Turn Your Smartphone Into a Miniature 3D Printer

For only $99

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Thu, Mar 24th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

DigitalTrends brings OLO to attention: costing a nimble $99, the device quite literally turns any smartphone into a 3D printer. Granted, the gizmo is small, but its affordability, capabilities, and speed are pretty impressive.

Basically, 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. It’s basically a DLP system that uses your phone’s screen instead of a projector.

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