As 3D printing becomes a more popular and practical technology, manufacturers are finding ways to make the printers accessible and affordable. Hypebeast recently shared a Kickstarter project for OLO, a small 3D printer that uses the light from smartphone screens to print small objects right at home.
The printer is notably simple, needing just four AA batteries to operate. Using designs from the OLO library, or ones pulled from other sources, users can transform digital models into physical objects by placing the printer over their phones, pouring the resin into the building chamber, and letting the OLO do the rest. According to the Kickstarter page, printing with an iPhone6 takes around 1 hour and 55 minutes for every inch.
The resins for OLO come in a range of colors and finishes with varying levels of flexibility so, as demonstrated in the Kickstarter video above, you can make a hard car model for one project, and a more delicate butterfly for the next. There is still time to support the OLO Kickstarter project (and secure one of the devices for yourself), though with 14 days to go, the team has already well exceeded their fundraising goal, which means OLO will definitely be hitting the market soon.
Images via Kickstarter