The Origo 3D Printer Could Change the World

POSTED BY Greg IN News ON 12 Oct 2011

The Origo 3D Printer is a prototype product that wants to change the world.  While 3D printers are available right now, they are expensive and difficult to operate.  Instead, the Origo is designed especially for kids, who will be able to design and make their own toys with this incredible device.

The prototype Origo 3D printer is being developed by Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels.  It is being designed to allow children of ten and up to make their own figurines and shapes with computer software, which will then be available to print out and play with.
Origo The Origo 3D Printer Could Change the World
While the technology is all there, Origo are currently looking for investors to turn their vision into a commercial reality.  While there is still a lot to do, Tchoukanov and Peels are hoping to launch the product in as little as 18 months.

While this product is still at the prototype stage, some possible specs and price points have already been discussed on Origo’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.  The printer will take about one hour to print an average design, although time depends a lot on size and intricacy.

According to current speculation, the unit will work with a USB port, include wireless connectivity, and sell for around $800.  While this might seem expensive, it is probably cheap enough to get these devices into homes and disrupt the toy industry in a big way.

The Origo 3D printer will be able to create objects as large as a coffee mug or medium sized jar, with smaller objects like rings only taking a few minutes to print.  However, the material that is required for 3D printing is still very expensive, and this is one of the biggest obstacles that Origo will have to overcome.

The printer works with 3DTin, a very friendly piece of 3D software that enables users to create 3D objects from basic building blocks.  While it may not be as powerful as most 3D programs, its simplicity together with the relatively small price tag could be what the 3D printing revolution needs to make its way to the  domestic front.

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