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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The Desktop Factory machine uses the powder technique, with the powder solidified by heat.
When I spoke with Cathy Lewis, the CEO of Desktop Factory, she said that this may happen within the next 10 years:
a technology start-up with the mission to bring affordable desktop 3D printing to the masses, today announced that its Desktop Factory 125ci 3D printer has been chosen by France's Netxplorateur Forum for a Netxplorateur of the Year award.
Desktop Factory CEO Cathy Lewis was on hand to receive this prestigious award.
We're honored to have the editors of Popular Science recognize the Desktop Factory as one of the top breakthrough innovations of the year," said Cathy Lewis, CEO of Desktop Factory.
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.
NextFest Attendees Can See First-Hand How the Desktop Factory 125ci 3D Printer Will Revolutionize the 3D Printing World by Bringing Affordable 3D Printing to the Masses
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.
Before joining Desktop Factory, Lewis spent nearly five years at IKON as senior vice president of marketing and was responsible for the ongoing development of IKON's integrated marketing strategies and global branding campaign, as well as product portfolio development/management and channel marketing programs.
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.