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What 3D printers have made the mobile market?

2016/08/01 They came with label mark a before and after in the history ( "How 3D printing will radically change the world" headlined the CNBC in mid-2014), but it seems the revolution of 3D printers is still far from being such . In any case, that does not stop dozens of applications have appeared the most useful for these printers over the years: dentures, teeth, tattoos, artificial hair and even mobile. Yes, mobile.

And they have contributed something to the mobile market not because they have served to make a phone from scratch (or the Project itself Ara, a mobile built by pieces, born in a 3D printer, as confirmed in, but because 3D printing technology has hinted some other interesting market for smartphones project.

JGAURORA 3D mobile 3D printer

It is unquestionably the most interesting project that has left us the 3D printing technology in the mobile market. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, 3D JGAURORA is a portable 3D printer that connects to the phone, and has a relatively portable design that makes it possible that it can be transported anywhere. And the price? Below you're probably imagining right now: $ 99, including a boat with about 100 ml of liquid for our first project.

And why it is so cheap this printer in three dimensions? It turns out that the structure of the printer does not have any "brain" that stores the coordinates for printing, but it is our own mobile which, supported at the base of the portable machine, is a reference to print the figure that we set.

Campaign finance the printer is over, and the 3D JGAURORA should be arriving during these weeks to its first lucky owners. In fact, over the next few weeks you will discover if this project really delivers what was shown in the videos or if, as some suspect users, may not work as well as its creators promise.

But no printed phones in three dimensions?

Yes and no. No manufacturer has ventured to launch a mobile whose pieces have come out of a 3D printer (it is slow, expensive and difficult to do on a large scale), but there are projects sea of curious that emulate a telephone from a printed design in three dimensions. It is not smartphone with smart features, but serve to call, send / receive messages and share photos, which is not little.

And a good example is found in the Tyfone, a mobile whose housing was born in a 3D printer. Seen in hand may seem a contraption, but makes up for presuming to have a design that is born entirely in a three-dimensional printer, as we see in this picture. Within this housing it is a plate Raspberry Pi, which is what gives life to the phone interface.

It is true that the video quality leaves much to be desired, but if we look at the project presentation article we will see that this is a far less original idea. Detailed instructions for building a mobile from a Raspberry Pi and a casing in three dimensions can find them on this link.

The housings: spectacular projects, but expensive to say enough

Print a housing for mobile from scratch can be fun, but the initial amount of money you have to invest to venture to undertake a project of this kind in many cases can exceed what cost us the phone. To start we need a 3D printer, which raises the initial to a figure in excess of 200 euros investment.

As we can see by looking at items such as "Printing a cover for your mobile step by step", the difficulty is not so much preparing the project itself (on pages there are hundreds of designs ready for download ) but have all the necessary materials. In addition to the printer for each project is also a filament, which can have a price of around 23,95 euros is needed.

Moreover, through Amazon we can have on the door casings house with spectacular designs for less than ten euros. This housing Huawei P8 Lite, this Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Samsung Galaxy A5 are a good example. Given these alternatives, who would want to spend time and money to make a casing from scratch?

What must be recognized is that, beyond the covers, there are projects related to moving to 3D printers as curious. This mobile holder shaped Minion is a very interesting small gift while the other more elegant stand fits perfectly in an office. Special mention also deserve these virtual reality glasses, this charging stand for this support plug or miniature shaped key ring.
And now that?

The future of 3D printing is at least uncertain. So far have been mainly three reasons that have prevented 3D printers have settled in the market (as reported in "The state of 3D printing in 2015"): they are expensive because they offer quality fairly reasonable rarely dip below 300 or 400 euros; They have no practical use in reality, and after the initial excitement is difficult to find projects that really serve for day to day; and the quality of the results is far from suitable for mass production.

Therefore, in terms of mobile telephony we have no hope that 3D printers will assume a revolutionary change from here a few months. In medicine, robotics and large-scale construction itself is likely to continue attending inventions worthy of mention.

And if this entry has sparked your interest in buying a printer in three dimensions, then take a look at this article from Omicrono.