This Device Turns Phones Into Portable 3D Printers
A digital factory looks to make the printing process more accessible with a mobile-friendly box concept
Italian company Solido3D is seeking to expand the reach and accessibility of 3D printing to anyone with a smartphone. To do this, the company has designed OLO, a mobile-friendly device that prints three-dimensional products.
The first step is to select a file for the object that will be printed through a mobile app. Then to get the printer going, the user places their phone with the screen facing up in the box’s bottom compartment. This enables the box to read a blueprint of what is expected to be made. In terms of its mechanics, the printer consists of seven parts and a battery-powered motor. The smartphone’s light plays the critical role of beaming light through the OLO box’s polarized glass.