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Posted on July 13, 2016 by  & 

PAM, the new-generation 3D printer

After five years of Research & Development, Cédric Michel and Victor Roux, the two founders of Pollen AM, announce the market launch of PAM, the new-generation 3D printer.
PAM uses only clean, environment-friendly materials and has the broadest range of materials available on the market. Pollen can also develop specific materials on demand. The PAM printer heads use autonomous and versatile technology to produce perfectly functional pieces made of composite and plant-based materials (wood, etc.), rigid or supple objects (silicones, etc.), that are ready to use without any post-processing.
In short, PAM is revolutionary since it allows printing that is:
  • multi-material: up to four different materials per production run, on the fly
  • adapted to the material mix: two materials mixed on the fly for better appearance and more functions
  • associated with a smart platform: no post-processing - the object is ready to use.
For Cédric Michel, astrophysicist and co-founder of Pollen AM: "Existing additive manufacturing solutions are complex, expensive and don't offer a really satisfying result. In addition, they are limited to producing prototypes and not pieces with immediately commercial properties and appearance. Our - patented - production process overcomes these limitations: for the first time, it is possible to manufacture perfectly functional products on demand, locally and effortlessly."
Victor Roux, artistic director and co-founder of Pollen AM, says: "Our team has spent almost five years inventing, developing and testing a proprietary technology that meets designers' quality requirements and solves multi-material issues for engineers, resulting in a completely autonomous process within the reach of all. We did this using high performance, exclusively bio-sourced materials as the building blocks."
Honeyprint, the software at the heart of Pam
From the mathematical models governing Pam to the user interface. Pollen's team designed each line of its software to guarantee optimal quality and maximum versatility. The core principle of Honeyprint is to evolve alongside its users, thereby enabling improved performances, whether digital or mechanical, over time.
Remote control. Anywhere, any machine. No installation required.
Management of production. Storage, analysis and surveillance of 3D on- the-fly production models.
Designed for growth. From one PAM to 100.
Any file format. STL, amf, obj ... from any CAD software.
Upgrading & upscaling. Automatically, thanks to a proprietary Cloud solution.
API. Gives access to all parameters for customised control.
  • Speed: six times faster (400mm/s)* 1
  • Precision: 2.5 times more accurate (40μ)*
  • Volume: 3.5 times higher (21,000 cm3)*
  • Production cost: one-fifth the cost +/- €10/kg)*
  • Resins & composites: the largest list of compatible materials to date2
  • Clean materials: for healthy and responsible manufacturing and viable applications that meet the standards.
  • Accessible: already available in very vast quantities, across the world, and at low cost.
  • Multi-materials: up to four materials per object - simultaneously.
  • Mix of materials: four materials mixed on the fly for better appearance and more functions.
  • Smart platform: no post-processing: your object is ready to use.
  • One active patent, one in study phase and seven others to be filed by end 2017.
Source and top image: Pollen AM
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