Fret not, for we already have. Say hello to OLO – the world’s first smartphone 3D printer! In a world that is flooded with smartphones, can you imagine how big of an impact 3D printing will have when these two revolutionary technologies are integrated into a single product?
“OLO’s technology is simple – yet brilliant – because half of its hardware is already in your pocket, making it easy for anyone to print in 3D. And because there are more than 2.2 billion smartphone users, OLO is not just a device, it’s not just a 3D printer: it’s a game changer.”
– OLO 3D Inc.
Weighing at just over a pound, the OLO is compatible with OS from Apple, Android, and Windows. And it’s really simple to use. All you do is select your object (whether by OLO’s library, shared design specs via social media, or by your own design), place the bottom half of the printer on top of your phone, pour in the resin, attach the top half of the printer, and then let OLO do the rest. Your smartphone’s light will be used to cure the resin as the printer essentially pulls the object out.
The OLO 3D printer has become so popular that, even with 29 days left in their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, it’s already surpassed its $80,000 funding goal, reaching $242,049 so far!
Considering the relatively small size of smartphones, the objects you’re able to print using the OLO will naturally be just as equally small. But who’s to say this won’t subsequently be used on tablets over time as well? Even so, one of the biggest impacts the OLO is going to make in the 3D printing industry is force every other company to begin dropping their prices and to make their printers all the more accessible.
We’re talking about a technology that will soon be in every pocket, in every home, all across the world. The smartphone itself has already made an incredible impact during its short lifetime so far. Imagine the same affordability and applicability being applied to 3D printing. What we’re seeing here is the next industrial revolution – one which will be entirely consumer-based. And as for copyright laws in a future of proliferated 3D printing? Well…we might as well get used to casting the jolly roger and singing “Hoist the Colors.” Who’s with me!?