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The First Smartphone 3D Printer is Now Live on Kickstarter

by • March 20, 2016 • No Comments

  • Well, today’s the day that the initially smartphone 3D printing device has hit 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 Wiiv Wearbles – I mayn’t be surprised if the OLO campaign does not 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 printing device ($79 for early birds).

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    OLO is a uniquely elegant and powerful device. On the one hand, the 3D printing device is effortless in terms of actual mechanics. Sin fact components, that include the injection molded shell and a single Z-axis motor, manufacture up the printing device itself. But, by relying on a user’s smartphone (iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone) as the soul of the system, OLO becomes amazingly powerful. Via the OLO smartphone app, masks of light are projected of the phone onto the printing device’s resin tray, complexening each slice of an object as the OLO lifts it out of the vat layer by layer. In this way, OLO is approximately like the Google Cardboard of 3D printing. It takes an revolutionary tool that may already exists, the smartphone, and uses it to power an entirely new application that opens up endless possibilities.

    Why, and so, hasn’t such a device hit the market preceding? Say, by via existing material for DLP or SLA 3D printing devices? The key ingredient that manufactures OLO possible is the resin. Unlike other photopolymer 3D printing devices, like the Form 2 or the Ember, OLO does not rely on UV resin, that requires lasers or digital UV projectors to power the printing system. 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 complexened into a 3D object via an ordinary smartphone.

    Now, customers can head over to the OLO Kickstarter campaign and purchase OLO, along with packages of this specialty resin, to start 3D printing in a amazingly wide variety of materials and colors: complex, white Solid 80 Poly; flexible Red 60 Poly; flexible Yellow 60 Poly; flexible Blue 60 Poly; complex Black 80 Poly; castable, grey Wax 30 Poly; translucent Clear 50 Poly; and the amber, elastic Soft 30 Poly resins. All of the materials can be rinsed under running water to be removed of the print bed. And, as you can tell of these names, OLO may already has a rather dimensionsable materials portfolio, giving it a number of applications right out of the box, such as creating castable jewelry or flexible prototypes.

    olo 3D printing device with resins

    But these industrial applications donate OLO the capacity to rival high-end machines in the jewelry, dental, and electronics markets, its proposed user friendliness has consumers in mind, as well. OLO runs on four AA batteries and requires no external desktop, other than a smartphone, producing it completely wireless. Solido3D has in fact devised the yett of a 3D telegram, in that users can send files to one another that aren’t announced until they’ve been printed. And its petite dimensions of 6.8” x 4.5” x 5.8” manufacture it transportable.

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    The print volume, yet tiny, is nothing to balk at, yet. At 3” x 5” x 2”, OLO prints objects only a bit tinyer than the Autodesk Ember, that has a volume of of 2.5” x 1.6” x 5.3”. And it can complete layer thicknesses as satisfactory as 36 microns (0.036mm), with a resolution of 42 microns (0.042 mm). OLO’s manufacturers say that the device in addition features auto-leveling and that the flexible create plate manufactures for effortless print removal.

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    In response to our last article on OLO, readers had a few concerns of a few of the details of the project, for instance, related to the bottles of resin and the animated .gif utilized in the marketing materials. I reached out to the the manufacturers of OLO, Filippo Moroni and Pietro Gabriele of Solido3D, to ask them why they had utilized a translucent bottles in their promos if their resin is daylight-sensitive. As it turns out, this was a marketing choice to feature the colors of the resins. I learned that, in order to complexen the material, the resin must be in close proximity to the light source. Keeping it in a translucent bottle posed no real problem for the video shoot, but for long-term preservation, OLO’s resins can in fact be packaged in aluminum canisters.

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    The animated .gif I utilized in the previous article in addition created not have been depicting the 3D printing system as accurately as it should have. The OLO team has since created public a video of OLO in fact working with an iPhone 6. Clearly less stylistic than the animated .gif, the video features a cutaway of OLO 3D printing an object and, of the appears of it, there quite is no reason to believe that this is not the real deal.

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    Their credibility is additional validated by the fact that Solid03D is a part of the dimensionsabler Fonderie Digitali, a network of Italian businesses that in addition comes with such significant and reputable businesses as WASP and D-Shape. So far, it appears like the Solido3D team has been rather open of the innovation, for the many part, so, if you have any inquiries, I’m certain they’d be pleased to answer them.

    To me, the many amazing aspect of the innovation is the fact that of one-third of the world’s population is may already carrying a smartphone around in their pocket. 3D printing has been scoffed at by the likes of Terry Gou, CEO of Foxconn, and others who have called the innovation a gimmick and assumed that it won’t manufacture it into each home any day soon. OLO proves, yet, that, for only $99, it may quite well end up in the homes of anyone who owns a smartphone. As a outcome, OLO may be one of the many democratizing 3D printing devices to have hit the market not long ago. Now, we will only have to wait for it to leap off of the pages of Kickstarter and into the pages of history.

    Update 3/21/2016, 10:26 am PST: As I write this update, of 6 minutes after the project went live, it has may already completed half of its Kickstarter goal. I watched it reach $30K in only three minutes.

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    Update 3/21/2016, 10:38 am PST: The campaign is approximately at its goal with of $15K left to go.

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    Update 3/21/2016, 10:51 am PST: Ok, so I was wrong of how long it may take for them to fulfill their goal. I’d said an hour when, in reality, it was in fact thirty minutes. I have to appear into this additional, but, I may say that this was the fastest-fulfilled Kickstarter campaign in history? And, if it keeps going like this, I mayn’t be surprised if it becomes the many fulfilled in history, too.

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