While crowdfunding launches can be challenging, hard work, and a total crapshoot for many, we see a lot of really successful and downright impressive campaigns happening for innovative 3D printing companies today. It would be hard to compare any, however, with the staggering success of the M3D Micro, which was made available on Kickstarter last year, and can now be seen at the annual world Maker Faire going on in New York.
With a pledge of only $299, one could receive the best bang for their 3D printing buck on the planet–and it would seem, as we followed their progress, that most everyone agreed, rushing to support their campaign. With an original goal of raising a humble $50K, M3D exceeded their goal by 6,800 percent. And um, no, that is not a typo–and it is also absolutely not normal. (While we send positive vibes everybody’s way when they embark on a campaign, expecting that type of success is like hoping to win the lottery). M3D’s $3.4 million campaign has, in fact, gone down in the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest crowdfunded 3D printer to date, as well as winning the title of the biggest crowdfunded technology project on the East Coast.
Now, if you want to check out what all the hoopla is about, and see it for yourself, the already much famed Micro 3D printer in question will not only be on display at New York City’s 6th annual World Maker Faire but it will be the kickoff for the Micro’s retail launch.
The user friendly, very popular 3D printer, created by M3D co-founders Michael Armani and David Jones, will be available at a retail cost of $399 to $449 to the public, and available for sale on Amazon, Micro Center, and other international outlets.
“The Micro’s retail launch represents the culmination of two and a half years of refinement and fine tuning, ensuring we have a strong and reliable 3D printer for enthusiasts, professionals and everyday consumers to enjoy,” said Michael Armani, CEO at M3D. “People are waiting to discover 3D printing and we’re here to help, and there’s not a better stage than the World Maker Faire to make our announcement.”
- A spool of M3D’s own universal filament, 3D Ink
- One year warranty
- Free licensing option for multi-printer support
The Maker Faire will be held in New York on September 26th and 27th at the New York Hall of Science, in Queens. The event is a great chance to see and meet makers of all types who want to share what they create, as well as learn from others. In a huge display of imagination, innovation, and ingenuity, tech enthusiasts gather to show off technology, art, science, and a wide range of DIY projects.
Will you be attending Maker Faire? Let us know in the M3D Forum thread on 3DPB.com.