Pollen Pam is a 3D printer capable of combining various materials

Printers that print with multi-colored or even materials of different composition are no longer a novelty. However, all existing copies are not compact, but cost a fortune. The French start-up Pollen, which developed the Pam printer, took over to change the situation. It is capable of combining various materials in one object, together with which it is compact, and at the price comparable to conventional Stratasys printers.

Pollen Pam simultaneously works with four different materials, among which may be: polylactide (PLA, plastic for printers), silicone, composites, wood mixed with polylactide. The printer has 4 nozzles with a print accuracy of up to 45 microns and a print speed of about 420 mm / s.

As a starting material, special capsules filled with granules are used, not threads. The printer can also mix multiple materials. It can be used to print, for example, shoes with a hard plastic base and flexible silicone upper, sunglasses, watchbands, vases or surfboards.

The maximum heating temperature of the "ink" is 360 degrees, which allows using various natural fibers, minerals and even metals as raw materials. The dimensions of the printer are 71.2 x 81.5 cm. The printing mechanism is attached to a suspended aluminum platform with a diameter of 30 cm.

Proprietary software called Honneyprint supports all standard 3D object formats, and is available for any computer or tablet that can remotely control the printer via Wi-Fi. Pollen Pam costs 8, 000 euros.