從這台3D照片印表機的體積450(W) × 430(D) × 900(H) mm與50公斤的重量來看，並不太像是要賣給一般消費者在家裡使用的；應該比較適合用在主題樂園、活動現場、旅遊景點、個性化影像工作站、…等搭配Fujifilm的3D數位相機做商業用途，因為它不僅可以即時直接列印3D相片，更可以將2D或3D影像與事先準備好的3D背景套圖(3D Template)結合成另一種「3D情境照片」，這個功能就像是愛爾得公司的「3D立體快照系統」一樣。Fujifilm的目的，除了要賣3D照片印表機外，其最主要還是要賣印表機的熱昇華色帶、光柵片等耗材。
我比較關心的是，這種3D照片印表機所列印出來的3D品質。因為這裡牽涉到：(1) 如何將3D數位相機所拍攝出來的左、右二個影像，處理成光柵片所需要的多個視角(或視點)影像 (2) 將多個視角(或視點)的影像合成一張3D光柵影像 (3) 直接列印在光柵片上。其中最關鍵的技術是，如何將左、右二個影像，處理成高品質多個視角(或視點)的影像，這是有相當高的難度，尤其是要做到全自動，由3D照片印表機來完成(目前尚無資料顯示，它是否要搭配PC來操作)。再來是將3D光柵影像直接列印在光柵片上，其準確度必須要非常精密而且穩定，不容有一絲誤差。最後，光柵片的品質會決定這一切的成敗，而一個優質的3D光柵片，是要結合光學設計、精密模具與嚴格製程的技術，必須全部到位才能竟其功。我拭目以待Fujifilm的這台3D照片印表機的上市！
Fujifilm announces 3D printer system
Last year, Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix Real 3D W1 camera, possibly the world's first consumer-oriented 3D point-and-shoot. It was accompanied by a 3D viewer. The catch was, if you wanted to print these 3D pictures, you had to send the images back to Fujifilm. But on Tuesday, the firm announced the 3D Print System, a machine that outputs 3D photographs.
The 3D Print System utilizes thermal sublimation printing techniques and imprints on lenticular sheets of four sizes ranging from 4 x 6 inches to 6 x 9 inches. There are also custom templates which you can choose as a border for your shots. It takes about 90 seconds to churn out a 5 x 7-inch print.
According to Fujifilm, the 3D Print System should be available by the second quarter of this year, with pricing available closer to launch. But given that this printer weighs 50kg, we don't think it's designed for home use. Rather, it’s probably targeted for on-location services such as in theme parks or at events.
Fujifilm Introduces Dye Sublimation 3D Printer to the UK
February 2, 2010: Fujifilm UK Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of a radical new 3D printer; the "3D Print System". This exciting new development will bring the enjoyment of 3D images to a wider audience than ever before, and will introduce many significant improvements to consumers over Fujifilm's current 3D print service. The compact 3D Print System will hit the UK in early summer 2010, bringing a novel offering to on-site print services, ideal for event photographers, tourist attractions and theme parks.
Fujifilm has positioned itself as market leader in 3D photography with the launch of the FinePix 3D REAL W1 digital camera and FinePix REAL V1 digital photo frame in Autumn 2009. These allow users, for the first time ever, to capture and view 3D images without the need to wear special 3D glasses. To print their 3D photos, currently users have to order prints online directly from Fujifilm. These are printed on a special Frontier system in Japan and can take several weeks to return to the consumer.
With the launch of the new 3D Print System, 3D prints can be created on the spot, using a PC to process the MPO file via Fujifilm's newly developed image processing software. Using Fujifilm's proprietary "Image Intelligence™" technology and "3D Image Processing", high quality, life-like prints are produced in a matter of minutes. Excellent 'photographic' results are produced using dye-sublimation technology to print directly on to the base of a lenticular sheet.
As prints can be produced locally with the minimum of fuss, consumers can receive their prints back in days, not weeks, and the cost per print will be reduced significantly.
Thanks to the small footprint of the system - 0.9m (H) x 0.5m (W) x 0.5m (D) - the offering of 3D prints can be established easily without the need for much space, perfect for event photographers who need a portable system, and for shops where space is at a premium.
Another significant improvement on the existing service is a wider variety of products. Prints will be available in four sizes, from 4x6 inches to larger 6x9 prints. And, rather than the standard 3D prints currently available, the new print system can also combine a 3D image with a 3D template, and a 2D image with a 3D template. These new 3D print varieties are well suited to on-site print services, at venues such as theme parks, tourist attractions and cruise ships.
As an industry leader in the 3D photography market, these new developments in 3D printing ensure that Fujifilm continues to develop and expand its 3D offering enabling more and more people to discover the wonders of 3D image capture
Pricing for the 3D Print System will be announced in April 2010.
Key Features of 3D Print System
l On-site production of high-quality 3D prints
l Fujifilm's proprietary digital image processing technology, "Image Intelligence" and "3D Image Processing"
l Direct thermal sublimation printing method which achieves high definition 3D prints on special lenticular sheets
l Small foot print, at 450(W) × 430(D) × 900(H) mm, the 3D printer is suited to most locations
l Four print sizes available: 4 × 6 inch (10.2 × 15.2 cm), 6 × 4 inch (15.2 × 10.2 cm), 5 × 7 inch (12.7 × 17.8 cm), and 6 × 9 inch (15.2 × 22.9 cm)
l Variety of 3D prints available including 3D composite prints using 3D templates for greater creativity