XYZprinting spokesperson Phair Tsai said two months ago that the 3D printing maker was thinking about making a stereolithographic printer–an alternative to the plastic-based fused deposition modeling machines found in most 3D printer-owning homes. Well, he really wasn’t kidding: XYZprinting announced today that it will start shipping an SLA printer next year.
Priced at less than $2,500, the Nobel 1.0 printer will be on the lower end of the cost spectrum of SLA machines. It echoes XYZprinting’s aggressive, low-cost approach in FDM printing, where it announced $499, $649 and $849 printers earlier this year.
XYZprinting will also release two more FDM printers known as the da Vinci 1.0 AiO and da Vinci 2.1 AiO. Based on the existing 1.0 and 2.1 da Vinci printers, the AiO models will integrate a scanner. Scanners allow printer users to quickly import a 3D model of an existing object and then print a replica or modified version of it. The 1.0 AiO will sell for less than $700. The cost for the 2.1 AiO has not yet been released.
To my knowledge, XYZprinting, which is a sub-division of Taiwanese electronics giant Kinpo Group, is the first company to make both a desktop FDM and SLA machine. It’s also an unusual move to offer both a printer and a printer-scanner hybrid.
Having so many models of printers is a shift occurring at other 3D printer makers as well, including Stratasys-owned MakerBot and 3D System’s desktop division. More models means more price options for consumers and, as Tsai told me earlier this year, will help determine what the public is hungry for in the industry.