The 3D printing industry is just at its beginning, and as any other nascent technology, it isn’t quite cheap. So, for example, when looking for cheap and affordable 3D printers, expect to pay not less than $1000. However, thanks to the power of crowdfunding, this could change – The Micro is a really cheap 3D printer that has already crossed its initial funding goal of $50,000, reaching $300, 000 with almost an entire month left.
So, when we say cheap, we really mean cheap – but only for those who were lucky enough. For the early adopters, The Micro could have been purchased for just $199. The next limited special price was $249 and now it is available for $299, and after this is gone, you will be able to buy it for $599, plus 3 filament spools and your name engraved. However, the Kickstarter version are from pre-production batches, while the fully functional Micro 3D printer will be available for $899. So, as we can see there’s a little bit of a marketing gimmick here, but still, it’s a pretty affordable 3D printer.
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. 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!
M3D, the company behind The Micro, says this ultra-portable 3D printer comes with the Micro Motion Technology, which is an auto-leveling and auto-calibration system that the company has developed on its own. M3D also says that this is the most space-efficient 3D printer ever made, the quietest and consumes the least amount of power. It comes wtih replaceable print beds and nozzles and accepts PLA and ABS plastics as well the company’s own Micro filament spools.
Price isn’t the single feature which makes this 3D printer the first “truly consumer friendly”, as it also comes with a minimalist and touch-friendly interface delivered through its application. If you’re not sure of what you want to 3D print, you have the option to search for objects to print online and then organize them into a library. The Micro is really lightweight, weighing roughly 2.2 lb (1 kg).