OLO 3D Printer For Smartphones Exceeded Funding Goal 10 Times Over

Posted: Mar 25 2016, 3:40am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 27 2016, 7:58am CDT, in News | Technology News

OLO 3D Printer for Smartphones Exceeded Funding Goal 10 Times Over

The First Ever Smartphone 3D Printer. At $99. Portable and multi-material works accurately for professionals and easy for new users.

A US-based company has designed a portable device that lets you turn any smartphone into a 3D printer using the light from the touchscreen to process your plastic creations. The OLO smartphone 3D printer raised over $787,000 in the first days of a crowd funding campaign, exceeding goal by factor of 10.

Update: OLO 3D smartphone printer raised over $1 million in 5 Days

The gadget called OLO is designed to be simple to understand and operate, and is battery-operated and fully portable, weighing just 780 grams according to the Kickstarter project page for OLO.

The device consists of three parts: A reservoir, which holds 400 cubic cm of printing volume; 100-gram bottles of colored photopolymer resin to build your objects with; and a mechanized lid, under which the build plate and control electronics are tightly arranged.

First, you have to load a schematic of your object into the OLO mobile app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows) and then fit your smartphone into the base under the reservoir. A piece of polarized glass is installed into the base, which your phone’s touchscreen will be facing when set in place.

Once you place the lid on top and the printer starts going, the app makes your phone’s screen light up with a specific pattern. The polarized glass then takes all this light (which shines outwardly to give your phone a wider viewing angle) and redirects it so that all the photons are traveling straight upward.

So as your phone’s screen beams light up into the reservoir, the directed light causes a layer of resin to harden onto the build plate, which slowly moves upward as each new layer is created.

The gadget is priced at $99 and its first shipments are expected to start in September.

We have added the OLO Smartphone 3D Printer into our Hottest Gadgets of 2016 list.

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