3D printer manufacturer MakeX has already enjoyed Kickstarter success for its previous 3D printer crowdfunding campaigns – the first in 2014 for its M-One DLP 3D printer, and the second last year for its high-resolution M-Jewelry DLP 3D printer.
When MakeX launched its third Kickstarter campaign last month for the portable MIGO, which is the company’s first FDM 3D printer, it was easy to anticipate another success, and on all fronts, MakeX is delivering.
What’s unique about the MIGO 3D printer, which actually comes in two sizes, is its portability – the compact FDM 3D printer weighs less than one kilo. But even more than its small size is the fact that the MIGO is extremely well-suited for daily use, and can easily travel, thanks to its portable battery and mobile 3D printing backpack, which was, as MakeX tells us, customized for Migo.
“Migo is a portable printer and can be used at home, office, studio, etc. But we do not want it to be confined to indoor use,” MakeX told 3DPrint.com.
You can see that the MIGO 3D printer is the perfect choice for daily on-the-go 3D printing, as it fits snugly inside a see-through backpack that will become available for purchase after production has begun.
MakeX tells us, “We only need to put Migo inside, power it on and to start walking while printing. The users can purchase the backpack after we finish its batch production.”
The 3D printer is made out of lightweight aluminum, with a modular design and a handle, which is available in a variety of colors – all the better to carry it on your back or in your hand. The user-friendly MIGO, currently available in silver but with more color choices coming later, is of the plug and play variety, with just one button to worry about. Additionally, the extruder head’s power cord, the signal cable, and a few other components were all consolidated into a single TYPE-C for instant 3D printing.
The MIGO features a 10 x 12 x 10 cm build volume, while the MIGO L’s is 15 x 15 x 15 cm. The portable 3D printer is equipped with a heated platform and high-quality linear guidance, thanks to the print head’s patented location system and auto-leveling function.
Speaking of the print head, the MIGO offers you the option of replacing it with a 500 mw laser engraver, which is able to engrave soft surfaces such as wood, leather, plastic, and even food.
Because the MIGO 3D printer has such high stability, it can print anywhere from 100 mm per second to 200 mm per second, and still produce a smooth print. The smooth surfaces, and consistent precision, are also due to the nozzle’s 0.4 mm diameter and 0.05 mm layer resolution. Its built-in camera monitors the entire 3D printing process, and because the MIGO is WiFi-enabled, you can enjoy a wireless connection, though it is also equipped with Ethernet.
The 3D printer’s user-friendly Xmaker software lets users create and manage their own files, and also includes an OLED screen. Additional features include:
- Batch printing: pre-processed files allow you to check and adjust printing parameters and control, so you can print different models at the same time.
- Teaching mode: just scan the MIGO’s QR code to operate it in the classroom or office.
- Generative design app: choose your model, then print directly or modify it so it better fits your life.
Following the MIGO’s successful funding on Kickstarter, MakeX will be able to add more functions, such as dual printing heads, touch screens, and CNC heads. The campaign still has a week to go and has already exceeded its $100,000 funding goal by more than $30,000.
There are still a lot of Super Early Bird rewards left – a pledge of $219 will get you the MIGO 3D printer and a 500 g spool of 1.75 mm filament. For an extra $80, you can also get the optional laser engraver. You can check out the campaign video below and the Kickstarter here.
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