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This 3D printer uses your phone's screen to do the printing


This 3D printer uses your phone's screen to do the printing

WATCH | Smaller, easier 3D printing. Oh -- and cheaper, too.

3D printing doesn't have to be so complicated after all!

Kickstarter-funded 3D printer Ono, going on sale in April for $99, needs only your smartphone and a bottle of its special resin formula ($15) to pop out detailed mini-models, desk tchotchkes or even working nut and bolt assemblies.

ONO Printing 5.2 cm in 2.5 Hours

Ono prints using light from a smartphone screen (iPhone, Android or Windows) -- not a large ultraviolet light assembly head like ordinary 3D printers.

To print, you select a 3D model from Ono's store or elsewhere on the web, connect your phone to Ono's smartphone cable and place it under Ono's case. Through a series of white and black flashes of your phone's screen, the resin in Ono's tank gets hardened into the design you chose. Ono runs on batteries, making it ultra portable, and print time is about two hours per inch, with a max size of 3"x5"x2".

According to Ono's website, the printer will go on sale as soon as the last Kickstarter fulfillment is sent. Those orders began shipping to backers March 23.

Once available, Ono will go up for sale on its website and eventually be purchasable "through vendors around the world."

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