At a friend’s birthday party this weekend, I was introduced to the Pic-300 Instant Analog Camera by Polaroid for the first time. I felt a little behind the times, as I didn’t even know such a thing existed anymore, and may have started in on a “Back in my day…” story right there in the kitchen; I am a child of the ’80s, after all, and was around during the heyday of the original Polaroid camera and its self-developing film.
While managing to honor the past, Polaroid still looks to the future, and the company has the best comeback story ever – after declaring bankruptcy in the late 2000s, it reformed as a new corporation with the same popular name, and entered the 3D printing world at CES 2016 with the launch of its first 3D printer. Polaroid debuted several new 3D printers and 3D printing pens at CES 2017, and is again using the year’s biggest US tech show as a platform to showcase another new range of 3D printers.
CES 2018 is currently taking place in Las Vegas and Polaroid is at the trade show. In addition to showcasing multiple other products, the company also announced the launch of four new consumer 3D printers for the US and Canadian markets at the event.
“At Polaroid, we have an 80-year history of not only making the latest technology accessible to the everyday consumer, but also providing users with products that allow them to express their creativity. Our newest 3D printer models are the perfect example of this,” said Scott W. Hardy, the President and CEO of Polaroid. “We’re proud to offer the latest in 3D printing technology to give users a new way to express themselves at a price point that puts the technology within reach for use in any home, school or business.”
The new easy-to-use 3D printer models offer a variety of consumer 3D printing options. They are all compact, with sleek designs, and bear the unmistakable Polaroid Classic Border Logo. These four new models make 3D printing technology accessible to anyone who wants to easily 3D print artwork, models, and parts at home, in the classroom, or at the office.
The first is the Polaroid Nano Duo 3D printer, which allows users to print with two colors simultaneously, thanks to its dual heads. The Nano Duo, which measures at 17.7″ x 14.1″ x 22″, offers an 11.8″ x 8.8″ x 12.6″ print area, so users can easily 3D print large items, and it’s compatible with multiple 1.75 mm filament types, including ABS, PLA, metal, TPU, and wood.
Users can easily control the Nano Duo through the on-board LCD panel, or use WiFi and a dedicated smartphone app to control it remotely; the app also works with the 3D printer’s built-in camera, so users can monitor print progress and access cloud storage to save their designs. The Nano Duo 3D printer is available in charcoal grey, for an MSRP of $1849.
The plug and play Polaroid Nano Mini 3D printer offers easy one-button push control, and is a good choice for someone new to 3D printing. Measuring at just 7.4”x 7.4” x 7.8”, the lightweight 3D printer is portable and can be easily stored, and the ultra-quiet motor means it would be at home in the classroom.
The Polaroid Nano Mini 3D printer is compatible with 1.75 mm PLA filament, and has a 3.1”x 3.1” x 3.5” print bed for smaller 3D printing projects. It comes in white, at an affordable MSRP of just $349.
Don’t be put off by the small 10.2”x 9.8” x 10.2” footprint of the Polaroid Nano Glide 3D printer – thanks to a 4.7”x 4.7” x 4.7” sliding print bed, it’s still capable of producing large 3D printed projects.
Available in white at the MSRP of $479, the Nano Glide is designed for home and classroom use and includes child safety doors. When you’re working on a larger project, the Nano Glide 3D printer’s filament smart sensor helpfully lets you know when to refill the 1.75 mm PLA filament so you don’t waste any time.
The last of Polaroid’s new 3D printers is the easy-to-use Nano+, which uses the latest FDM technology to offer more accurate, stable, and fast prints. Just like the Polaroid Nano Duo 3D printer, users can remotely control the 11”x 11” x 11” Nano+ with WiFi and a dedicated smartphone app, or use the on-board LCD tray. The Nano+ comes in black, offers a 4.7”x 4.7” x 4.7” print area and child safety doors, and the 3D printer’s filament smart sensor lets you know when to refill the 1.75 mm PLA filament. The Polaroid Nano+ 3D printer is available for an MSRP of $549, and is the company’s only new 3D printer available in March; the other three will not be available until April.
Authorized Polaroid licensee Coretech Printer Group Co. Ltd. will be offering Polaroid’s new range of 3D printers in the US and Canada. You can see these four new 3D printers, along with Polaroid’s new 3D printing pens and other products, at CES 2018 this week at the company’s booth #16615 in the Central Hall. Don’t forget, 3DPrint.com will also be at CES this week, bringing you all of the latest product and technology news right from the showroom floor.
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[Source: EIN Newsdesk / Images: Polaroid]