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Polaroid Debuts New Range of Consumer 3D Printers at CES 2018

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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.

Polaroid’s CES 2018 Booth

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 Polaroidwe 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.

Polaroid Nano Duo

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.

Polaroid Nano Mini

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.

Polaroid Nano Glide

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]

KLM debuts first ever 3D printed in-flight draught beer trolley

Sep 10, 2016 | By Tess

While a cold bottle of beer can be thirst quenching, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as taking the first few sips from a cold, freshly poured draught beer, whether you’re on a sunny patio, at a bar, or on a plane. Yes, that’s right. On a plane. The tasty breakthrough is thanks to Dutch airline KLM, which finally figured out how to serve fresh draught beer from the tap thousands of feet in the air. How did they manage this, you might ask. Well, we’ll give you a little hint, 3D printing helped!

To the delight of an exclusive group of flyers in World Business Class, KLM recently served its very first Heineken from the tap on its August 31st flight to Curaçao. The achievement, for those unaware of how draught beer works, is substantial as the airline (in collaboration with Dutch beer giant Heineken) was finally able to overcome the challenge of designing a draught trolley that would both work and be safe in the air.

Traditionally, draught systems use pressure from CO2 to keep the beer from the tap flowing, for safety reasons, however, CO2 canisters are not allowed on flights, so an alternative method had to be created. Finally, after much research and development, KLM and Heineken devised the innovative and 3D printed BrewLock keg, which uses air pressure instead of CO2 to keep the cold beer flowing from the tap, even in pressure-controlled airplane cabins. 3D printing was used to create the specially designed parts for the in-flight keg.

“We are always looking for typical Dutch products to set us apart from other companies,” explained Miriam Kartman, KLM’s Inflight Services Vice-President. “Heineken is our beer partner for many years, and we both know that customers rate a beer from draught higher than out of a can.”

According to KLM, the taste of the Heineken beer they will be serving on flights is just the same as what you would be served with your feet planted firmly on earth. In fact, it will even be as cold! The airline has achieved this last feat by pre-cooling the keg before takeoff and then housing it in a specially designed insulating container, which will maintain the beer’s optimal temperature.

Unfortunately, the fresh draught beer service won’t be available on all flights, at least for the foreseeable future, due largely in part to the complicated and expensive process of 3D printing the system and pressurizing the air. Like all flying perks, the in-flight draught beer will only be available to World Business Class flyers, and even then, only on certain special KLM flights.

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Wolfbite MEGA works well with any 3D printer equipped with a heated bed that utilizes glass or ceramic printing surfaces.“We’re extremely proud to have developed the first solution capable of effectively bonding polycarbonate to glass and ceramic build surfaces,” said Erick Wolf, co-founder, Airwolf 3D. “Users will see a notable difference in the output of their 3D printed projects when using Wolfbite MEGA.”POLYCARBONATE AND PC-ABS are the most preferred 3D printed materials for high-strength, functional parts because of their superior tensional and flexural strength characteristics, as well as their resistance to heat and shrinkage. PC and PC-ABS materials are also desireable 3D printing materials because of their machinability and, in the case of PC-ABS, its ability to be vapor polished. Traditionally; however, these materials do not bond well with glass 3D printer build plates. The most common methods for encouraging adhesion to the build plate have been a combination of PET film and generous coats of washable glue; a process that can be inconvenient, messy, and costly. PC and PC-ABS can be so bond-resistant that, even with these traditional adhesion methods in place, makers are often limited to 3D printing small objects to reduce the likelihood of warpage during the print process.. Airwolf’s new proprietary Wolfbite MEGA solution, with its advanced surface chemistry, is the answer to these common PC and PC-ABS problems. With just one to two coats, Wolfbite MEGA strongly bonds PC and PC-ABS objects to the heated 3D printer’s glass or ceramic build plate. When the build plate cools down, Wolfbite MEGA relaxes its bond with the 3D printed object, allowing for easy removal of the part. Wolfbite is also available for 3d printing with ABS and Wolfbite Nano is available for use with PLA.Wolfbite MEGA is applied with an applicator brush straight onto the glass or ceramic build plate, eliminating the need for costly PET tape. One light coat of Wolfbite provides enough bed adhesion to last for several prints. After applying Wolfbite MEGA to the build plate, 3D printing can commence immediately with a heated bed. 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voxeljet Debuts Phenolic Resin Binder

voxeljet, metal, 3d printing, binder, am, phenolIn a recent announcement voxeljet has debuted a newly developed Phenolic-Direct-Binding method. This new binding method not only offers key advantages for sand printing but also allows for the production of ceramic molds.

The new binder offers a number of advantages for many 3D printing applications, as process engineer Dr. Florian Mögele can attest: “With this binder, we are able to achieve an incredible level of resolution and precision in 3D printing. At the same time, we have also made significant improvements in terms of stability and sand recycling. And: phenolic resin binders are ideally suited for processing ceramic and other materials.”

3D printed, complicated PDB sand molds surpass even the highest expectations. The Phenolic-Direct-Binding method, with its impressive accuracy and increased strength, is setting new trends, especially for complex molds with undercuts, elaborate details and very small radii.

The phenolic resin that is used is not toxic and allows for 100% recycling of non-printed particle material. In contrast to conventional binders, the PDB process does not require silica sand to be pre-treated, which means that it can be easily returned to the sand cycle.

voxeljet expects to offer the new material-set for various printer platforms by the middle of 2015. Until that time, the company will be working on implementing and optimizing the process for relevant printer platforms. Of course, interested parties can also obtain advance information about the performance of the new binder method on the basis of standardized benchmark parts.