A few days ago I read a Washington Post article called Saddle your horses and fire up the 3D printer. The article was meant to report on consumer 3D printers based on the author's visit to CES 2012.
To be fair however, the story compared the wrong products to Makerbot's new Replicator 3D printer and omitted the Replicator's most formidable rival, Bits From Bytes 3DTouch 3D printer.
Here's the rest of that story.
3DTouch Prints Bigger
Bits From Bytes line of affordable 3D printers and kits have offered the category's largest build envelope for two years. And while I applaud the 300 cubic inch build volume of Makerbot’s recently announced Replicator, the 3DTouch, launched last year, beats the Replicator hands down.
The 3DTouch is easy to use, comes with a choice of one, two or three print heads and was the first 3D printer to offer an intuitive touch screen user interface. The clean lines, acrylic frame and internal electronics means the you won’t have to hide it - you can proudly display your 3D printer for all to see.
No need to tinker – set up your job and touch 'print!' Use your time to create more!
The 3DTouch boasts a total build area over 950 cubic inches – more than three times that of the Replicator. The 3DTouch allows you to print in up to three different materials at the same time. With a total build area of over 950 cubic inches and up to 3 print heads, the 3DTouch prints bigger and bolder. See the 3DTouch in Action! Also check out this video of a tennis cup printed on the 3DTouch.
Here are a few examples:
|'Lotus' printed on Bits From Bytes 3DTouch, 240 mm diameter, 170 mm tall|
'World Globe' printed on Bits From Bytes 3DTouch, 7.25 X 6.75 inches
|'Hagia Sophia' printed on Bits From Bytes 3DTouch, |
7.1 X 8.7 X 5.4 inches