Nov 23, 2016 | By Andre

As someone who works with 3D printing, I speak to lots of people who are fascinated by the technology and its potential. People, for instance, that have wondered about the danger of 3D printed guns, about whether there will be 3D printed cars, etc. More recently however, many of the conversations have veered toward the ONO Smartphone 3D printer, featured in one of 2016’s most successful kickstarter campaigns.

The way I see things, the ONO 3D printer was inevitable in a sense. The portable 3d printer (which ended up raising close to 2.5 million US dollars) can be had for $99 and is capable of printing high resolution 3D prints with nothing but the smart phone you already own and the primordial resin filled ONO 3D printing device.

Despite all of the excitement surrounding the campaign, however, I have remained somewhat skeptical. Having followed the rise and collapse of failed campaigns like the Peachy Printer, the multi-filament BotObjects contraption, and 3D Systems sub $5,000 CubeJet full-colour 3D printer I couldn’t help but retain a healthy skepticism on behalf of the more than 16,000 ONO backers.

Now however, a recent Hackaday article is claiming (even while there remains no solid evidence the ONO actually works) that the smartphone screen lit concept is perfectly capable of producing high resolution 3D prints. The proof they present comes in the form of the below YouTube video prepared by user Lonel Ciobanuc.

As seen in the video, this maker uses uses a 5” 800x480 LCD screen along with a 10W led projector, x-control motors, a Rapsberry Pi based controller board and daylight resins to drive his experimental 3D printer.

And while the print bed is small (limited in theory to the size of the screen in the x/y), the 50 micron print resolution is impressive for an early prototype. Also, considering the LCD device (and controller) are realistically the most expensive components, it’s perfectly possible you would be able to squeeze it all into the $99 package that is advertised by the highly anticipated ONO 3D printer.

While the ONO may prove to work very well, I have yet to see the device in action and will remain skeptical until I do. Hopefully, for the technology and the backer's sakes, it will come to fruition and won't simply be another case of vaporware. The Adafruit interview with the ONO 3D printer team below can provide some more insight into how their product will purportedly function:

In the end, time will tell how well the ONO Smartphone based 3D printer actually works. As is often the case with hackaday articles, most of the juicy tidbits of information lie in comments section. And from the tone of things, most of the comments are similarly skeptical like contributor WhoWasl when he writes “Smartphone resin printers actually work, as long as you don’t use an actual smartphone, or an actual smartphone LCD”. We shall see.



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Tom wrote at 2/18/2017 7:23:37 AM:

I'm an ONO backer, I received an email today that they are very close to shipping. They also provided a link to this video:

patrick wrote at 2/1/2017 2:33:22 AM:

Except for poor management, It has been delayed many times and it seems it will be available in stores before the kick starter backers see it. As a backer at kickstarter, it feels like another vaporware failure like plastc. Trade show junkets and bogus press releases (see their website...rated most reliable, yet not actually released or shown printing in action) is what we kick starters have apparently funded. I have no problem with campaigns that run into challenges...they seem to create their own and then definitely over promise and under deliver.

fra wrote at 11/24/2016 1:00:40 AM:

I've just tested a Photocentric LCD 3d printer and work fine, so I don't think that there are problems with ONO!

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