Tech Breakdown: Kodak Portrait 3D Printer
The new Portrait 3D printer from Kodak is a well-designed machine that fits well into office, classroom, and manufacturing workflows.
The new Portrait 3D printer from Kodak is a well-designed machine that fits well into office, classroom, and manufacturing workflows. With upgraded standard features and a collection of materials from Kodak, this 3D printer will stand the test of time with its steel-frame construction and high-grade components.
Overview of the Kodak Portrait Fully-Enclosed 3D Printer
The Kodak Portrait has a better than average build volume of 200mm x 200mm x 235 mm (7.8 x 7.8 x 9.2 in). It is also equipped with these upgraded components right out of the box:
- Dual, Genuine E3D hotends
- Dual, E3D Titan Aero Extruders
- Capricorn PTFE tubing
- 5” Touchscreen
Users will also benefit from the following features of the Kodak Portrait 3D printer:
- Fully Automatic Bed Leveling
- Filament RunOut Sensor
- Build Plate Camera
- Easy to Remove Print Cores
- WiFi Enabled
- Weight 24.4 kg
The dual-extrusion system is equipped with an E3D v6 on the main hotend and an E3D Lite6 on the secondary hotend. Both hotends are fed filament in a Bowden configuration with two, E3D Titan Aero extruders. The print cores are easy to remove with only one screw to separate them from the print head, and they can easily be swapped out for another choice; this is true on both hotends. The filament is directed to the hotends with ultra-smooth Capricorn PTFE tubing. Everything is run by a 32-bit Smoothieware board. Users can also remotely monitor their print jobs with the built-in camera.
The advantages of the Kodak Portrait 3D printer make it a reliable pick for a variety of applications, from schools and offices to the manufacturing floor. The auto-leveling uses the nozzles themselves to calculate the virtual mesh for the entire bed, ensuring a solid base layer. The Smoothieware board allows the Portrait to print quickly and accurately, up to a possible four times faster than other 3D printers. It also allows for more accurate 3D printing, with resolutions ranging from 20-250 microns with a 0.4mm nozzle.
In addition to the resolution and print speed of the Kodak Portrait, the touchscreen gives the user another easy access point to monitor, pause, change and restart prints at any stage. This helps save on filament, and time, and gets the user to a successful print quickly and easily. With WiFi enabled, all these changes can be made remotely with user support with the included software, 3DPrinterOS.
Kodak has also released a robust library of filament for use with the Portrait, including PLA, PLA+, PLA Tough, ABS, Nylon, PETG, and TPU. Because the Kodak Portrait 3D printer is fully enclosed, users can take advantage of all these materials more.
Final Takeaway on the Kodak Portrait 3D Printer
The Kodak Portrait 3D printer boasts some of the best-upgraded stock components in an out-of-the-box 3D printer. The setup was simple, the connectivity is great for multiple machines, the full enclosure grants access to more robust materials, and because of the easy monitoring capabilities, anyone would benefit from adding the Kodak Portrait as a high-resolution, user-friendly solution.