Few 3D printer crowdfunding campaigns have been more successful than that of M3D back in 2014. Their Kickstarter campaign for the M3D Micro 3D printer reached its funding goal in minutes and went on to bring in more than $3.4 million altogether. A second Kickstarter campaign introduced the M3D Pro last year, and while that campaign didn’t hit the level of millions of dollars, it was still extremely successful, raising several times the initial funding goal. Today M3D announced that the Pro is now production ready – and they’ve also unveiled a new 3D printer model in the M3D Micro+.
The M3D Pro, which retails at $749, was designed for consumers who want an affordable large format 3D printer. The Pro can print objects up to 7.8 inches tall, or 7 x 7 inches wide. In addition to being big, the Pro also delivers objects that are exceptionally strong – which M3D claims to be as strong as injection molded parts, in fact, thanks to a novel “structural printing mode” that uses a 750 micron nozzle to fuse layers together with a stronger bond. It also features a geared direct drive that allows the printing of flexible filaments, a patent-pending heated glass print bed that uses three times less power, and a Dual-ARM processor system that combines data from over 20 different sensors for better reliability and consistency.
- Dimensions: 10.5″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″
- Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Build volume: 7″ x 7″ x 7.8″
- Nozzle: 0.40 mm (other sizes: 0.35, 0.5, and 0.75 mm available)
- Accuracy: 25-500 micron layer heights
- Print speed: 60 mm/s
- Travel speed: up to 120 mm/s
The M3D Pro is compatible with all industry standard 1.75 mm filaments, including filled materials and high-temperature materials up to 270°C. Future software updates will include additional features such as an embedded recovery mode that allows the printer to detect and offer real-time solutions to issues such as filament shortages and jams. It will also be compatible with Linux in the future.
The Micro+ is also production ready and is the second generation of the famous Micro 3D printer. Updates include a more advanced ARM processor core that doubles the print speed and enables greater compatibility with third party software. The entry-level 3D printer will also offer the ability to unlock additional firmware updates in the future, such as power loss recovery mode and untethered printing.
- Dimensions: 7.3″ x 7.3″ x 7.3″
- Weight: 2.35 pounds
- Build volume: 4.3″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″
- Nozzle: 0.35 mm
- Accuracy: 50-350 mm layer heights
- Print speed: 45 mm/s
- Travel speed: 90 mm/s
The Micro+ is also compatible with all third party filaments, and retails for $299.
“M3D challenged the industry with its original Micro 3D printer on Kickstarter in 2014 – we designed that product, at a time when a 3D printer *had* to cost more than $500 and be over-engineered with metal to be believable,” said Michael Armani, CEO and Co-Founder of M3D. “What we established was a new market for a quiet, safe, unintimidating 3D printer that everyone could use in their home. Users kept these printers beside them and were not relegated to keep them in their garage or basement. It was the first printer for many people, and we helped many people start businesses and inspire their kids – and that’s why we call it the first truly consumer 3D printer. But the story of M3D only starts here. M3D is, at its core a technology and business process innovation company. Our story started with 3D printers but we’re continually working to break barriers to make amazing new technologies more accessible to people all over the world, and we think the M3D Pro and Micro+ are perfect examples of how to make that happen.”
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