The new ZScanner 800 adds a third HD camera that raises the resolution of its previous model, the 700, from .25 mm to .05 mm. Z Corp. claims its scanners are the only “self-positioning laser scanners” in the world. Whereas other scanners require reference points or “targets” on the product being scanned, the ZScanners do not, a booth spokesman said at the show. He also said they are faster than tripod mounted models — a small part, for example, could be scanned in six minutes or an entire car dashboard in two hours.
The new scanner costs $50,000. The 700 is $40,000. These scanners are typically used in quality control, inspection or for rapid prototyping. They produce .stl files, which can be imported in 3D CAD software or output to 3D printers.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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