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.
Current 3D printers, such as that from Desktop Factory, cost just under $5,000 (compared to $20,000 just two years ago).
The Desktop Factory 3D printer builds durable, functional models from the bottom up, 1 layer at a time.
An even lower-cost desktop 3D printer was introduced recently by Desktop Factory. Priced at $4995, the printer uses a halogen light source and drum printing technology to build robust parts, layer by layer, from composite plastic powder.
The math is simple: if one desktop factory makes two, and two factories make four, then within ten days you could have one thousand factories, in ten more days a million factories, and ten days after that a billion factories.