Kodak Launches Raspberry Pi based 3D Printer
Kodak has launched a Portrait 3D Printer powered by a Rasberry Pi 3, with a dual-extrusion system, multiple filament types, a 5-inch touchscreen, along with WiFi and Ethernet connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service. Kodak collaborated with Smart Int’ on the professional, dual extrusion Kodak Portrait 3D Printer that runs a Linux-based OS on a Raspberry Pi 3 board. The device sells for $3,500, and offers connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service. It is designed for engineering, design, and education professionals. Just like the BeagleBone-based Autodesk Ember 3D printer, the Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is based on a popular Linux hacker board, which is a Raspberry Pi 3 running Kodak’s Linux-based 3DprinterOS print management software.
Other 3D Raspberry Pi printers include the industrial-oriented, $4,500 and up AON 3D Printer. A host of Raspberry Pi 3D printer hacking projects are available, many of which use OctoPrint’s RPi-compatible software. The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer has a dual extrusion system with a 1.75mm filament diameter and automatic nozzle lifting. According to Kodak, the extrusion system provides swappable PTFE and all-metal hotends “for optimal material compatibility”. The printer has a 0.4mm nozzle with 20-250 micron layer resolution and XYZ accuracy of 12.5, 12.5, 2.5 microns. It offers 16mm XY motion and 12mm Z motion. A sensor alerts you when your filament is almost gone. Materials available include different grades of PLA, as well as ABS, Flex 98, HIPS, PETG, water-soluble PVA, and two grades of Nylon.
The Kodak manufacturing materials are available in a wide color palette, including Kodak’s Trade Dress Yellow. They claim to offer low moisture packaging and high dimensional accuracy. The 455 x 435 x 565mm printer has an all-steel structure which allows high-temperature build, with support for up to 105ºC build plate and up to 295ºC nozzle temperatures. A fully-enclosed print chamber with a 200 x 200 x 235mm build volume features a HEPA and activated carbon filter, thereby
reducing unwanted odors and keeping fingers away from hot moving parts,
Other features include magnetically attached print surfaces. The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is fitted with a 5-inch, 800 x 480 color touchscreen, WiFi, Ethernet, a USB port, and a build chamber camera. The 3DprinterOS, helps you manage print settings such as automatic leveling and calibration, and you can preset print parameters for every material. The Linux-based software gives free access to the Kodak 3D Cloud service, where managing a print farm for multiple machines from anywhere in the world is possible. According to Kodak, users can access “slice online, monitor their prints and receive over-the-air updates”
Kodak Portrait 3D Printer Demo
The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is available now for $3,499 in Europe and the U.S market. Kodak’s announcement page, as well as product and shopping pages, provide more information.
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