The Democratization Of 3D Printing

June 17, 2017



Nano3DPrint is right on the front lines of innovation. Our groundbreaking 3D printing rapid prototyping technology is affording new demographics the opportunity to supplement their research and development with a variety of 3D printers that we offer here at Nano3DPrint.


When we speak of new demographics, we are talking about the democratization of inventorship. What does a fancy phrase like that mean to us? It means we have a passion for providing engineers, researchers, professors, and really anyone who has a desire the opportunity to rapid prototype 3D printed objects that are fully functioning electronic devices. We are changing the world of printed electronics, by effectively lowering the barrier of accessibility.


We are also happy to offer our 3D printing services as a 3D printer shop of sorts. If you are searching for “3D printing service cost”, or something to that effect, your search has likely ended. At Nano3DPrint, we provide affordable rates for people not necessarily looking to buy their own 3D printer, but rather would like assistance with 3D rapid prototyping or manufacturing.  


When it comes to rapid prototyping, industrial applications, and printed electronics, we have affordable 3D printers which remain on the cutting edge of modern day technology. With our scanning probe extensive nanotechnology 3D printers (model D4200s), educators, engineers, and other people are now equipped with the ability to bring their prototypes to small volume fruition.


Now that you have a better feel of what we are doing as a 3D printer provider, let’s dive into today’s topic. We will be taking a look at some 3D printer factoids which point to the end game of accessibility and affordability. This is an expansive field which intersects with many aspects of our life, from transportation to the very food we consume. Read on if you want to learn more about the democratization of 3D printers and its uses.


The Very First Smartphone 3D Printer

This is not exactly breaking news, but it isn’t old hat yet either. As of March 2016, the first ever smartphone/3D printer hybrid has been developed. They have remarkably taken away two of the most fundamental inhibitors to everyday people being able to utilize 3D printing technology: not being able to understand or operate a 3D printer (which probably constitutes 99% of the population), and the price.


But let’s talk about how it actually works, because this is no small feat. Olo uses photopolymers which ingeniously harden when exposed to the light of the smartphone screen. It can get up to a 42 micron resolution, which is nothing to sniff at, either. It’s made of 7 plastic parts, a chip, and a battery-powered motor. Olo 3D reports that you should be able to get around 100 prints before needing to change out the requisite 4 AA batteries. It’s also worth noting that the Olo is compatible with Apple as well as Android. All you need is the file of the object you would like to print to be uploaded to the Olo application, place the phone beneath the glass of the resin container, and then the light from the smartphone acts as a curing agent to harden the resin! Sometimes, even if you are working with 3D printers on a daily basis, it helps to take a step back and realize how far we have come.

We at Nano3DPrint find this fascinating because the developing company, Olo 3D, has a passion for democratizing the practical function of 3D, in a similar vein to our mission as a 3D printer provider. Although the target market might not be congruent (we prioritize inventorship), the progress that the industry is making, as a whole, is quite encouraging to witness and even more exciting to be a part of.


Family Photos With Your Fetus

No, it’s not a rarely-used tongue twister, it’s an actual thing that is happening. You know those awkward family photo websites and books? They’ve all met their match with this trump card: 3D printing a model with the physical likeness of your unborn baby into a family photo. If you order an Olo, you just might be able to print out a model of your newest family member while you are running errands- just make sure you are connected to wifi. Those data rates can get out of hand in a hurry with certain apps.




3D Printers Are Getting Less Expensive All The Time

With the greater affordability of 3D printers comes public access. We’ve already pointed out multiple examples of this principle, and we count ourselves at Nano3DPrint as one of them. As 3D printing technology develops, we will see more powerful 3D printers come at a more affordable price point. Speaking of which, the future is now! Check out our inventory of 3D printers, based in either 3D Printer Based Infrastructure or a S