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This $99 device transforms any smartphone into a 3D printer – ScienceAlert

by • March 23, 2016 • No Comments

We store hearing of the awe-inspiring applications of 3D printing devices, such as home-made braces (don’t in fact try at home), toys, Terminator-style creations that rise of molten plastic baths, and, you know, human ears, but despite the innovation being cheaper and additional accessible than at any time, you most likely don’t have too most folks in your life (if any) who in fact use a 3D printing device for real.
Well, if devices like the OLO are anything to go on, that may all be of to alter. The OLO is a $99 gadget that lets you turn any smartphone into a 3D printing device, and uses the light of the touch screen to system your plastic creations.

The whole thing is turn it intod to be super-simple to know and operate, and is battery-operated and fully transportable, weighing only 780 grams (1.7 lb) and measuring 17.2 x 11.5 x 14.8 cm (6.8 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches).
It consists of three parts: a reservoir, that holds 400 cubic cm of printing volume; 100-gram bottles of coloured photopolymer resin to turn it into your objects with; and a mechanised lid, under that the turn it into plate and control electronics are tightly arranged.
So how do you use it? First, you have to load a schematic of your object into the OLO mobile app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows) and and so fit your smartphone into the base under the reservoir. A piece of polarised glass is installed into the base, that your phone’s touch screen can be facing when set in place. Even the sizeable iPhone 6S+ can apparently fit.
So comes the printing part, that Drew Prindle explains over at Digital Trends:
“Basically, once you place the lid on top and the printing device begins going, the app manufactures your phone’s screen light up with a specific pattern. The polarised glass and so takes all this light (that shines outwardly to donate your phone a wider viewing angle) and redirects it so that all the photons are travelling straight upward.
So as your phone’s screen beams light up into the reservoir, the directed light causes a layer of resin to complexen onto the turn it into plate, that slowly moves upward as equite new layer is turn it intod.”
Prindle adds that it uses the same basic functions as a Digital Light Projection (DLP) printing device, but replaces the big, quite expensive projector with your smartphone screen.

The team behind the innovation has in addition turn it intod an entirely new type of resin to use with the OLO. Called ‘daylight resin’, it’s been specifically turn it intod to react to the white light that our smartphone screens emit.
As Stanley Goodner reports for Gizmag, specific ‘pixels’ of the resin can be exposed to the smartphone light for a sure amount of time to alter it of a liquid to a solid, and your object is turn it intod pixel by pixel, layer by layer.
“Users have the version to turn it into creations that are complex, flexible, fusible, flexy, or elastic, mimicking acquainted substances of PMMA, ABS, complex wax, soft PVC, and silicon,” says Goodner. “The OLO mobile app calculates the necessary amount of resin required per print in order to minimise/eliminate waste.”
The gadget is may already being funded on Kickbeginer, but has apparently smashed its US$80,000 goal may already.
According to Gizmag, it raised 507 percent of its $80,000 goal in two days, and there are yet 28 days left of the campaign, so it looks like this thing is going to be talked about .
First shipments of the OLO are expected to begin in September.

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