OLO – The First Ever #Smartphone #3D #Printer
About this project
That’s the reality of OLO!
OLO made its debut in New York in October 2015, when it won the World Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award.
Since its debut OLO has been astounding reviewers from all over the world.
OLO’s technology is simple yet brilliant, because half of its hardware is already in your pocket, OLO makes it easy for anyone to print in 3D.
And because there are more than 2.2 billion smartphone users, at $99 OLO’s not just a 3D printer, it’s a game changer.
For the last two years we have been hard at work inventing OLO: perfecting its case, engineering its mechanics, and testing a completely new line of materials called Daylight Resins.
The final result is a beautifully designed, portable 3D printer that is easy to use – and at $99 OLO is a fraction of the cost of most other 3D printers on the market.
OLO makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone.
OLO’s clever technology is…
- simple to use
- light weight
… and, at $99, surprisingly inexpensive.
OLO is the first smartphone-powered 3D printer.
Simple and affordable, OLO uses the light from your smartphone’s screen to print 3D objects.
Because it runs on AA batteries, you can take OLO anywhere. Compact and light, it easily fits in a bag or backpack. OLO can even come along with you on your travels with its very own optional, shock-proof, neoprene carrying case.
OLO works with flat screen smartphones of almost any size or brand, even large 5.5 inch displays such as iPhone 6S+ or Galaxy A7. OLO turns almost any flat screen phone into a 3D printer!
OLO is compatible with most models and brands of smartphone and every major OS on the market. All you need is to install its app on a flat screen smartphone with a touchscreen.
OLO is compatible with iOS from Apple, Android OS, and Windows Phone.
1. Select a model to print from the OLO App.
2. Pour the resin of your choice into OLO and close the cover.
OLO does the rest!
OLO’s design keeps ambient light out of its build chamber so that the white light from your smartphone’s display can harden the photosensitive resin inside OLO’s build chamber to print your 3D model.
OLO also works with standard STL files. See more sample prints and their .STL files further down on the campaign page.
Printed using an iPhone 6.
Print Time: 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Dimensions: 42mm x 20mm x 20mm.
You can use any 3D scan software, including Autodesk 123D Catch.
Or you can create your own design from your favorite 3D software and import your .STL, .OBJ, or .PLY file to OLO’s app from your computer.
- Breakthrough 3D printing technology: patents pending.
- Beautiful design: elegant and seamless exterior.
- Cloud-based software: easy to access, share, or privately store your designs.
- Skill Level: beginner to 3D-printing expert.
- X-Y resolution: up to 0.042 mm (depending on the resolution and contrast of the smartphone’s screen).
- Z resolution: up to 0.036 mm (or 0.12 mm in quick print mode).
- Easy: to fill, print, and clean.
- Portable + Ultra-light: OLO fits in your bag or in its optional shock-proof, neoprene carrying case.
- Auto-leveling: no more manual leveling or calibration!
- Quiet: almost silent, OLO is the among the quietest 3D printers on the market.
- Goes anywhere: OLO is the first battery operated 3D printer.
- Maintenance: with long-lasting actuators and no lubrication needed, OLO only needs to be cleaned after use, and its included build film replaced after every 3 prints.
- Unibody: made of simple and durable technopolymers.
- Resins: daylight photopolymer resins are available in 4 materials and 5 colors, including a castable resin for creating molds for metals such as silver and gold.
- Print bed: flexible film allows for easy removal of your object.
- Colorful: OLO is available in a limited edition Shadow-gray version for all Kickstarter backers. Coming soon: Scarlet, Sapphire, and Silver.
- Designed in Italy, assembled in America.
Use exactly what you need to print. No more. No less.
OLO tells you exactly how much resin to use for each print. Any excess resin can be returned to the bottle (after removing any debris) and used for future prints.
Start printing your first 3D object in 10 minutes. Charlie’s assistance with setup not included.
Are you a Jeweler? Designer? Engineer? Architect? Stamp builder? Dentist? Moldmaker? Student? Teacher? Maker? Tech Enthusiast? Inventor?
Do you have a passion for making your ideas real?
Then OLO is for you!
Your custom designs are stored on our secure 3rd party servers, and you control the privacy settings for each design you upload. OLO offers four privacy options to ensure your designs are shared if and how you want them to be:
- Private: Only you are able to see and print your design.
- Group: Only you and the individuals you specify are able to see and print your design.
- Public: All OLO users are able to see and print your design.
- Revenue: All OLO users are able to see your design, but it can only printed by users who pay a fee.
OLO and Gravity Sketch have teamed up to unleash the full 3D power of your smartphone; from sketching to printing, all on the same device!
Gravity Sketch makes 3D modeling easy: just doodle on your iPad (iPhone version coming in July 2016, Android Phones in September 2016) and build a 3D model! Gravity Sketch makes printing your own designs even easier: the iPhone version will support printing to OLO directly from within the Gravity Sketch app.
Check out the Gravity Sketch announcement: https://www.facebook.com/gravity3dsketch/photos/a.230537047142987.1073741828.230087723854586/476833122513377/?type=3&theater
The private beta of the iPhone and Android versions, and then free lifetime access to the paid app, once it is in the App Store and Google Play, will be included as a reward to all of our Backers. You can join the open beta for the iPad version now:https://gravitysketch.com
The perfect gift, also available in a twin pack.
Select the Gift Pack option for your pledge reward to have a beautiful gift box for your OLO printer and resins.
Take OLO anywhere with its own neoprene, shock-proof travel case by selecting the Pro Packoption for your pledge reward. It even carries 2 bottles of resin.
We worked hard inventing, designing, and engineering OLO to be a simple, reliable, and affordable 3D printer. We wanted to make it easy for everyone to experience the thrill of using technology, design, and art to create and print 3D objects. OLO was created to inspire the world.
OLO is made of 7 plastic parts (2 of which are identical), one chip, and a motor. We didn’t just engineer OLO to be easy to mass-produce, we designed OLO so that it would be simple to use and economical for everyone.
In addition to OLO’s design, development, and engineering, we also focused on creating a strong business plan to ensure OLO’s reliability and fast deployment.
We choose Kickstarter because so many of its members are a part of the Maker Movement. We are so grateful for our Backers’ help as we take the next step in bringing OLO to the world. It’s not just the pledges, it’s the feedback and suggestions we receive that help us to continue to improve and develop OLO. All comments are read, and all private messages are responded too. The feedback on our campaign helps make OLO just as much as the funds do!
We have taken many precautionary measures, including filing for patents, to legally protect OLO’s technology. Our partnerships with producers, manufacturers, distributors, providers of logistical assistance, and retailers are carefully cultivated to ensure OLO’s quality and success.
- Delivery of pledge rewards to first round of US-based backers begins in September of 2016.
- Delivery of pledge rewards to first round of International backers begins in November of 2016.
OLO will ship from one of our three regional centers:
- USA: ships orders to the USA, Canada, and South America.
- Italy: ships orders to the EU, Africa, and the Middle East.
- Japan: ships orders to Asia and Australia.
OLO / TAB
An OLO printer for your tablet with 12 inches XY size
pre-release: March 2017
OLO / HDM
best in class oled 22 micron / 6 inches XY size
pre-release: March 2017
OLO / PRO
modified super amoled 6K / 18 inches XY size
pre-release: September 2017
OLO Prints! Here are some of our most recent prints that have been requested by our backers: Make Magazine’s third annual 3D Printing Shootout SLA testing was conducted using this Make branded rook model, aka “The Make Rook”.
Printed using an iPhone 6 Print Time: 3 hours and 26 minutes Resin used: 10 ccm
Printed using an Android One+
Print Time: 34 minutes
Resin used: 1.3 ccm
We believe that everyone should have access to 3D printing. Our team set out to design a 3D printer that is affordable and easy to use for all experience levels. Our mission is to redefine what is possible with 3D printing.
Our team includes product designers, engineers, software developers, ux designers, and production experts with over 15 years of experience working together to make OLO a reality.
OLO team, combined, has over 100 years of experience in product engineering and development; collectively we have contributed to the development, design and production of more than 1200 products.
OLO is a 3D printer for everyone that anyone can use. We strive to keep our design, production, and distribution in alignment with this ethos.
And please help spread the word!
Risks and challenges
OLO was designed to be entirely produced by injection molding. Injection molding is the most reliable way to ensure that the final product will be long lasting, while also ensuring that we are able to quickly produce a high volume of units to fulfill the high demand from our Kickstarter campaign and beyond. By producing OLO using injection molding we can ensure that OLO is built with quality components while maintaining the lowest price possible to our customers.
We need to produce several copies of our injection molds at once, and this requires a large investment. We have secured two established and reliable manufacturing partners (always have a backup!) that can guarantee large production volume while ensuring high quality parts with low dimensional tolerances.
Fabricating injection molds typically takes 6-8 weeks. This is the point in our timeline that is most vulnerable to delays, so we have already begun working with mold design specialists in both Japan and the UK. We can accept only the best parts, made with the best materials, for the best price, thus the creation of our injection molds is the most crucial part of bringing OLO to market.
Designed in Italy, OLO will be assembled in the USA.
We have secured two reliable manufacturing partners who are working with us to guarantee OLO will ship with some of the safest, best performing resins on the market. Thus producers will be able to provide high volumes of stable, quality photopolymer resins to fulfill our pledge rewards.
We will be continually refining our resins, in order to provide the best materials for our customers to realize their projects. We are currently working on resins with a faster curing time for faster printing, a new wax resin, and a new class of translucent photopolymer resins. In the next few weeks, depending on requests form our Backers, we will be developing new colors of resin as well. Our chemical research on resins will continue as long as OLO is on the market.
We’re hiring! We have moved in to our new office space in Downtown San Francisco and we’re setting up space for tech support and software development both in America and at our headquarters in Rome. We are also selecting logistics specialists to ensure OLO is delivered on time to our Backers, and then to our many customers once OLO is on the market.
OLO’s app is ready, and we have taken great pains to ensure an easy and fun user experience that’s full featured enough to satisfy our expert users while still being completely useable for our users who are new to 3D printing. We are also continually improving the slicing on our cloud-based servers to speed up the processing time for rendering user’s 3D prints.
the web site olo3d.net
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