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Micro, the $300 device that will bring 3D printing to the masses, tops $3M on Kickstarter

Zach Epstein
April 28th, 2014 at 9:50 AM
M3D Micro 3D Printer

3D printing is one of precious few exciting new technologies that have the potential to dramatically change our lives. The tech has already revolutionized manufacturing, allowing businesses to build models and prototypes in mere hours instead of days or even weeks, for small companies. Now, 3D printing is on the verge of making its way into consumers’ lives as well, and M3D’s “Micro” printer is positioned to be at the front of this huge push.

With nine days left in its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the company has now raised more than $3 million.

We last covered the Micro 3D printer three weeks ago, when the device managed to rack up $1 million in funding during its first day on Kickstarter. What makes the Micro so appealing? Early backers can own this remarkably capable 3D printer starting at just $199.

M3D’s printer is compact and light, measuring 7.3 inches tall and weighing just 2.2 pounds, but it includes a full feature set. The company lists the following 15 innovations on its Kickstarter page:

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.

$199 printer packages are all sold out but there is one $299 funding option left that will be delivered early next year. M3D’s first run of Micro printers are scheduled to ship this coming November to early backers.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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