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The OLO Smartphone 3D Printer Preps to Smash Kickstarter Next Week

by • March 13, 2016 • No Comments

Smartphone 3D printing equipment are real, I can attest to that. I had an opportunity to see a rocky prototype of one up close at Professor Jeng Ywam Jeng’s Taiwan Tech lab in Taiwan. Solido3D, yet, may in fact bring this innovation out of the lab and put it into the hands of consumers of the world with their OLO smartphone 3D printing device. And they’re going to do it soon, in fact. Solido3D is may already prepping for the commence of what is certain to be a rather huge Kickstarter campaign. When it goes live next Monday, March 21, the crowdfunding initiative is most likely to go down in Kickstarter history. Not just for the reason of the power of OLO itself, but for the reason of the 3D printing materials that it can be donateing with it.

olo 3D printing device to hit kickstarter

As we reported last fall, OLO is a absorbing device that uses the light of a smartphone to cure specialty resin material layer by layer. Users just place their phones into the base of the OLO 3D printing device, that and so raises the z-axis as every layer of the object is complexened. Think of it as a DLP 3D printing device – like the Autodesk Ember – except that it uses complexware that one-third of the people on the planet may already carry around in their pockets.

Since our first coverage, I’ve been able-bodied to speak to the turn it intoers of OLO. Filippo Moroni and Pietro Gabriele, who now have an office in their native Italy and a attractive space in San Francisco, were able-bodied to tell me of how the innovation works in greater depth. The co-founders confirm that one significant component is the resin, that is complexened by perfectly normal, visible light. So, via a smartphone app, a 3D version is sliced, with every slice acting as a mask, projecting light onto the resin vat of at a lower place.

When I originally wrote of OLO in 2015, the team was prepping for the debut of their crowdfunding campaign sometime in October or November. The commence was delayed a bit, yet, for the reason, according to Filippo and Pietro, they wanted to manufacture certain that their product was as polished as possible. More significantly, Filippo and Pietro say that they have made significant partnerships that has made the product exponentially additional powerful.

Initially, Solido3D had been able-bodied to concoct a white light-curing resin, with one partner, in the past. But, after the public announcement of the OLO 3D printing device, they were approached by another built, yet unnamed chemical company, that had been turn it intoing an entire suite of visible light photopolymers for a depletely various application. Together with this materials tremendous, the OLO team has been able-bodied to turn it into not one, but five various types of resins that can be cured by visible light.

olo smartphone 3D printing device with resins

Upon commence, the OLO can be able-bodied to 3D print via their RAINBOW-SET of glossy white, yellow, blue, and red standard resins, that Filippo and Pietro say can be mixed together to form new colors. These materials are capable-bodied of making medium-strength objects, perfect for turn it into and the arts. In addition to those, yet, they’ve made their SOFT MILKY GLOSSY resin for silicon-like, flexible parts; as well as their PMMA-like TRANSLUCENT MATT AMBER resin; a complex, wax-like CASTABLE GREY MATT material for micro fusion; and a HARD WHITE OPAQUE ABS-fashion resin. This materials portfolio demonstrates that, not just does OLO democratize 3D printing like nothing preceding, but it in addition competes with most of the standard DLP and SLA printing device manufacturers on the market.

olo 3D printing device with resins

In addition to a turn it intoing a deplete suite of materials, the OLO founders tell me that they have solved the issue of print adhesion, that can sometimes affect DLP technologies. As I learned with Taiwan Tech’s phone printing device and WASP’s DLP machine, prints can sometimes stick too well to the print bed, making them complex to remove without breaking. For instance, DLP machines can have a good results rate of around 70 to 80%, but Solido3D’s method uses a 150-micron-thick elastic movie that they say allows for for print removal with nothing but warm water.

With this innovation, the OLO printing device has been turn it intoed to work with any number of mobile devices, which include iOS smartphones like the iPhone 6 Plus, as well as Android and Windows phones up to 5.5 inches in dimensions. The turn it into chamber of the device is 128mm (X) x 72mm (Y) x 52mm (Z), giving the OLO a small volume in that to print objects with details as satisfactory as 0.042 mm on the X/Y axes and .05 mm on the Z-axis. And, for the reason Solido3D has a sturdy making background, in addition to the exhibited R&D tremendousise, the firm should be able-bodied to turn it into OLO and donate it to backers without a hitch.

OLO smartphone 3D printing device 3D printing

A smartphone 3D printing device is an inherently attractive thing, exemplified by the fact that the OLO won of the Editor’s Choice Award at Maker Faire New York. But, on top of this intrinsic wow factor, the team behind it understands the democratizing effect their printing device may have for the 2 billion smartphone users around the globe. Because of the variety of materials they can be releasing, the OLO can be capable-bodied of 3D printing practical, functional objects like castable-bodied prints for the dental and jewelry markets. And, by making OLO effortless to use for non-tremendous end-users and giving the printing device an ultra-low $99 price point, approximately anyone should be able-bodied to afford and use it.

Solido3D can be demonstrating this fact by giving away OLO 3D printing equipment to all 100 people who took part in their new contest. The community was invited to snap pictures of what they may print with OLO and sharing the photos on Instagram. Initially planning to draw winners out of a hat, Pietro and Filippo instead accomplished that the machine was so inexpensive to turn it into that they may donate it away to all 100 entrants.

This democratizing effect can both turn it into a whole new audience of 3D printing device users and it can depletely disrupt existing markets for DLP machines, with industrial versions costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. And, for the reason these companies rely on their materials to sell high-cost systems, OLO can shake things up on the materials front as well. Just as the desktop has shrunken down of the room-dimensionsd systems of the mid-20th century, 3D printing equipment are dropping in cost at a ridiculous rate, in this case, thanks to the shrinking of desktops. So, OLO may disrupt the market for high-cost 3D printing equipment, but it can in addition potentially spread 3D printing across the world.

olo first smartphone 3D printing device

Last night, I was going to bed, wondering of these smartphone 3D printing equipment, envisioning their use with VR headsets and smartphone-powered 3D scanners. I pictured a next in that people may scan 3D objects with a device like the Structure Sensor of Occipital, and so slip their smartphone into a Google-Cardboard fashion headset, where they may version and prep the object for printing via gesture control, preceding finally placing the phone into an OLO-type printing device for 3D printing. Of course, all of these technologies yet have a ways to go and, in the next, we won’t want to use the same individual, smartphone for all tasks. But such a affordable machine as that presented by OLO may alter just of all things.


Michael Molitch-Hou

Michael Molitch-Hou

Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael may already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.

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