It seems like a new major manufacturer gets involved with 3D printing almost every single day. HP has joined the fray. Shoe companies like Nike and New Balance are using the technology as well.
According to news sources and 3D printing resources, there’s another player set to get into the act. Polaroid has announced the company’s first ever 3D printer, the ModelSmart 250S.
A Look at the ModelSmart 250S
Polaroid’s announcement was made at CES 2016, and came as something of a surprise to many. While Polaroid has definitely been around the block, and 3D printing isn’t completely outside their wheelhouse, this is the first real foray into the technology.
The printer also offers some unique aspects that might make it pretty popular.
Once you get past the printer’s retro blue and rainbow exterior, you can get down to what really makes it stand out – the build area. It will be positioned as a high end home-printing option, but also available for professional use, forming something of a middle ground in the industry.
It was created in partnership with the UK’s Environmental Business Products, a company long known for designing and creating high-quality 3D tech. “We’re passionate about 3D print technology,” EBP’s managing director, Aleem Hosein, said.
“Partnering with a trusted, household name like Polaroid will help 3D printing become part of everyone’s everyday life. EBP believes in offering the most creative and innovative experiences so it is great to partner with a brand which embodies the same values as us.”
There’s a lot to love about this printer, too. For instance, it offers full FDM functionality, including auto calibration.
It features built in Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as a Wi-Fi camera, and there’s app control as well. Filament control is not a worry thanks to the smart technology embedded here, and the driver package is proprietary.
One of the things that builders will love most is the sheer space offered inside the printer. The build area is a full 250 x 150 x 150 mm, with a layer height of 50 to 350 microns depending on your needs.
In terms of filament options, you can use almost any type of PLA on the market.
Another advance here is the ability to use transparent base sheets under your build. Just line the Z axis with a sheet, and the printer builds on top of it. Removal is a breeze.
The sheets stick to the print bed with adhesive, so you don’t have to worry about them moving. According to Polaroid, “These sheets optimize the highest quality outputs with smooth and blemish free models, and reduce premature wear and tear on the print head.”
While no price or release date for the printer have been revealed yet, it’s nice to know that it’s coming. Expect to see it hit shelves sometime in early to mid 2016.