3D printing, it sounds cool doesn’t it? The ability to print everything, really everything, you want. Need a new pair of glasses? You design it and then you print it, a new dock for your phone maybe? No problem design it and afterwards you can print it. And finally the average consumer will get acces to all of that joy…
Before we go deeper into the product I’m talking about, let’s have a quick history lesson. And to do so let’s get back to 1984, the year the first 3D printer was released, it was created by Chuck Hull (age 74 now). And like you can see, the product wasn’t really designed for the ‘average consumer’. The printer may not be able to do all the things a modern 3D printer can do, but remember it only was 1984!
Years went by and the technology kept evolving, and after many years we are in 2010. In 2010 the first 3D printers became widely available. But we still don’t have an easy to use 3D printer, so let’s get even further forward in time. And to be correct, let’s go to Monday the 7th of April 2014, on that day a company called M3D LLC, aired it’s Kickstarter project. The Micro 3D printer was born!
The Micro 3D printer
The Micro 3D printer is the result of 2 years of work, and if we can trust the title it’s The first truly consumer 3D printer. And looking at the amount people backed them on Kickstarter I’m sure this product will be a hit and change the 3D printer market completely! In only 11 minutes from the time the project was ‘announced’ to the public, they already reached the wanted amount of money, which was $50.000, also making it one of the most popular Kickstarter projects yet! And even more astonishing at moment of writing, the project already has made up, make sure you sit down, a sloppy $2.485.991!
Of course you will need to pay a little price to ‘back’ the product and actually be able to lay your hands on one. And the price for all of that is only $199, which is compared to all the other 3D printers on the market very cheap! But, like you already would expect form such a popular Kickstarter project, the limit of backs is reached. But you still will be able to get yours for a little more money! The $299, $599 and all the more expensive packages are still waiting to be ‘backed’!
And now on to one of the most important things of the ‘The Micro’ 3D printer, the design. With most 3D printers nowadays, you get a not well-designed printer. And you may say: ‘design is not everything’ and you are right about that! But tell me, do you rather use a product like a well designed product that turns you on to use it or a product designed by ‘a bunch of monkeys’. I thought so. The Micro is build out of a plastic in a bunch of different colors that will match your willings. It’s also build very light, making it portable so if you like changing your setup all the time like me this is a huge plus! And of course with that beautiful design it will fit on your desk without ‘screwing up’ your desk view!
Easy to use
Like mentioned earlier this is a 3D printer for the mass, or just the average consumer. Making it available to everyone out there, you really need to invest in software and compatibility, and surprise surprise they did! The Micro will have a USB cable included, making it easy to connect it to your PC. Now that we have it connected to our computer, we still need to let it do something, or in other words, we need software! And that also one of the most impressive parts of this already very impressive product! You will get the companies it’s in house developed software with your printer, making it easy to print anything you want. From what we know now, the software will be compatible with any regular Windows/Mac and it also will be compatible with touch-screen computer giving the software a cool extra option on how to use it. And to explain how easy to use the software is, let me use the company it’s words:
3D printer software should be as fun and futuristic as the printer itself. That’s why we’ve designed the M3D software to be as interactive and enjoyable as a game, making sure it’s fully touchscreen-capable with a minimalist and simple-to-use interface. It allows you to search and browse countless objects online, organizing 3D models you’ve downloaded into an easy to view library. Just pick a model, drag it into the printer, adjust the model if needed, and hit <print>. Software shouldn’t be a barrier to 3D printing, and it’s our goal to make The Micro accessible to everyday users.
Advanced users can use the expert settings as well as other software such as open-source slicers.
And because I also want to please the ‘geeks’ under us here are some specifications the printer will have:
- Printer Dimensions: It’s a cube, 7.3 in (185 mm) per side.
- It is lightweight, roughly 2.2 lb (1 kg).
- It can also be used with any Windows, Mac, or Linux based system.
- USB-Compatible connection.
- Supports many different materials: ABS, PLA, Nylon, and more.
- Filament: standard 1.75mm. Nearly 1/2 lb (225 g) rolls.
- Standard filament rolls also supported.
- Removable Print Bed.
- 50-350 micron layer resolution.
- 15 micron X and Y positioning accuracy.
- Dimensions: Print height: 116mm (4.6″). Base Print Area: 109mm x 113mm. Print Area Above 74mm: 91mm x 84mm.
- M3D software for an effortless, plug-and-play experience.
- Supports and uses open source software (for advanced users).
Like you can see The Micro really will be very portable, with a weight of only 1kg (2.2 lb) and 185mm sides.
1. Most space-efficient 3D printer ever made.
2. Light-weight, portable design fits nicely on your desk.
3. Micro motion chip provides completely automatic leveling and calibration.
4. Most quiet 3D printer ever made.
5. Lowest power consumption 3D printer ever made.
6. Carbon fiber rods: light, sturdy, self-lubricating and long-lasting
7. Ceramic heater for rapid heat-up, power efficiency, reliability and safety.
8. Bold colors. Choose from Silver, Black, Blue, RedOrange, and Green.
9. New filament materials like Chameleon PLA.
10. Inspirational Micro filament spools.
11. Modernized touch-capable software.
12. Replaceable print beds for alternative materials.
13. Replaceable nozzles for experimenters.
14. Designed for fast assembly in the US for quality control.
15. An ABS-based print bed allows you to print larger ABS parts.
Not bad huh? And above all of that The Micro will be Assembled in The USA, lowering the price and guaranteeing you the best quality you can get! Of course we can’t forget to mention The Micro is also designed in The USA.
With this product I think we enter a new era of 3D printers, I’m sure this company will play a big role in it. I even think this company will be the trent setter of how 3D printers should look and work, friendly and easy! And if there will be some interest from the consumer, which there surely is, the 3D printing market will ‘blow up’! We are at the beginning of a new revolution, the 3D printing revolution and this company will go into the history of technology as the company that ‘thinks different’ and that has no fear of the other big companies by changing the whole market. Like you can see I am very excited about this product and I hope I will get the opportunity to test this awesome product out!
Willing to back the product? Go to their Kickstarter page by pressing on this link!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the article, and remember we are at the beginning of a new era with this company changing the whole market, again!