Heralded as the first 3D printer designed for students, the new Polar 3D Printer and its collaborative social network, The Polar Cloud, will build new models for learningCINCINNATI, Feb. 25, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — After their official launch at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Polar 3D is one of the most talked about companies to exhibit at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in Boston (February 25-27), where NAIS premieres its MakerSpace exhibition.
Polar 3D's NAIS participation supports the company's educationally-based mission: to inspire young minds to think like entrepreneurs by introducing and expanding use of 3D printers in secondary and collegiate classrooms. "Polar 3D is the solution for which teachers, students and parents have been waiting," says CEO Greg LaLonde.
The brainchild of co-founders William Steele and Ed Estes, a former Microsoft executive and a former software company owner, respectively, Polar 3D was founded in September 2013. "We built this printer and its supportive Polar Cloud social platform not to change how entrepreneurs think, but rather to inspire students to think like entrepreneurs. We want students to go to the Cloud to see what they can do," says Steele. "Just imagine classrooms where students can bring objects out of the computer screen and into their own hands then refine their designs all while gaining a better understanding of the creation process," says Estes.
The Polar Cloud: Along with the Polar 3D printer launches a free, web-based platform for collaboration, design, class assignments and lab management. The club-based format allows teachers to group students by subject and users to find groups with mutual interests. Within the Polar Cloud, users collect and share objects to print using in-site CAD software to alter and adjust their .stl files. The Cloud also allows for remote printing; you can control your printer from the office next door, a lab in another country, or 30,000 feet in the air. For information on the Polar Cloud: cloud.polar3d.com.
Collaborative Network: The Polar 3D Printer and supportive Polar Cloud are a complete solution for 3D printing in education across subject areas and grades, from 6 through 12 and beyond. Examples of the educational vision include:
History: printing historic artifacts for examination
Geography: printing 3D models to explore topography (demographics, population)
Chemistry: 3D models of molecules
Biology: Printing 3D models of cells, viruses, organs
The Polar 3D Specs: The first personal 3D printer based on polar coordinates. Designed for classrooms/home-use, the printer boasts a 50-micron layer resolution, built-in HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a round, rotatable, slidable platform.
Dimensions: 8" x 12.5" by 14"
Weight: 10.3 lbs
Build Dimensions: 8" diameter x 6" height
Build Volume: 300 cubic inches
Filament Type: PLA
Filament Size: 1.75mm
SRP: $799 (School/Student Price: $599)
Polar Ambassadors: The Ambassador program encourages students and educators to get enthusiastic about 3D printing and its technology as well as the 3D community. For details on how to become a Polar Ambassador visit polar3d.com/ambassador.
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