the ZMorph 3D printers can, via their swappable tool heads, print with all types of plastics, ceramics, rubber, nylon and chocolate, and the 3D milling capability is controlled via the company’s Voxelizer dedicated software. The printer features a build envelope of 250 x 235 x 165 mm, is compatible with 1.75 and 3mm filaments and has available toolheads which allow it to mill, laser cut and now, 3D scan.
The ZMorph 2.0 S Personal Fabricator is priced at approximately $1,800, and the3D Scanner toolhead can be pre-ordered for around $570 through the ZMorph website.
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