Radiant Fabrication's new Lionhead 3D Printer and 3D Scanner makes a big step forward in 3D printing by providing an an easy to use, quick, integrated system. Radiant's 3D scanning system and a video game-inspired modeling software make it quick to build a model by adding and removing pixels. Multiple print heads produce the model quickly, making this an ideal system for high-speed prototyping. Together these benefits are exactly what's needed to make 3D printing practical in an educational environment. Radiant Fabrication announced this product on Kickstarter.
The P8X32A Propeller Multicore Microcontroller is the heart of the control system. The benefit of the Propeller in this application was its rapid prototype-to-production process using readily-available Parallax code modules from OBEX. Firmware for simultaneous control of print heads and motors is easily coded in the Propeller. Parallax Semiconductor Field Application Engineers worked with Radiant to design and fabricate the control system in our Rocklin, California manufacturing facility.