3D printers for the home usually cost between few hundred dollars to several thousands depending on the model, but OLO 3D Inc. has created a $99 3D printer that prints objects using your smartphone screen and photopolymers (aka daylight resins) that harden with light.
You’ll first need to install OLO 3D Android or iOS app in your phone, load a 3D object either from a library, created with 3D software, or scanned with apps such as Autodesk 123D Catch, set your phone in airplane mode with WiFi disabled, connect it to the power adapter, place it in a bed at the bottom of OLO printer, and tap on print. Now place the printer bed and printing chamber, and pour your selected resin that comes in various colors, and hard or flexible material type, and finally place the top cover in order to start printing. You’ll need to be patient as it takes about 46 minutes to print a 1 cm object, and close to 2 hours for a one inch object using an iPhone 6. Accuracy and speed will depend on your phone resolution, brightness and contrast. Once the print is completed, you can clean it up with warm water, and you may want to leave it cure under sunlight. You can put the remaining resin back into the bottle. The resin bottles will actually be black, as the resin must be protected from ambient light.
OLO 3D printer works with phones with dimensions up to 82 x 62x x 10mm, and prints objects as large as 76mm x 128mm x 52mm.
The Kickstarter camnpaign went viral, and with 22 days to go, OLO has raised 1.3 million dollars blasting through the $80,000 funding target. OLO 3D printer can now be had for $99 with a white resin bottle. A bottle of resin will typical cost around $15, and printing a small object cost around $1 in resin. Since Kickstarter is limited to one pledge, you’ll be able to order more resin on BackerKit later on. Shipping adds $29 to most countries, except for some reasons (likely a mistake) to some countries such as Brazil, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. Delivery is scheduled for September 2016 to the US, and October 2016 to the rest of the world.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.