We keep hearing about the awesome applications of 3D printers, such as home-made braces (don’t actually try at home), toys, Terminator-style creations that rise from molten plastic baths, and, you know, human ears, but despite the technology being cheaper and more accessible than ever, you probably don’t have too many people in your life (if any) who actually use a 3D printer for real.
Well, if devices like the OLO are anything to go on, that could all be about to change. The OLO is a $99 gadget that lets you turn any smartphone into a 3D printer, and uses the light from the touchscreen to process your plastic creations.
3D printing is alive and well, even if we’re not all manufacturing our own Warhammer figurines just yet. For example, portability is still an issue, though for the smartphone-wielding and less-serious 3D printing enthusiast, the OLO 3D presents itself as an interesting options.
The entire thing is intended to be super-easy to comprehend and work, and is battery-worked and completely versatile, weighing only 780 grams (1.7 lb) and measuring 17.2 x 11.5 x 14.8 cm (6.8 x 4.5 x 5.8 inches).
It comprises of three sections: a store, which holds 400 cubic cm of printing volume; 100-gram jugs of shaded photopolymer tar to assemble your items with; and an automated cover, under which the fabricate plate and control gadgets are firmly orchestrated.
How would you utilize it?
To start with, you need to stack a schematic of your object into the OLO portable application (accessible for iOS, Android, and Windows) and after that fit your cell phone into the base under the repository. A bit of enraptured glass is introduced into the base, which your telephone’s touchscreen will be confronting when set up.