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This beautiful 3D printer belongs on a spaceship

3D printing has got pretty boring now, but 3D printers still manage to be cool. This new combination 3D printer, laser engraver, and CNC milling machine from Polish company ZMorph, for example, wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of Interstellar or The Martian. It’s business-like and practical, with the flash of yellow hinting at industrial applications. Even the curved, plastic enclosure reminds me of Apple’s iMac G3, and can’t you just imagine some future astronaut using something like this to print out spare parts on their journey to Mars? (Crazier still, 3D printed tools in space is something that’s already happened, although it’s hardly a regular occurrence.)

The ZMorph SX 2.0 is being billed as the “smartest way to prototype.” Interchangeable toolheads let you 3D print in plastic, metal, ceramic, and even “thick pastes” (ZMorph suggests printing in “cake”); the CNC cutting attachment works with woods from pine to walnut, as well as plastics; and the laser engraver does foil, leather, cardboard, and plywood. The whole machine weighs 20kg, has a build envelope of 300 x 235 x 165 mm. The price starts at $2,690 but rises based on the extras you throw in. Just don’t leave Earth without one.

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