3DBaz– Well, today’s the day that the First 3D Printer Smartphone is featuring in Kickstarter. Will this be a day for the history e-books? Given the track record of 3D printing-related crowdfunding campaigns – Formlabs, the 3Doodler, and Wiivv Wearbles – I wouldn’t be surprised if the OLO campaign doesn’t reach its humble $80,000 goal in an hour, let alone a day. After all, the firm behind OLO, Solido3D, is asking $99 for a device that converts your phone into a 3D printer ($79 for early birds).
OLO is a uniquely elegant and powerful device. On the one hand, the 3D printer is simple in terms of actual mechanics. Seven components, including the injection molded shell and a single Z-axis motor, make up the printer itself. However, by relying on a user’s smartphone (iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone) as the soul of the system, OLO becomes incredibly powerful. Via the OLO smartphone app, masks of light are projected from the phone onto the printer’s resin tray, hardening each slice of an object as the OLO lifts it out of the vat layer by layer. In this way, OLO is almost like the Google Cardboard of 3D printing. It takes an ingenious tool that already exists, the smartphone, and uses it to power an entirely new application that opens up endless possibilities.
Why, then, hasn’t such a device hit the market before? Say, by using existing material for DLP or SLA 3D printers? The key ingredient that makes OLO possible is the resin. Unlike other photopolymer 3D printers, like the Form 2 or the Ember, OLO doesn’t rely on UV resin, which requires lasers or digital UV projectors to power the printing process. OLO relies on a new generation of resins that can be cured by ordinary white light. Developed by industry partners, OLO’s daylight-reactive material can be hardened into a 3D object using an ordinary smartphone.
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