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Kodak’s new 3D printer has a Raspberry Pi inside

Nov 16, 2018 — by Eric Brown — 1867 views

Kodak has launched a Raspberry Pi 3 based Kodak Portrait 3D Printer with a dual-extrusion system, multiple filament types, a 5-inch touchscreen, and WiFi and Ethernet connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service.

Kodak and Smart Int’l. have collaborated on a professional, dual extrusion Kodak Portrait 3D Printer that runs a Linux-based 3DprinterOS on a Raspberry Pi 3 board. The $3,500 device offers connections to a Kodak 3D Cloud service, and is designed for engineering, design, and education professionals.



Kodak Portrait 3D Printer
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Like the BeagleBone-based Autodesk Ember 3D printer, the Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is based on a popular Linux hacker board. In this case, it’s a Raspberry Pi 3 SBC running Kodak’s Linux-based 3DprinterOS print management software.

Other Raspberry Pi based 3D printers include the industrial-oriented, $4,500 and up AON 3D Printer. There are also a variety of Raspberry Pi 3D printer hacking projects available, many of which use OctoPrint’s RPi-compatible software.



Kodak Portrait 3D Printer dual extrusion system (left) and interior view
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The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer has a dual extrusion system with a 1.75mm filament diameter and automatic nozzle lifting. The extrusion system provides swappable PTFE and all-metal hotends “for optimal material compatibility,” says Kodak.

The printer provides a 0.4mm nozzle with 20-250 micron layer resolution and XCYZ accuracy of 12.5, 12.5, 2.5 microns. It also offers 16mm XY motion and 12mm Z motion. A sensor warns you when your filament is almost gone.



Kodak Portrait 3D Printer, front and back
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Materials include different grades of PLA, as well as ABS, Flex 98, HIPS, PETG, water soluble PVA, and two grades of Nylon. The Kodak manufactured materials are available in a wide color palette, including Kodak’s Trade Dress Yellow. They are claimed to offer low moisture packaging and high dimensional accuracy.

The 455 x 435 x 565mm printer has an all-steel structure allowing high-temperature builds, 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,” says Kodak. Other features include magnetically attached print surfaces.



Kodak Portrait 3D Printer (left) and touchscreen
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The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is equipped with a 5-inch, 800 x 480 color touchscreen, as well as WiFi, Ethernet, a USB port, and a build chamber camera. Using 3DprinterOS, you can manage print settings such as automatic leveling and calibration, and you can preset print parameters for every material.

The Linux-based software provides free access to the Kodak 3D Cloud service, where you can manage a print farm for multiple machines from anywhere in the world. Users can access “slice online, monitor their prints and receive over-the-air updates,” says Kodak.




Kodak Portrait 3D Printer video demo

 
Further information

The Kodak Portrait 3D Printer is available now for $3,499 in Europe and the U.S. More information may be found in Kodak’s announcement, as well as its product and shopping pages.
 

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