A 3-D printer from Z Corporation ranges in price between $15,000 and $60,000, but Joe Titlow, the vice president of product management, said the value outweighs the price for these companies. "This technology enables the ability to create physical models," said Titlow in an interview with ABC News. "It enables them to do something amazing and increase innovation; they can design a product, print it out and get instant feedback of their model." The Z Corporation printers don't just print models and sculptures, but fully operable wrenches, tools and even parts for a car.
According to Z Corporation, these printers have been sold to Motorola, Nike and Toyota.
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Michael Mock of Rapidform responds to some questions about the feasibility of printing a functional wrench from scan data from a Z Corp 3D scanner, as seen in the video embedded above, which has seen over 5.4 million views on YouTube.
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