All tech geeks celebrate! The world’s first ever smartphone 3D printer is here and it promises not to break your wallet because OLO 3D Inc is swooping in with years of 3D printing tech behind them to finally democratise and mobilise the industry for the masses. Question is – are YOU ready? More details below.
Want the ultimate cloning machine that looks better than Dolly the Sheep for under $100?
Then, take your smartphone and attach it to the extremely handy and portable OLO 3D printer and before you can say “Holy Bats!”, you just have yourselves the ultimate 3D machine that promises to change the way we print.
Tore your pants and need a quick patch up? Glue came off your sneaks? Baseball cap got soaked in mud at that baseball game? Well, tomboys, you can now scoff at all your wardrobe malfunctions and more. Like a superhero on speed, the OLO 3D printer is a nifty piece of geek-ware you can stuff in your backpack to impress your friends while on the go.
Granted, it would take you some time before your 3D creation is ready because it really depends on the complexity of your printing request. Like a genie in a bottle, OLO 3D Inc’s latest invention – the world’s first ever smartphone 3D printer is set to make waves in the tech consumer world if the project is successfully crowd funded because along with great tech, comes great disruption.
So, how does this little gizmo do it? Well, simply by using light from your smartphone and special photosensitive resins to create objects that raises the printing platform as your object grows. There’s no manual calibration required and it’s compatible with tonnes of 3D apps, making it one of the easiest printers in the market to use.
According to the company’s profile, OLO 3D Inc. is the latest creation of Filippo Moroni and Pietro Gabriele, the co-founders of Solido3D, an Italian 3D printing and design firm. The two have been working together in the field of 3D printing and design for over 15 years. They are also the founders of Fonderie Digitali , or “Digital Foundry” in English, a collective of different companies that have come together to collaborate on everything from 3D printers to smart cars. They have already successfully designed and brought to market (both in America and Europe) several different 3D printers, so yeah, these guys know what they’re doing.
With OLO’s release, they are transforming from an Italian company to a multinational one with regional headquarters in both Rome and San Francisco. It can truly be said that OLO 3D Inc. brings the best of Italian engineering to the classic American start-up.
OLO debuted at the Maker Faire NYC in 2015, winning an Editor’s Choice ribbon and since then, response has been amazing (in 3D, of course). The printer’s development involved 24 people and 11 companies from 6 different countries (America, Italy, England, Japan, China, and Mexico) and has taken around 2 years where the teams have been hard at work perfecting everything about it, from its case, its mechanical engineering as well as the testing of a completely new line of materials called Daylight Resins.
And the final result of this is what you now see as the fastest crowd funding tech project on Kickstarter with over 2 million dollars pledged by 15,000+ backers to its campaign, as we write this. That’s batshit crazy and is testament to the popularity of 3D printers. People just want this in the palm of their hands and it looks like the OLO Smartphone 3D printer is exactly what the consumers are looking for. With a starting price point of USD$99, OLO is a fraction of the cost of most other 3D printers on the market.
Besides the attractive price tag, the OLO Smartphone 3D printer is basically looking to kick its competition out of the ballpark because it is not only simple to use, it’s also lightweight, stylish and even social. Yes, you heard us – social – because the OLO’s cloud-based software makes it easy to access, share or privately store your designs, PG-rated or otherwise. (*cough*- JLaw leaked booby pictures!)
Besides, you tomboys don’t have to be geniuses to figure this machine out. Anyone, from beginners to 3D-printing nerds can use the OLO 3D printer. OK, guys remember your math X-Y 2-D line graphs with a Z for extra dimensional capabilities? Well, if you were awesome at line graphs, then you’re going to drool at the resolution specs that the OLO offers which currently is up to 0.042mm for X-Y resolution and up to 0.036 for Z resolution. Check it out below.
It’s also easy to clean and fill and has built in auto-leveling capabilities which means no more manual leveling or calibration. It’s also quiet, meaning you’ll sleep peacefully while your OLO printer works through the night without the neighbours complaining your place sounds like an old General Motors assembly line.
Also, what’s a winner for us here is that it’s also the first battery operated 3D printer, which means not having to carry around clunky wires and power plugs along with you.
Frankly speaking, with the OLO smartphone 3D printer, we are looking at the disruption of the 3D printing industry by yes, another 3D product that’s going to change how we print. Think of it as a kind of a disruption within a disruption within a disruption within a disruption within a…..well, you get the Inception picture.
However, before you head to Kickstarter and willingly give away your money to back this project in its final few days, just know that like most crowdfunding projects, what you’re seeing are probably prototypes, so don’t drool over it until the tech is brought to mass production and into the market.
The other concerning factor that we found about the OLO 3D Smartphone printer is that it seems to take hours to print a small object which means you don’t get to use your smartphone, hence the more complex the design is, the longer it is going to take for the printer to complete your request.
Washing the resin-printed device under warm water using your bare hands may also be a toxic affair, which is not advisable. Maker’s Muse have a lot to say about this in their video analysis of whether this project is worth funding. Watch it here.