Back in May, a startup called botObjects unveiled what seemed like a stunning consumer gadget: the world's first full-color, desktop 3-D printer, the ProDesk 3D. The idea--an entry-level printer that crafts gorgeous objects--was hailed, here and elsewhere, as a potentially great entry into the field. But not long after, doubts started to creep in. A printer with the specifications (color across the spectrum, good resolution) and reasonable price ($3249 plus shipping) of the ProDesk could represent a major leap forward in home printing. How, exactly, did this machine work? Who was the team behind it? And why were details on it so scarce? "If this were a concept I would go easy on it but they say they have this device and it will be on the market in weeks. I am highly skeptical," Joris Peels wrote at VoxelFab in an article called "My doubts about BotObjects."