These days, some inkjet printers cost less to buy than a set of replacement cartridges. But in the land of 3D, colour printers are still the things of dreams. The da Vinci Color mini ($999) wants to ‘democratise’ 3D printing, bringing it to the masses. Well, relatively speaking. After all, a grand isn’t cheap, but that price-tag’s less than those attached to rival systems. Likewise, the unit’s 24kg boxy form, described by its creators as “compact” and “sleek”, might raise an eyebrow until you see the competition. Still, the most important bit is the printing, and there the mini’s 3DColorJet tech has CMY ink droplets absorbed into plastic filament. Perfect for your prototypes and custom objects (at least those that’ll fit into a 13cm cubed box), or going all meta and using the da Vinci Color mini to create some mini da Vinci Color minis.
This could very well be your first jump into the wondrous world of 3D printing
You wouldn’t download a pair of shoes…. would you?