OLO 3D enables anyone to print three dimensional objects directly from their smartphone, using a new material called daylight resin.
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Over the last few years, 3D printing has grown from a futuristic manufacturing technique with great potential to an affordable design solution. Now, the OLO 3D smartphone printer is about to make it even more accessible. The portable, multi-material device is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter and has already raised over USD 1.5m.
OLO 3D is a USD 99 device that enables anyone to print three dimensional objects directly from their smartphone, using a new material called daylight resin. To begin, users select an image of a 3D object — this can either be something they have designed themselves or a ready-made design from the OLO library. Then, they place the device on top of their touch screen smartphone and pour in the resin, in a colour of their choice. From there, the device uses the white light that emanates from the phone’s screen to form the object, which takes approximately one hour. The object hardens in the box and LED light on the outside lets the crafter know when it is time to open OLO up. The device works with a variety of 3D apps and can make objects up to 3x5x2 inches.
Kickstarter backers can currently pre-order the OLO 3D printer with a variety of resins from USD 99. How else could smartphones be used to make creative pursuits more accessible?