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The prices of 3D printers have been slowly coming down The 3D Printing Revolution Leaps Ever Closer to Consumer Level The 3D Printing Revolution Leaps Ever Closer to Consumer Level 3D printers have been a reality for some time now, but if we're honest the majority of them are - let's say - for hobbyists. Although it's very impressive and meta to say that one... Read More , but even then the cheapest so far have been around the $500 mark. Canada-based inventor Rylan Grayston has hit upon a new formula that dramatically cuts the price, enabling him to make the world’s first $100 3D printer. And what’s more, the Peachy Printer doubles up as a 3D scanner when attached to any normal digital camera.

Already, the Peachy Printer has blown past its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 and is at over $350,000 at the time of writing. The hand-sized cubic device needs to be connected to external apparatus in its kit, as well as a computer.

The base kit for $100 (with $20 shipping outside Canada) requires assembly, although Grayston says that takes only an hour to do and doesn’t require any engineering knowledge. For $400 or more, you get a fully assembled Peachy Printer kit. Say what you want, but this is still far cheaper than the DIY 3D printers that cost around $1000 Two 3D Printers You Can Make Yourself For Around $1,000 Two 3D Printers You Can Make Yourself For Around $1,000 Read More .

To make the price so low, Grayston had to break the mould and do something different to how traditional 3D printers work What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work? What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work? Imagine if you could print out three-dimensional objects straight from a printer in your home. When I was a kid in primary school, I thought it would be awesome if I could print pizzas out... Read More . The full science behind Peachy Printer and its apparatus is too long to explain in a blog post, so here’s Grayston elaborating on it in a video:

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The 3D object is made out of resin, a small amount of which is packaged with the kit. Peachy Printer doesn’t think the resin will be too expensive as it notes the blue cube in the picture above costs 10 cents worth of resin to print.

As mentioned earlier, Peachy Printer also acts as a 3D scanner if you hook it up with a digital camera (anything from a webcam to a DSLR). Peachy emits a laser that scans the object while the Blender plugin uses smart algorithms to decode it as a 3D model.

The Peachy project is fascinating and you can find lots more about it on its Kickstarter page or the company website.

Will you be buying a Peachy? How do you think it’ll do against the big guys like MakerBot? Let us know your thoughts on it.

Source: Peachy Printer Kickstarter, Peachy Printer

  1. rylangrayston
    September 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Soon will live in a world where objects go viral!

  2. rylangrayston
    September 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the Great article!
    Rylan Grayston

  3. Scott H
    September 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    that cool

  4. Kre
    September 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    They are also on indiegogo. And they haven't yet reached their funding goal.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-peachy-printer-the-first-100-3d-printer-scanner/x/4832926

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