After a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $2.3 million dollars from 16,000+ pledges, ONO is finalizing production for the first wave of printers for Kickstarter backers and preparing for the next steps of launching to the public: opening up 3D printing to a broader audience.
ONO began from the simple idea of making 3D printing accessible for everyone. Founders Filippo Moroni and Pietro Gabriele sought to develop a high quality, low cost 3D printer and create a worldwide community around it; unveiling the first prototype at the NY Maker Faire in October 2015, and launching a Kickstarter campaign in March 2016. With Kickstarter rewards in the process of being delivered, ONO is getting ready for the retail market.
The ONO 3D printer is the first of its class, using a system that allows resin to harden under the white light of a smartphone screen. Its case was designed to filter out harmful external light to maximize the precision of the print, which can reach an incredible 42 micron resolution. High quality prints combined with ease of use makes this printer ideal for beginners and professionals alike.
ONO also adds a social aspect to 3D printing. Through the app, users can send the first ever ONO 3D Message; through which creations can be shared and printed privately between friends. Users can choose to send messages in “surprise mode,” where the final object can only be seen once it is printed.
Throughout the Kickstarter campaign we saw some great new features added to the printer including a USB port and a removable resin tank.
The addition of a USB port and cable improves connection between the printer and the smartphone by completely cutting out environmental noises. The USB Y-cable also powers ONO, eliminating the need for disposable batteries, making ONO more environmentally friendly. It allows the printer to run off a USB wall adapter at home, or a power bank so users can take ONO off-grid.
The resin tank is now completely removable from the main body of the printer. This redesign makes the build film installation simpler, leading to a tighter seal and better prints. It also makes recycling unused resin and cleaning the tank easier.
Further improvements include an adjustable base that allows users to position any phone, regardless of its thickness, precisely against the build film. A removable aluminum build plate leads to better part adhesion and easy removal of finished parts.
After rebranding last month, ONO also revealed a new logo and launched a new website; www.ono3d.net.
ONO will be showcasing the printer at this year’s New York Maker Faire, October 1-2.
“We are at a pivotal moment. Thanks to the support of our Kickstarter backers, we are excited to bring the printer to a broader audience,” said Founder Filippo Moroni. “We unveiled ONO to the public at last year’s New York Maker Faire, where we received the Editor’s Choice Award. It’s only fitting that we showcase the printer at this year’s New York Maker Faire to continue to build community and push the limits of 3D printing.”
ONO is expected to ship to Kickstarter backers in mid to late October. Once the last backer package is shipped, ONO will become publicly available and will retail for $99 USD. ONO will be available for purchase directly online through the store at www.ono3d.net and from resellers worldwide.