Desktop Factory


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Desktop Factory

A 3D printer technology from 3D Systems. Originally developed by Desktop Factory, Inc., an IdeaLab company founded in 2004, it was acquired by 3D Systems in 2009. The Desktop Factory was designed to be the first, very affordable 3D printer at a breakthrough price of US USD $4995; however, as of the end of 2010, it had not come to market. Today, entry-level 3D printers cost considerably less.

In 2009, at roughly twice the cost of the Desktop Factory, 3D Systems launched its V-Flash 3D printer for making durable plastic parts up to 504 cubic inches in volume (Desktop Factory was projected at 125 cubic inches). See 3D printer and 3D printing.


A Desktop Breakthrough
The Desktop Factory fuses 10 mil layers of powdered plastic by light, somewhat like a laser printer. Targeted at USD $1 per cubic inch, it is also designed to be a breakthrough in the cost of consumables. (Images courtesy of Desktop Factory, Inc., www.desktopfactory.com)


A Desktop Breakthrough
The Desktop Factory fuses 10 mil layers of powdered plastic by light, somewhat like a laser printer. Targeted at USD $1 per cubic inch, it is also designed to be a breakthrough in the cost of consumables. (Images courtesy of Desktop Factory, Inc., www.desktopfactory.com)
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Desktop Factory CEO Cathy Lewis was on hand to receive this prestigious award.
We're extremely honored to have the Desktop Factory 125ci recognized by the Netxplorateur Forum's founders and partners for our efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses," said Cathy Lewis, CEO of Desktop Factory.
The Desktop Factory 3D printer, however, is about the same size as early laser printers measuring approximately 25 x 20 x 20 inches and weighing less than 90 lbs.
Desktop Factory was started by Idealab in 2004 and, collectively, the team has over 100 years of experience in 3D printing, laser printing and CAD/CAM.
The Desktop Factory 125ci is disruptively priced at $4,995, and the company is currently accepting 10% deposits ($495) for the first 1,000 reservation orders placed via the their web site: http://www.
Starting today, Desktop Factory will begin taking a 10% deposit ($495) for the first 1,000 reservation orders placed via the company's web site http://www.
Judging by the thousands of inquiries we've received from around the world, the Desktop Factory 125ci, with its promise of affordable, accessible 3D printing, will far exceed our initial sales projections.
The Desktop Factory 3D printer, however, is about the same size as early laser printers, measuring approximately 25 x 20 x 20 inches and weighing less than 90 lbs.
SAN FRANCISCO -- WIRED Magazine today announced that Desktop Factory will be exhibiting at WIRED NextFest[TM], a unique world's-fair-style event to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 13-16, 2007.
Desktop Factory will provide a glimpse into the future of design by demonstrating their Desktop Factory 125ci 3D printer.
I'm extremely pleased to have Cathy leading the Desktop Factory team," said Bill Gross, Founder and CEO of Idealab, a backer of Desktop Factory.
We anticipate a wealth of new applications for 3D printing will emerge as devices like the Desktop Factory 125ci become widely available.