Transform your smartphone into a 3D printer? This amazed participants at the recent Inside 3D Printing show in Shanghai. The smartphone 3D printer is fairly accessible. It could even pave the way to a future where we can just 3D print anything anywhere.
The idea of a 3D printing smartphone is already driving makers and researchers enthusiastic. It comes from Professor Jeng Ywam-Jeng from (hold yer breath) the Optical-Electrical Processing Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The smartphone 3D printer uses a stereolithographic process, where a liquid resin is cured and thus solidified by a light source. Instead of using laser or digital projector, it uses the visible light emanated by the smartphone screen.
The process is slower than traditional stereolithography (which is already fairly slow). It can achieve a maximum resolution of about 100 micron, which is comparable to filament based technologies. However, rapid advancements in smartphone screen manufacturing will help to make it faster, for example through brighter screens. The best part is that Professor
The best part is that Professor Ywam-Jeng intends to bring their product to market priced at just around $100.
It remains to be seen if people will find actual uses for these mobile 3D printers but never say never when 3D printing is involved.
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