Jan 4, 2017 | By Tess

Consumer electronics company Polaroid, best known for its iconic instant cameras, is hoping to establish itself in the world of 3D technologies with the introduction of its new range of affordable 3D printers and 3D pens. Presented at CES 2017, Polaroid’s new 3D printing products are set to hit the U.S. and Canada markets in March and July of this year.

At last year’s CES, Polaroid was a bit of a surprise contender as it unveiled its first additive manufacturing system, the ModelSmart 250S 3D printer. Now it seems the company is determined to pursue their 3D printing venture, as it has announced a whole new range of 3D printers and 3D pens. According to the company, it is hoping to make 3D printing technologies more accessible to the general public by offering affordable, easy-to-use, and trusted 3D printing products.

At CES 2017, which is taking place in Las Vegas, Polaroid has announced it will be launching 3 new desktop 3D printer models, all varying in size. Some details of the new machines include a layer resolution of 100 microns, compatibility with standard 1.75mm filament, a child-safety lock feature, and print progress visualization. Additionally, the new range of Polaroid 3D printers can reportedly be controlled via iOS or Android apps.

While the features all sound pretty standard, the compact 3D printers, which can fit comfortably in your home or office, are perhaps most notable for their cost. According to Polaroid, its new 3D printers will hit the market this summer and will only cost between $499 and $799—we imagine depending on what size you go for.

As mentioned, Polaroid will also be launching two 3D pen models, one wired (the DRW100 3D pen) and one wireless (the DRW101 3D pen). The latter comes with an internal battery and charging stand. Both 3D pens will be compatible with ABS or PLA filaments and are expected to come with 10m of filament to get users going. The 3D pens are expected to retail for between $129 and $149.

Both the 3D printers and 3D pens will reportedly be made in a range of colors, including black, pink, white, and blue. The 3D pen will also be released in yellow, giving consumers plenty of aesthetic options for their 3D printing products.

“Creativity has always been at the heart of our brand,” commented Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “For 80 years, we have given consumers the ability to express themselves and explore their own creativity, with the medium of instant photography top of mind. We could not be more excited to now offer another dimension with our new line of 3D printers and pens. Whether it be artwork, prototypes, jewelry, or models, we’re eagerly awaiting what our customers will create and just where their imaginations will take them.”

You can expect to see Polaroid’s 3D pens released as soon as March 2017, with its 3D printers following shortly after in July.

 

 

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