XYZPrinting is a company known for making affordable 3D printers for the home, and today it’s about to introduce even more. It’s launching not one, not two, but three new devices at this year’s CES. But if you’ve been paying attention to the company, they should all be pretty familiar. That’s because they are incrementally updated versions of existing products.
The first to receive an update is the da Vinci 3D Pen, which initially debuted in 2016. The new version is called 3D Pen Cool, and as you may have guessed from the name, it’s meant to be safer than previous versions, thanks to some. temperature changes that make items feel cooler to the touch. That alone should make it a more worthy competitor to its main rival, the 3Doodler pen.
Like the da Vinci 3D pen before it, the 3D Pen Cool extrudes PLA plastic filament into the air to create a 3D sculpture. It has a two-color (red and green) LED indicator plus a two-action control button for loading and unloading. It’s powered via a micro-USB cable, which XYZPrinting says is lighter than a traditional power cord.
Next up is the da Vinci Nano, which was teased at last year’s CES but ultimately didn’t make it to retail. Since then, however, XYZPrinting has refined the Nano to include a new software package called XYZ app maker, which allows users to 3D print directly from their tablets (and, eventually, their phones). It’s as compact as ever at 4.7 square inches, but now it’s available in white instead of red. And yes, XYZPrinting hopes that the Nano will be available for real this time.
Last but not least is the da Vinci Color AiO, which is aimed at small businesses rather than consumers. It combines full color printing and scanning capabilities, thanks to the combination of inkjet and 3D printing technology that impregnates the PLA filament with ink drops of different colors.
The da Vinci 3D Pen Cool will retail for $45, the Nano will cost $229, and the business-focused AiO will be available for around $4,000. The company says they will all be available early this year.
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