As new models are announced every week, 3D printers are slowly but steadily becoming as common as iPhone cases. But thankfully there are a few standouts that boast features other than a cheaper price tag, like the Zeus from AIO Robotics that's set to première on Kickstarter in just a few weeks. It's a 3D printer that doubles as a 3D scanner, allowing you to print, copy, and thanks to a built in network connection, even fax 3D objects to another machine.
If it succeeds in reaching its funding goal when it launches on September 4th, the Zeus has the potential to be a leading contender in the 3D printer market. After all, even the creators of the MakerBot are introducing a 3D scanner in the near future, but why buy separate machines when you get an all-in-one device that's easier to use?
And even if the Zeus doesn't succeed in hitting the market, there's no doubt that someone will create a 3D fax machine printer. After all, getting spammed with a local take away menu is harder to ignore when it's tiny 3D models of every meal option. [AIO Robotics via Ubergizmo]