OLO first came into limelight when they won the World Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award. The aim of the OLO team is to develop something that can be used by anyone in the world. Now, again they have got the attention of the public because they have developed the world’s first ever smartphone 3D printer. All you need is a smartphone (which you probably already have) and the parts provided by OLO and you can 3D print anything you want.
OLO said that they have been working hard from past 2 years to develop a method to make an affordable 3D printer that can allow anyone to print in 3D. OLO 3D printer just costs $99. Currently, there are many 3D printers available but all of them are too costly to be afforded by a single individual, hence are generally bought by only organizations like hospitals, universities etc.
OLO is made up of just 7 plastic parts, one chip and one motor, that’s it. Besides these, all you need is your smartphone and you are good to go. OLO will introduce a new kind of material known as ‘daylight resins’. The reason for such a name is that the material hardens under the white light of a smartphone screen. Have a look at the video below to see how the white light will interact with the daylight resins to print the object of your choice.
The simplicity of the thing however doesn’t imply that it cannot be used for professional printing. Materials including hard, flexible, translucent and castable resins and the high accuracy allows OLO to be used for making any application. The good thing is that if some resin remains unused while printing a part can be reused the next time.
OLO’s app works on Android, iOS and Windows devices. Also it is the first 3D printer to introduce ‘OLO 3D Message’ through which creations can be shared with friends from the app itself. You can find more details about the product here.
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