User friendly 3D printer launched at CES 2016
Every Tom, Dick and Harry businesses are entering the 3D printer market these days, but Polaroid has designed one that is easy to operate. Unlike many others that force you to hit loads of buttons, twiddle knobs and make fine-tune setting changes. For example, Makerbot has hundreds of settings. Polaroid has ten.
Polaroid used CES in Las Vegas in January to launch the new ModelSmart 250s 3D printer. It will be on sale in the UK from March for about £1500.
Polaroid is an American giant well known the world over for its cameras. We have all seen them in films and tv shows around the 1990s. However, the company went into a steep decline during the early 2000s. It is now back and expanding into new markets with 3D printing among their new targets. However, they’ve kept some of their classic image, even featuring bright rainbow stripes running across the front of the ModelSmart 250S. Is this the Polaroid of the 21st century?
Manufacturing of the printer is done by Environmental Business Products, a remanufactured ink cartridge company in Park Royal, London.
The machine uses 750g reels of plastic or wood mixture, costing between £65 and £70. It prints in nine colours and a wood based blend to create items that feel like dense ply. There are a number of websites out there that will offer you product designs that you can download.
You want to switch to different 3D print models that requires a higher density of resin. Unlike some other printers that require many adjustments, there is only one on the ModelSmart 250s.
Some downloadable designs include chess pieces. You can print that in about two hours at a cost of £1.40.
Every appliance these days seems to be built around the ‘smart’ principle. This one is no different. Rather than having to wonder how much resin is left, or how much resin is needed to complete a print, the machine is capable of reading a chip within the resin spool in order to give you accurate estimates. Better still, the machine is smart enough to estimate the amount of time needed in order to complete the job.
Amy Horn, Category Director at EBP, said the machine is ideal for homes and tech start-ups to produce prototypes. She said: “We’re very proud it’s manufactured here in London. It’s about creating something bespoke and unique, having that in your home and being able to say you 3D-printed it.”
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