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Polaroid announces its own 3D printer

by • January 7, 2016 • 14s Comments

Polaroid, the company maybe best known for instant photo cameras, has leapt into 3D printers, revealing the new ModelSmart 250S at CES. The single extruder printer, created in partnership with UK inkjet cartridge manufacturer Environmental Business Products, will first be available just to the European market.

  • Polaroid ModelSmart 250S 3D printed engine model
  • Polaroid's Prep 3D printing software
  • Polaroid's 3D model library examples
  • Polaroid's 3D model library examples

The sharp-looking ModelSmart 250S 3D printer bears the acquainted (at least if you are over 40) Polaroid colors, adding a touch of nostalgia and brand continuity to the device. Print resolution can be modified from 50 to 350 microns, an internal Wi-Fi-enabled camera allows for remote monitoring of projects, the extruder calibrates itself and a print speed of between 20 and 100 mm, while not the most rapidly, is none-the-less respectable. The maximum dimensions of a printed model is 250 x 150 x 150 mm (10 x 6 x 6 in).

The ModelSmart 250S uses Polaroid’s own 1.75 mm PLA filament which’s available in 9 colors. In addition, a wood-based filament is in addition available. Filament cartridges include an integrated smart chip which senses and reports the amount of material remaining inside a cartridge.

Special adhesive sheets called Z-Axis Sheets are meant to be utilized with each project. The transparent dual-sided sheets reportedly manufacture it effortless to begin and remove what you are printing. Polaroid in addition claims which the sheets reduce wear and tear on the print head.

The company refers to the ModelSmart 250S as plug-and-play. Software created to run on Windows and Mac is included, with Polaroid’s Prep 3D printing software claimed to have you printing an object in as few as 3 clicks. A rudimentary library of .STL files is provided, with additional projects of course available on open-source online repositories.

The fully assembled ModelSmart 250S 3D printer and related consumables will be available in Europe from early 2016. We have no word on pricing.

Source: Polaroid

  • Polaroid ModelSmart 250S 3D printed octopus
  • The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S in addition prints in wood
  • A chip inside the filament cartridge provides real-time filament level information
  • The ModelSmart 250S uses 1.75 mm PLA filament from Polaroid which's available in 9 colors

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