Tech Data appointed as exclusive distributor for ground-breaking Polaroid 3D printer

By Simon Meredith | 11th July 2016

Basingstoke, 11 July 2016 – Tech Data has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for the new Polaroid ModelSmart 250S 3D printer in the UK and will be working with retailers and resellers to maximise the product’s potential in the consumer, education and commercial markets.

One of the most famous names in imaging, Polaroid is making 3D printing available, affordable and desirable for everyone with this ground-breaking product.  It has been designed specifically for the consumer market, with clean looks and designs that will fit in with the décor in any household, classroom or office.

The ModelSmart 250S comes with the unique Polaroid Prep software, which means you don’t have to be a 3D expert to print good-looking 3D models. It makes printing 3D objects almost as easy as printing traditional text documents, opening up the world of 3D printing to the consumer for the first time. Users can import their own creations or any model from the many web sites with free 3D objects, scale and easily print, with full visibility of estimated time and filament usage.

It is being brought to market through a three-year partnership between Polaroid and UK-based manufacturer, Environmental Business Products (EBP), which is Europe’s largest and longest- established manufacturer of inkjet cartridges. During this time, EBP will be the sole manufacturer of the Polaroid 3D printer and consumables range. Polaroid printers are manufactured exclusively in the UK.

The printer will be ideal for use in the home and by schools, says Peter Lunn, Senior Category Manager for Print at Tech Data. “Polaroid is an iconic brand-name and as well as being easy to set-up and use, the new Polaroid ModelSmart is what the market has been waiting for. It will be perfect for schools looking to acquire a usable and affordable 3D device and the growing number of home imaging enthusiasts. This is a fast-growing sector with huge potential.”

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S  has dimensions of only 250(w) x 150(h) x 150(d) mm and features accurate auto-calibration and a vertical resolution (layer height) 50 – 350 micron. It also has a WiFi-enabled camera built-in and is very easy to set-up and use, with only 12 parameter settings. Nine PLA colours (Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Lime, Black, White, Silver) and Wood are available as the base material. A smartchip mechanism on filament cartridge identifies filament levels and ensures correct material is used. Revolutionary and transparent double-sided adhesive Z-Axis sheets are applied to the print bed for effortless application, adhesion and model removal.

The Proprietary Helpful Printer Driver® software provides for convenient consumables re-ordering, helping resellers to maximise potential.  The printer will retail for around £1500. Tech Data will be looking to sign partners for a multi-tiered partner programme, which will offer a sliding scale of discounts.

Picture: Peter Lunn, Tech Data.

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For further information contact:
Sara Gemmell
Marketing Services Director
Tel: 0871 880 3000
Twitter: @techdatauk

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