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Kickstarter: The Micro – The First Consumer 3D Printer

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Apr 10 2014

3d Printers are going to change the industry. Take a look at this Kickstarter with $2million in 4 days!

The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer

The first truly consumer 3D printer should be incredibly intuitive, easy to own, and seamless by design.

…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).

~ 2 million bucks in only a handful of days and weeks ahead of them…  Just think what will be possible 5 years from now.

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