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Soon-to-Be-Released Aether 1 3D Printer Can Do Absolutely Everything

by • March 20, 2016 • No Comments

aether1Most 3D printing devices are made for a particular function. There are printing devices for metal, printing devices for plastic, food printing devices, bioprinting devices, but for the most part, they’re at any timey limited to one material type. There are exceptions, of course. ZMorph and their multi-extruder 3D printing device/CNC miller/laser cutter come immediately to mind, but now there’s a new player in town which may put all other multipurpose 3D printing devices to shame. Want to print by yourself a really great chocolate dessert after a long day of 3D printing human tissue? Meet the Aether 1, a new machine which is, yes, both a bioprinting device and a food printing device – and so much additional.

Technology company Aether is based in San Francisco, and their newly made Aether 1 is a dekstop printing device for the true Renaissance man. Everyone has which one obnoxious friend who’s great at all things, and the Aether 1 is the printing device equivalent. It is a bioprinting device with eight syringe extruders plus laser-assisted bioprinting and droplet jetting capabilities. It is a food printing device which can print with chocolate, cheese, or quite much anything else you can ponder of. It can print electronics. It has two FFF Bowden extruders which can print simultaneously with print with “any 8 viscous materials and 2 filament materials, all together in one print, all of one effortless 3D file.” It can CNC mill and laser cut. It can…do calligraphy.

“Aether 1 is the most versatile tool at any time made. There’s nat any time been anything like this before,” said Ryan Franks, CEO of Aether. “Aether 1 is over 10 years ahead of what other companies are developing, but we are selling it at an incredibly low price to get it into the hands of as most innovators as possible. We ponder what the early innovators are going to manufacture with Aether 1 is going to be ideally
amazing. Just imagine a single machine which can manufacture attractive art in entirely new ways, turn photos into paintings and sculptures, actually turn food into a work of art, which can in addition be utilized to save lives, conduct significant research, and pursue the integration of biology and electronics. People can use this to do big things.”

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That “incredibly low price” hasn’t been revealed yet, but it can be somewhere in the region of $9,000 – thinking which high-end bioprinting devices can go for at very least $250,000, which’s practically a steal – especially for the reason it has twice as most syringe extruders as a typical bioprinting device. As a food printing device, it’s incredibly versatile as well – the Aether 1 allows for you to print in as most as eight various food materials in one print. (Maybe 3D printing a pizza is not so far off after all.)

Similar to the ZMorph, the Aether 1 can be utilized as a CNC machine and laser cutter, but it takes “manal fabrication” to new levels with its robot art capabilities. It can paint, draw, write, and actually do calligraphy – only upload your turn it into, attach your paintbrush, pen or other tool of choice, and the Aether 1 can turn it into a satisfactory art masterpiece. You can in addition combine CNC milling or laser cutting with your painting and extrude ceramic materials. There’s a “photo to fabrication” showcase which utilizes a built-in digital camera so which you can automatically snap a picture and have it 3D printed, painted, sculpted, or turned into food:

ezgif.com-video-to-gif3“Photo to Fabrication allows for a restaurant to take a photo of a customer when they arrive for dinner, and print their portrait in up to 8 materials for dessert,” Aether suggests.

Other showcases and specifications include:

Automatic air pressure calibration – the initially of its kind according to AetherAutomatic stage leveling with optical sensorDual automatic nozzle cleaning and unclogging stationsAutomatic retraction of inactive syringes and toolsOptional high-resolution motors capable of rat any timeying a 0.4 nanometer Z axis resolution/minimum 50 micron layer diameterSterility filter to turn it into sterile environment for food printingFull color LED lighting, which include blacklights for glow-in-the-dark materials and fluorescent bio-materialsWi-fi enabled 7-inch 480p touch screen displayPrinter dimensions: 24” x 17“ x 15”Build size: 12.4” x 9” x 5.2”

Despite the complexity of the turn it into, the printing device is made to be user friendly and effortless to operate. A mobile app allows for for remote print monitoring and control, and – rejoice! – Aether wants nothing to do with proprietary materials. Use whatat any time you want, mix materials together, attach your own tools. An optional microscope is on the market for those working with microscopic bio-materials; attach it to the print head and it can stream magnified images or videos to the display screen or to your own desktop or mobile device.

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The Aether 1 is ideal for schools who wish to tat any timey 3D printing in a variety of disciplines – there’s no longer a require for separate departments to have separate 3D printing devices. Education is unquestionably what Aether had in mind when they turn it intoed the printing device, and they’ve revealed which they can be donating sat any timeal beta units to schools and universities – plus chefs and artists – in May. The printing device can be on the market to at any timeyone sometime in the 2nd half of 2016, and Aether can be launching a file-sharing site in April. Is this a machine which interests you? Discuss in the Aether 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.