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Up close with Zeus, the first consumer all-in-one 3D printer, scanner and fax

• http://www.gizmag.com, By Eric Mack

The Zeus from AIO Robotics seeks to merge 3D scanning and printing with the push-button simplicity of today's consumer all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machines. In the process, the company also created the closest thing we've seen so far to the Star Trek replicator, with the added bonus of what you might call "ToIP" – Teleportation over Internet Protocol.

Yet another 3D printer that began as a Kickstarter project, what sets the Zeus apart is the fact that it is a standalone piece of hardware that does not need to be connected to a computer to function – most 3D printers print from a CAD file on a computer. Instead, Zeus runs off an onboard Exynos-based quad-core 1.7 Ghz system operated via a 7-inch touchscreen.

Using this simplified interface, any object less than 9 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall (228 x 127 mm) can be placed on the machine's turntable, where it will be scanned using what AIO calls "swiping laser triangulation" technology. The resulting data gets stored either in 8GB of on-board storage or onto a MicroSD card.

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