OLO 3D Smartphone Printer Raised over $1 Million in 5 Days

The $99 OLO 3D Smartphone printer is a runaway success on Kickstarter. The project just surpassed $1 million in funding

The OLO 3D smartphone printer is a huge hit on Kickstarter. The project just passed the magic $1 million mark. Over 7,500 packers have jumped behind the low-cost smartphone powered 3D printer within the first 5 days. The OLO team just asked for $80,000.

The OLO 3D smartphone printer is the first ever smartphone 3D Printer selling for only $99. I am personally impressed by the OLO 3D printer and have joined ranks of backers and ordered a OLO 3D Pro Pack with extra resin for $129. Note that there is $29 shipping charge, but that does not change the appeal of the OLO 3D printer.

The OLO 3D printer is designed to be simple to understand and operate, and is battery-operated and fully portable, weighing 780g.

The device consists of three parts: A reservoir, which holds 400 cubic cm of printing volume; 100-gram bottles of colored photopolymer resin to build your objects with; and a mechanized lid, under which the build plate and control electronics are tightly arranged.

First, you have to load a schematic of your object into the OLO mobile app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows) and then fit your smartphone into the base under the reservoir. A piece of polarized glass is installed into the base, which your phone’s touchscreen will be facing when set in place.

Once you place the lid on top and the printer starts going, the app makes your phone’s screen light up with a specific pattern. The polarized glass then takes all this light (which shines outwardly to give your phone a wider viewing angle) and redirects it so that all the photons are traveling straight upward.

So as your phone’s screen beams light up into the reservoir, the directed light causes a layer of resin to harden onto the build plate, which slowly moves upward as each new layer is created. Watch the OLO 3D Kickstarter video below.

The OLO Smartphone 3D Printer is the latest entry in the I4U News Hottest Gadgets of 2016 list.

Get your OLO 3D printer on the Kickstarter project page.

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