Many 3D printing experts agree that the most challenging aspect for a 3D printer, these days is to efficiently print using more than one material at a time. They believe that this is the next step in the evolution of the 3D printing industry. As early as right now, the top 3D printing companies are constantly finding ways to surmount this huge obstacle and continue to expand the capabilities of their individual products. In fact, some of the leading makers of 3D printers have started producing their own multi-material 3D printers each having varied degrees of success.
Enter Pam, a product of a French company called Pollen. Pam is their answer to the need for multi-material printers. Targeted for the professional crowd, Pam is aimed to produce business products while mixing a number of materials. Pam can combine up to 4 different materials in one printing and can use a wide selection of materials like carbon, minerals, natural fibers and even metals.
Pam is loaded with pellets of a wide range of raw materials that include silicones, composites, plastics and thermoplastics and a lot more. These materials are at industrial grade quality. The printer can reach up to 350 degrees Celsius, which allows the printer to manipulate these materials easily.
Pam also has the capability of mixing these various materials together to create a whole lot of variations and colors. It also comes with the software needed to run the printer, 4 nozzles of different sizes and a heated aluminum build plate.
Pollen says that their 3D printer Pam is capable of a large print volume of 30 by 30 cm at a resolution of 40 μ. When printing with multiple materials, Pam can reach speeds of up to 400 mm/s. It also has Ethernet and Wi-Fi enabled so the operator can use and access the printer via web browser.
Another interesting feature is that the printing software is added to the printer so users can print without using a computer.
This 3D multi material printer was built not for the consumer market, but for office and business use. Pollen is using the business world to be a springboard for them to launch their very own 3D multi material printer Pam.
With the business sector in mind, it is no surprise that Pam was built to be a good deal for a competitive business. Pam can create a whole selection of products including lamps, complete eyeglasses, decorations and a lot more. The business applications are numerous as well. It can be utilized in making prototypes for designs or even new fashion creations with just a push of a button.
Pollen is coming up with a limited edition package for business and corporations. The package includes all the mentioned components of Pam plus a Quick start pack which will be the essential guide to mastering Pam and Honeyprint which is the software for Pam. It also includes tips on how to utilize Pam to the fullest extent.