Polar 3D 394208 Printer with Polar Cloud Connectivity
- Polar coordinate design yields larger print volume from a small footprint. (300 cubic inches)
- Light weight, portable, and Plug & play with no complex calibration or setup
- Built in connectivity: wifi, ethernet, and usb and the Polar Cloud allows you to print from any device with a web browser
- Time-lapse camera to record the 3D object build
- Uses non-proprietary 1.75 mm filament
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The award-winning, revolutionary design of the Polar 3D desktop printer typically produces 4 times the build volume at 25 percent cost of competitors. Sleek, quiet, Wi-Fi enabled, and with an open-view that allows you to Watch your 3D print objects being created. It's not only a radical improvement in 3D desktop printing, but also fun! in addition, the time-lapse camera will leave you mesmerized as you Watch your 3D creation come to life via the polar cloud. The free polar cloud allows any Polar 3D owner to load files, print, and view the process from anywhere in the world with a web browser. And, If you really want to take it on the go, it's so lightweight and durable you could take it to a friends house or to work. Its reliability and ease-of-use are perfect for the classroom or makerspace lab.
Top Customer Reviews
Literally pull it out of the box, plug it in, and start printing!
When compared to the size of other printers and how large their build platform is, the Polar3D is very small. It can reasonably be placed on a desk.
They claim it is quieter than other printers. I tend to agree with this statement.
--- update 10/20/15 ------
They addressed this issue a while back now. You can now print with any software you'd like via USB.
I'd also like to add that printing objects directly in the center causes issues. Because the print head slows down while crossing the center it is not as accurate. Most of the time this is note a problem, just place your object to the side of the center or if your object has a hole, put that directly in the center.
Currently you either have to use a web browser to print. Either locally or using their cloud service. I'd rather just use some type of open-source program to print. This will eventually be fixed, but the cloud software is experiencing the growing pains of a new product. They are working on a cartesian to polar coordinate converter. Once that is done, we should be able to use any software we choose.
I'm not sure if the polar coordinate system is as accurate as the cartesian system. For curved objects it is probably better. But I tend to print project enclosures (things with straight edges), not models. Sometimes there is a slight, very slight, wave in a straight edge that seems to be an artifact caused by the build plate rotating. Maybe my printer isn't calibrated quite right?
Definitely a good buy if you just want a printer that will work straight out of the box. I highly recommend it, especially if this is your first printer. It's a relatively new company and the software is experiencing growing pains, but that seems to come with the hobby. Don't forget to use your student discount if you can ;)
In regards to the Polar Cloud, I think that this is what separates Polar from the other comparable 3D printers. My students are able to check up on, watch and create prints, all after school from their own home. It is very easy for teachers to manage print jobs and fit multiple objects on the build plate at once.
Last but not least is the customer service, Any time we have a question or concern with our printer. We are able to call in and receive help right away. They made the process very easy and answered all of our questions no matter how simple or complex they were.
I was very excited to bring this printer to my organization, but with the difficulties we've had using their vaulted feature set has been horrific. I'm working on using Cura or some other system to bypass all the Polar3D things, but one of the major deciding factors in taking a risk in this new company was their fancy software. Now that and their lack of customer service has pushed me to other vendors. I've received grant funding to purchase 6 more, but I'm running to the hills (or Prusa, Printerbot, or even Lulzbot instead)