The Micro: A Consumer 3D Printer You Can Get for $300

3D printers shouldn’t be just easy to use, but also affordable, and fortunately The Micro tackles both of these aspects gracefully in what seems to be a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

This field is definitely seeing some diversification, not only in terms of price, but also in terms of functionality. Some companies bio-print organs and blood vessels, others try to prove how easy it is to print food, and then there’s yet another group of developers who think that there should be a 3D printer on top of everyone’s desk, even if it is just for fun.

M3D, the Bethesda-based company that created The Micro 3D printer, explained on the crowdfunding platform that “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.”

The Micro measures only 7.3 in³ (185 mm³) on any of its sides, and weighs 2.2 lb (1 kg). In other words, it’s extremely portable and can be carried around or mover from one place to another without hassle. On top of that, The Micro has no preferences in terms of operating systems, as it comes with drivers and software for Windows, Mac, or Linux. There are also plenty of options in what concerns the compatible materials, The Micro being able to print using ABS, PLA, and Nylon.

As seen in the pictures, The Micro will be available in several different color options, to satisfy different needs and tastes, especially when it comes to people who want to assort their gadgets to the color of their walls.

There is no doubt that The Micro will become a reality this August, especially since the company was backed with more than seven times the initial goal of $50K and there are still 29 more days to go.

Some people have noticed on YouTube (and most probably elsewhere, as well) that 3D printing is the death of LEGO, hence the Danish company’s recent ardent involvement in movies and video games. Since 1932, when it was founded, LEGO made a lot of cash from selling plastic bricks, so maybe now it’s someone else’s time to rule in this and many other departments that involve polymers.

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