3d printer review: Origo 3d printer


Origo is not on the market, but has an estimated price of about $750-800 (2011). Sadly, this promising little machine isn’t out on the market. When visiting their website (fall 2012), you can read that the Origo project staff are “unable to complete the Origo project at this time” and that the Origo will “remain a dream for now”. Being a swedish as the guys at Umeå Institute of Design, I really hope that this cool every-home-printer will be produced in a near future.

The Good

It’s a purple 3D printer. It’s cheap. It’s supposed to be understandable for 10-year-olds. It uses a web based software called 3dtin that is very intuitive.

The Bad

The Origo project is currently suspended God knows for how long. Come on Umeå, get this thing working please!


No tech specs have been released as far as we know. Please comment if you find any. It’s a rather small 3d printer if you look at the pictures. Kind of the size of a old fashioned toaster. But purple…


Finally a 3d printing software that seems to be intuitive and pretty to look at. The Origo 3d printer uses 3dtin software. It is web based and comes with many templated, tutorials and ready-to-assemble shapes. This means that you can start working directly. Just click and add stuff to your model. The software is developed in India and seems to be a seriuos project that constantly improves their software with new shapes and features. If the Origo 3d printer is supposed to adress ten-year-olds (and tech-noobs like me), this seems to be the right software to use.

3d printing software 3dtin

3d printing software "3dtin"

Assembly, replication

No tech specs have been released as far as we know. Judging from pictures, the Origo 3d printer looks like a one-piece-machine that you just unpack and start too use.

Printing material

No tech specs have been released as far as we know. It probably uses plastic as the most contemporary hobby 3d printers.

Extrusion heads, print time

No tech specs have been released as far as we know.


The Origo 3d printer was started in Sweden at Umeå Institute of Design. The project was suspended in 2012.


This lovely 3d printer is a dream we all want to come true. Purple, Easy-to-use, fairly cheap, fully understandable and small, it would find a natural place in our homes between the vacuum cleaner and the toaster. Using the super-intuitive 3d printing software 3dtin, it makes us all forget the days of scrubbing our hair when trying to understand various problems of old code-based and boring 3d printing software. Do us 3d printing nerds a favour Umeå Institute of Design, finish this brilliant project!

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