OLO 3D Smartphone Printer Raised Over $2 Million In Crowdfunding

Posted: Apr 8 2016, 1:27am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

OLO 3D Smartphone Printer Raised over $2 Million in Crowdfunding

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The $99 OLO 3D Smartphone printer continues to attract backers. The project has now surpassed $2 million in funding.

The OLO 3D smartphone printer continues to be a big hit on Kickstarter. The project passed the magic $1 million mark in the first 5 days. Now 12 days before the crowdfunding campaign ends, the OLO team received over $2 million from over 14,000 packers. The OLO team initially only just asked for $80,000.

In a comment the team behind the $99 Smartphone 3D printer said: "We are so grateful to all of our Backers for making our OLO campaign such an astounding success! We reached $2,000,000 today! Thank you! Thank you to all of you for your pledges. Thank you to all of you who have posted your feedback in the comments. Thank you to all of you who have reached out to us personally. Together we are making history, and making 3D printing accessible to everyone! We could not be more grateful to each and every one of you."

The OLO 3D smartphone printer is the first ever smartphone 3D Printer selling for only $99. I am personally impressed by the OLO 3D printer and have joined ranks of backers and ordered a OLO 3D Pro Pack with extra resin for $129. Note that there is $29 shipping charge, but that does not change the appeal of the OLO 3D printer.

The OLO 3D printer is designed to be simple to understand and operate, and is battery-operated and fully portable, weighing 780g.

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. Watch the OLO 3D Kickstarter video below.

The OLO Smartphone 3D Printer is the latest entry in the I4U News Hottest Gadgets of 2016 list.

Get your OLO 3D printer on the Kickstarter project page.

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