3DPrinterOS, a leading software provider for 3D printers, announced it will be powering Smart international’s upcoming KODAK Portrait 3D Printers. Under the partnership, all KODAK Portrait 3D Printers will come bundled with 3DPrinterOS Cloud 3D Printer Management, with the goal of driving mass adoption of the technology in educational institutions and enterprises.
Backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Silicon Valley-based 3DPrinterOS currently powers printers for thousands of students at top universities such as Duke, Yale and Harvard. The company will expand its presence in professional organizations by combining its expertise with Smart International, Kodak’s global brand licensee for 3D Printing.
Adoption of 3D printers by educational institutions and enterprises has been slower than expectations. 3D printers have not been designed to be deployed in these settings, plus the machines have typically been expensive, unreliable and hard to use. Additionally, most current offerings haven’t offered the ability to track users, files and analytics, making it difficult for owners to justify return on investment.
The KODAK Portrait Printer is designed with steel forged hardware, and backed by a 4-year warranty. It also comes standard with industry-leading features such as a safety-enclosed temperature controlled chamber for protection from fumes, dual extrusion with lifting nozzles, supporting temperatures up to 300°C degrees and vacuum-sealed KODAK 3D Printing Filaments to protect against moisture and dust. KODAK Filaments also have been engineered for moisture control and dimensional accuracy. The 3D printer is available at a retail price of $2,999.
With 3DPrinterOS’s leading software, KODAK Portrait Printer owners will have access to a reliable, centralized system for managing users, printers, print queues, design files and material expenses through any web browser or device. Owners will be able to track statistics on each user, per design and per machine basis, providing granular-level data about filament used, and other printing data, such as the reasons for print failure, to help improve performance over time.
Users will be able to import and manage design files from 3rd party design tools such as Autodesk, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, SpaceClaim, and others; upload files to the cloud to access and print from anywhere; live view objects being printed without being physically present in the room; and access all iterations of a file to easily reprint models and track success.