For some time, the record of smartphone-powered 3D printers has been controversial. The famous ONO 3D printer that raised $2M via Kickstarter in 2016 has until now missed delivering. What does this mean? Does it imply that the smartphone 3D printing is completed before it even started?
Italian additive manufacturing firm Lumi Industries has unveiled a new compact 3D printer. The printer utilizes photosensitive liquid resin as well as the light from the smartphone screen. The printer is not like the ONO as it is not being distributed commercially. Instead, Lumi Industries is unveiling its latest 3D printer, LumiBee as a free open source plan.
Lumi Industries has been spending time on forming a movable 3D printer from its start. This is according to the company. Ultimately, but, the firm recognized it was possibly not possible to create a marketable product utilizing smartphones as a glare source. Rather than allowing all its R&D to be useless, the firm has chosen to share it with the producer class.
LumiBee is a small, Smartphone-powered 3D printer whose system can nearly entirely be 3D printed utilizing FDM/FFF technology. Actually, Lumi Industries created the 3D printer to ensure that 95% of its parts could be printed on a desktop machine.
Users may utilize the compact 3D printer by putting their smartphone in the base of the 3D printer. They will then top up the resin vat using Sunlight liquid resin that solidifies once presented to smartphone light.
Lumi Industries even proposes utilizing an outmoded but still working Smartphone to power the 3D printer, offering it another life. According to reports, the LumiBee works with all smartphones on the market, an action that took some ingenuity to attain.
“I overcame this issue in the simplest way. Every smartphone has a built-in flash for the rear camera, and to access it, is quite easy in Android studio. So I reduced communication protocol to the bare minimum, using a quick blink of the smartphone flash to say ‘go up 1 layer in the Z axis’ to Lumibee and 2 quick blinks to say ‘print is finished, put the tray completely out of the resin’.” Explains Davide Marin, Lumi Industries CEO.
“We encourage people to download plans and files, play with them, and if they think that we did a nice job, there is the opportunity to donate on our page to support the project and let us improve it further,” noted Marin.
“3D printing community, the challenge has been launched: heat up your FFF 3D printer and soldering station, sharpen your ingenuity, make your own LumiBee and most important enjoy yourselves!” He added