3D printers can generally only print in one or two colors thanks to the limitations of the technology. Stratasys announced last month that it had broken through those limitations with its Objet500 Connex3 3D printer that can incorporate 46 colors into a single print. Before the Connex3, however, there was the ProDesk3D.
3ders reports that BotObjects revealed the ProDesk3D – one of the very first color 3D printers – last year to much excitement. Since then, it has become somewhat of a phantom as details on the printer are scarce and it keeps missing its shipment dates even though pre-orders opened in May of last year. With hope diminishing, a new video has emerged to prove the ProDesk3D is at least a real device.
It’s been over a year since the BotObjects have shared video of the ProDesk3D in action. Since then, 3D printer fans could only speculate on the existence of the fabled machine. Well, iGo3D was recently able to record footage of the ProDesk3D in action, and it certainly looks real:
So, how does the ProDesk3D work? According to TechCrunch, the machine feeds five colored filaments into a single head where a motor melds said filament as it changes color. This enables the printer to add color gradients to objects.
Despite missing its initial ship dates, it certainly looks like BotObjects is ready for full production with the company saying its already shipping out some orders to its earliest customers. If you want to jump into the world of full-color 3D printing before anybody else, you can order one now for $3,249.
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