While the MakerBot Replicator 2 has been the go-to for consumers, the $2199 (note: the price recently dropped to $1999) price tag has still been a bit of a hurdle for consumers not quite sure about the application of 3D printing in their day-to-day lives. The Micro 3D Printer just might be the first consumer-friendly 3D printer that will push those sitting on the fence over with their incredible $300 price tag…arguably a tempting price for swaying new customers that are used to similar prices for their inkjet printers. Today, Micro-creators M3D launched the Micro 3D Printer on Kickstarter and within minutes reached their $50,000 crowdfunding goal.

The Micro 3D Printer

Billed as ‘the first truly consumer 3D printer’, the M3D team from Bethesda, Maryland also claim that they are introducing 15 innovations into the field of filament-based 3D printers:

  • Most space-efficient 3D printer ever made
  • Light-weight, portable design fits nicely on your desk
  • Micro motion chip provides completely automatic leveling and calibration
  • Most quiet 3D printer ever made
  • Lowest power consumption 3D printer ever made
  • Carbon fiber rods: light, sturdy, self-lubricating and long-lasting
  • Ceramic heater for rapid heat-up, power efficiency, reliability and safety
  • Bold colors. Choose from Silver, Black, Blue, RedOrange, and Green
  • New filament materials like Chameleon PLA
  • Inspirational Micro filament spools
  • Modernized touch-capable software
  • Replaceable print beds for alternative materials
  • Replaceable nozzles for experimenters
  • Designed for fast assembly in the US for quality control
  • An ABS-based print bed allows you to print larger ABS parts

Perhaps the most innovative feature though is the price point in regards to the entire ecosystem: a spool of filament will set you back just $12 compared to more expensive offerings from other manufacturers. Who knows? They may be taking a cue from the 2D printing industry and selling the printer at near-cost with a plan to make the bulk of their revenue through filament sales.

Only time will tell if this becomes a strong competitor in the consumer market, but with over a quarter million dollars raised in just a matter of hours after launching…the Micro looks promising.

Specs

  • Printer Dimensions: 7.3 in³ (185 mm³)
  • 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. ~200g (pla) ~150g(abs) 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)

(Images via M3D)

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.