Mar 9, 2017 | By Tess

At CES 2017, consumer electronics company Polaroid announced some products that piqued our interest: three new desktop 3D printers and two 3D pen models. Now, just a couple of months later, we are excited to say that Polaroid’s 3D pen, the Polaroid Play, has hit the European market for the low retail price of €39.99 (£29.99).

As we can tell from the 3D pen’s name, as well as its affordable cost, the Polaroid Play is not marketed as a professional design tool, but rather a playful, creative tool. Polaroid’s 3D pen uses hot tip technology to melt plastic filaments as they are extruded, and users will have the option of employing either a manual or automatic extrusion function, and can choose from a variety of print speeds.

In terms of material, Polaroid is offering a colorful range of 1.75mm PLA filaments for its 3D pen (a total of 20 “fantastic” hues). While at CES 2017 Polaroid said its 3D pens would be available in a range of colors, it seem that, at least for now, the only color the pen comes in is a black and blue combination, similar to Polaroid’s ModelSmart 250S 3D Printer. Other colors may follow.

One of the 3D pen features that has us most excited is its companion app, the Polaroid Play Trace App. With it, users have the ability to turn any photo into a stencil, which they can then trace over with the 3D pen to create some very cool and quite elaborate 3D models. Of course, the 3D pen can also be used freehand.

Marketed for ages 14 and up, the 3D pen is equipped with a couple of notable safety features, including an automatic turn-off, as well as an auto-retraction feature that will retract filament if the pen is inactive for 10 minutes. This last feature is meant to help prevent filament blockages.

Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid, said: “We’re excited this year to expand our 3D offering in Europe. Inspiring creativity has always been at the heart of the Polaroid brand for 80 years, and the Polaroid Play 3D pen provides consumers with a new fun and easy outlet to express themselves.”

In addition to launching the Polaroid Play 3D pen, Polaroid has also released 10 new universal filament materials (in a range of 40 colors), suitable for FFF/FDM 3D printers. The materials are offered in partnership with Environmental Business Products (EPB), Europe’s largest collector and remanufacturer of inkjet cartridges.

The new materials include Premium PLA, ABS, PETG, Flexible, PVA, and a number of composites such as P-Copper, Elastic, P-Wood, P-Aluminum, and P-Carbon fiber. The company says that its new universal filaments can be used with the Polaroid Precise filament holder & scale, a device capable of measuring and weighing your filaments so you can determine exactly how much you have left before starting a print.

 

 

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@BBarbarartist wrote at 3/17/2017 12:40:07 PM:

Will this pen take all the filaments you make for your standard printers. Happy to trial your pen and filaments with my BBarbarartist Creative Teaching Stencils?

DC wrote at 3/14/2017 10:22:17 AM:

This obviously looks like one of the earliest 3D pen in Chinese markets....there are far better ones that you can buy, just search for 3rd, 4th generation 3d pens. With the box stating minimum age is 14+, I seriously doubt it will be much of a danger..even my daughter and nephew can doodle within the first few mins...and they are <10 years old. No idea what is the fuss....

Gavin wrote at 3/12/2017 11:57:58 PM:

Simple solution for Polaroid, get rid of the silly tablet idea; unsafe and also will cause so so many issues for tablet owners who forget to put the protector on first. Solution = use the app if you really need to for scaling objects, but then have a simple print function to print the trace image using a laser printer onto the surface / transparent material. Yes this means you would need a laser printer, but they are readily available for little $$ these days. Think overhead projector.

Gav wrote at 3/12/2017 11:57:14 PM:

Simple solution for Polaroid, get rid of the silly tablet idea; unsafe and also will cause so so many issues for tablet owners who forget to put the protector on first. Solution = use the app if you really need to for scaling objects, but then have a simple print function to print the trace image using a laser printer onto the surface / transparent material. Yes this means you would need a laser printer, but they are readily available for little $$ these days. Think overhead projector.

Xeno wrote at 3/9/2017 11:25:07 AM:

Putting a hot 3D print pen on a tablet, that is a smart move...NOT a lot of kids ar bound to forget the template on top first :)



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