CES: 3D Printer Polaroid Goes Back to Future with OneStep 2

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Since the days before everybody carried his/her own camera in a smartphone, Polaroid has made its main business that of 3D printing. In fact, the company introduced four new 3D desktop printers at this year’s show.

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Polaroid is going back to the future at CES 2018 with a colorful exhibit called Polaroid Originals that showcases the glory that the company owned in the 1960s and ‘70s with its instant, one-of-a-kind photo machine.

This year’s CES marks the first immersive Polaroid Originals experience. Available for demonstrations in booth #16615 in Central Hall is the company’s OneStep 2 camera, an analog instant camera that is a successor to the original Polaroid OneStep camera that popularized instant photography 40 years ago.

Since those halcyon days before everybody carried his/her own camera in a smartphone, Polaroid has made its main business that of 3D printing. In fact, the company introduced four new 3D desktop printers at this year’s show. The consumer-market 3D printers are the latest to be launched by Polaroid since the ST3Di 3D printer range in 2016.

The latest Polaroid range of the Polaroid Nano Duo, Polaroid Nano Mini, Polaroid Nano Glide and the Polaroid Nano+ 3D printers, becomes available in April and will be aimed primarily at the U.S. and Canadian markets.

The Polaroid Nano Mini 3D printer is aimed at beginners and features one-button control, reduced motor noise and a price of $349. The 7.4 x 7.4 x 7.8-inch overall volume and 3.1 x 3.1 x 3.5-inch build volume make it a compact option for personal use. The Polaroid Nano Mini is compatible with PLA 1.75mm filament.

The Polaroid Nano Glide 3D printer also is accessible for desktop use. It has an overall volume of 10.2 x 9.8 x 10.2 inches and a larger build volume of 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches. It is equipped with a sliding printing bed, a smart sensor to alert users to a filament refill, and child safety doors. Also compatible with PLA 1.75mm filament, it is available for $479.

Sharing the smart sensor and child safety doors of the Nano Glide, the Polaroid Nano+ 3D printer offers faster, more accurate and stabler prints with an in-built LCD interface, Wi-Fi connectivity and a dedicated smartphone app for remote control. Compatible with PLA 1.75mm filament, the Nano+ offers a build volume of 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch and an 11 x 11 x 11-inch overall volume. The Nano+ 3D printer lists for $549.

The Polaroid Nano Duo offers LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone control (with added cloud storage for designs and a built-in monitoring camera) of the Nano+, but also is compatible with a range of filament types including ABS, wood, TPU, metal and PLA 1.75mm filament, the company said. It is priced at $1,849.

A dual print-head enables multicolor or multi-material 3D printing, while a build volume of 11.8 x 8.8 x 12.6 inches in a 17.7 x 14.1 x 22-inch overall volume allows the fabrication of larger objects.

All Polaroid 3D printers are on display at the Polaroid booth, Central Hall #16615, CES 2018 through Jan. 12.

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