A recent article by Michael Pachter, co-founder and CEO of Pachton Technologies, shows the growing interest in hardware printers, with the most notable brands being Canon, Apple, and Dell.
In addition, Pachting also noted that several major companies have started to adopt new products, like the Intel-based Dell OptiPlex.
In a statement, Dell CEO Meg Whitman said: “We’ve been making a lot of progress with the OptiPods, and we look forward to sharing more on this new generation of technology.”
Pachtens recent acquisition of the printers, however, may not be enough for him to capitalize on his own new technology.
Pachtridge noted that the technology is far from perfect, and the company has yet to offer a clear path to market.
“The optics in the Optics Lab and in the printer will be the key for our new printers, but our main goal is to get the optics right,” Pachts statement reads.
“Dell’s optical and print engineering capabilities and expertise will be a huge advantage.”
Dell is not alone in adopting the OpticLab platform.
HP, Dell, and HP+ have all been exploring the Optifluid platform.
However, there are some significant obstacles to this nascent industry.
For one, there is still no clear path for the industry to move forward.
“It’s going to take a while for everyone to get to the point where the technology itself is actually usable,” Pichts statement continues.
“Until then, we’ll have to rely on other companies and other people.”
Pichtens previous acquisition of OptiPrinter included a new desktop system, a smartphone-based solution, and a “next generation of printers.”
Pechts acquisition of Dell Optifilms first desktop system may be a major boon for the company, as the company is not just trying to compete with Apple, but also against Google, Amazon, and others.
However the company’s focus on a future of high-end hardware could prove problematic, as Pachters new platform has some potential pitfalls.
Pichting said that the new Opticlab hardware will not be compatible with current desktop PC designs.
The company’s new platform will not offer a solution for all of the new desktop users, but it is designed to be “as simple as possible,” Pachtts statement continued.
“OpticLab will not take you to the next level.
We want you to be able to create something really amazing, just by having a little bit of technology, a little more power, a lot more functionality.”
Pochters own printer is not a consumer product.
Instead, Pachtter is building the new platform for his own personal use.
The printer is designed for professionals, so Pachs “professional” use of the device is not expected to be as big of a deal as Pacht’s previous acquisition.
The goal is that “you don’t need a PC to use OpticPrinters printers,” Pochts statement says.
“You just need to use the software.”
Pochets new platform, however might not be ideal for the vast majority of users.
Many of the features that make up the OptimatiPods functionality are designed for a small number of people, so a majority of OpticPods users would be unable to easily add the Optihook app to their computers.
It is also unclear how many people are likely to want to upgrade to the new system, which may limit the potential for new hardware purchases.
Another major obstacle to Pach’s platform, which is still in the early stages, is that there are a few limitations on how the hardware works.
The system can only print from a single document at a time.
For example, if you wanted to print a 3D model of a wedding band, the OptiviPics software could only handle that.
The printers are also not meant to be used with the Adobe Creative Suite, which was recently added to the list of third-party software that is allowed to run on Pachits printers.
The Optic Lab platform also does not support the new version of Windows, and Pachttes “premium” desktop software does not work on the new printer.
It remains to be seen whether Pachten’s new hardware will be able become the go-to solution for many of the desktop users who have not yet upgraded to the OptinLab platform, or if it will simply be a novelty.
Pachtting is not the only one who is trying to make a splash in the printing space.
Another company, called Pachtun, has been developing a similar printer, but is yet to get a full-fledged product ready for consumers.
Pichters new OptiLab printer is available now, and you can see a video of the printer in action below.
You can find the Pachtu printer below.