The first truly consumer 3D printer should be incredibly intuitive, easy to own, and seamless by design. This project has already beat it’s goal of $50,000 by $1,550,000. If that doesn’t show you how excited people are for 3D printing then I don’t know what will. This project, the Micro 3D is a small, cheap, consumer 3D printer that is aiming to be on the market by August 2014. This is shaking up the world of 3D printing because traditionally you are looking at over $1000 for a 3D printer. These guys want to sell them for less than $500.
I am excited by the way 3D printing it growing and maturing, I have only seen a couple 3D printers my self but I would like to have this one on my desk. You can check out the Kickstarter page right here and support them.

…And That’s Why We Made The Micro

It is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box.  Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes.

The Micro is Designed For Everyone

Bring your ideas to life, turn them into businesses, educate, learn, personalize products, make toys, make jewelry, start a curriculum, run a modern workshop, and unleash your creativity.  The power of creation is yours!

A Fantastic 3D Printing Experience

We’ve built The Micro with reliability, consistency, and accessibility in mind.  Micro Motion Technology is a sensor and feedback system built into the print head, providing auto-leveling and auto-calibration.  This means that every time you run the printer it works, even after thousands of hours of use! The Micro is not only a useful tool, it makes 3D printing an enjoyable experience for the every-day person.

Material & Filament options

You can use PLA or ABS, as well as our Micro filament spools or standard 1.75 mm filament spools available on the market.

What’s the difference?  We made Micro filament spools so that people can print with more materials and colors, by adding $12 to their pledge amount per spool.  These spools fit inside The Micro, allowing it to be portable and seamless.  They weigh nearly 1/2 lb (225 g) of.That is enough material to make 45 of the vases from the time-lapse in our video!

The Micro filament spools are fed from inside the printer.  Alternatively, you can use an external filament access port located on top of the extruder.

Software Options

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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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).

How Did You Create The Micro?

Starting with a seamless design, the Micro evolved from two years of productive debates between engineers, artists and production experts.  Since everyone was involved from the beginning, their vision of the product was fully integrated into the final result.  This led to 15 innovations in the field of 3D printing and we are very honored to share the result of all that hard work with you.

But the work doesn’t stop there. We want your feedback on The Micro, and help us build a community that can be a part of this exciting project.

15 Innovations

M3D has introduced many innovations in the field of filament-based 3D printing with the introduction of The Micro:

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.

Designed & Assembled in The USA

The Micro was designed for assembly and production in the USA.  We will use a combination of imported and domestic components to assemble all of the printers near our Bethesda, MD location.

Your Backing = Earlier Delivery

We’re ready for production and really need your support to ramp up assembly to get printers to you as early as possible.  We’ve been preparing for this stage for over a year by buying and testing parts from over 100 manufacturers and talking with hundreds more.

By pre-ordering now you’ll help us reach our last crucial milestone: purchasing the injection molds that will provide us with high-quality, high-volume 3D printer parts we need to assemble the most affordable consumer 3D printer ever.  In return, you’ll get one of the first Micro 3D Printers and be an early adopter of this exciting project.  For that we cannot thank you enough.

What’s Included with My Reward?

Besides our eternal gratitude, we’ll assemble a Micro 3D Printer with great care in the US and send it to you along with M3D software, instructions manual, USB cable, country-specific power adapter, and one Micro filament spool.  You can unbox it, install the software, and print right away – it’s as quick and as simple as that.

Why We Need You

As far as we’ve come, we’ve only just scratched the surface of what’s possible using this technology. We need your help to take it further, and make The Micro a reality.

Production Timeline:

The Incredible M3D Team

Everyone at M3D has a single-minded focus to deliver an amazingly fun and fulfilling 3D printing experience for everyone. To get here has been very rewarding, and we’ve formed an amazing team of gems. We would like to give a special thanks to so many supporters, motivators, backers, team members, and advisors that helped us get to where we are so quickly:

Thanks For Your Support!

Risks and challengesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter

 

As with any innovative project, we face several key risks and challenges. The primary risks include:

INJECTION MOLDING
We consider this is our only significant risk. Injection molding has very large capital expenses and thus we can only secure one manufacturer. In addition, when making the specification for the seamless frame of The Micro, we demanded only the best quality surface finish. Injection molding is one part science and one part artistic optimization. Thus the mold may take up to 4 months to produce and perfect. For this reason we have put a great deal of careful planning and strategy into the sourcing of our injection molded parts such as working with suppliers in North America to ensure that the long lead time parts are closest to us.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS
Before starting we noticed that some projects can encounter unexpected hurdles when going from prototype to production. That’s why we have done so much work to test The Micro with over 100 manufacturers to ensure that our designs are production ready and designed for both manufacturing and assembly. The last pieces to be ordered are the very expensive injection molds for plastic parts. To verify these designs we’ve had them CNC’d and 3D printed so that the injection molds are as close to our prototypes as possible.