There are quite a few stories floating around that discuss how Kickstarter, an online angel investor platform that connects inventors and those with ideas requiring funding with faceless investors who believe in their idea and wish to back it for some sort of reward at the end of the campaign, assists those with 3D printer ideas in making their dreams a reality through financial backing. This isn’t the newest of investment success stories, but it’s certainly one of the quickest. One of the cheapest designs to reach the 3D printing market reached its investment goal in 11 minutes and it’s being touted as the first mass market version of 3D printers that will be hitting the shelves in the near future.
About the Printer
The minds behind the project, M3D, managed to reach their $50,000 USD target and ended up exceeding $1M USD just over twenty eight days ago. Those who got involved with the project before the initial goal will be able to purchase the printer for a fraction of the global retail price (an estimated tag of $199) and those who got involved a little later in the game will be able to pay $299.
The printer is being dubbed Micro due to its desktop-friendly dimensions along with the simplicity involved in operating it. Normally, 3D printing is associated with more technically advanced operations and those who use them will be required to be a bit more proficient their design capabilities. This isn’t the case with Micro. It will come prepackaged with simple software that lets users click, drag, and drop a variety of already designed objects onto the bed for printing; much like how Clipart is used.
Measuring at just 7.3 cubic inches and weighing less than two pounds, the Micro will be one of the most ultra portable 3D printers available on the market today. It is also being designed with cross compatibility in mind, as it will be usable on Windows, Mac OSX, and various Linux distros.
All of what’s known at this time is that those who became involved in the project will pay more than $299 for the 3D printer. What happens when it’s released to the general public, though, remains speculation and there are no firm pricing details in place for the Micro.
What is known, though, is that M3D doesn’t plan to charge exceptional amounts for 3D printers: something that’s commonly associated with some of the large scale models. It’s believed that more consumers will be willing to pay a smaller price tag for a comparably smaller product simply because the technology is so innovative. It’s not something that’s routinely found in homes yet, so those who are buying it for home use are taking a bit of a gamble with investments like 3D printers. This isn’t the case any longer. At currently less than $300, the Micro costs about the same as many enthusiast-level pieces of hardware and isn’t expected to cause any uproar when it comes to the price tag.