Affordable 3D Micro Printer Raises $1 Million on Kickstarter in One Day, Flies Past $50,000 Goal [VIDEO]
3D printing seems to be the way of the future, and a consumer model just became much closer to reality. A small and commercially viable 3D printer named Micro yesterday reached $1 million in funding on Kickstarter, just a day after the fund-raising for the product began.
Micro's creator M3D had only set a $50,000 funding goal, but already stands at $1.67 million with 27 more days of its Kickstarter remaining. The problem with professional and business 3D printers so far has been size and cost, but the consumer-focused Micro would be available for just $300 and weighs only 2.2 pounds.
It has a slim frame design, and the software that goes with it is meant to be as simple and easy to use as the device itself. M3D's computer program is touch-screen compatible, and offers a plethora of models to browse and select online. You simply drag the model into the 3D printing space on the program, adjust if needed, and hit print. The Micro does the rest of the work, and the idea behind the product is that anyone will be able to use it. There are more advanced settings for expert users, as well.
Having been such a smash success on Kickstarter, this machine will more than likely be coming. Kickstarters have had trouble in the past delivering their product even after funding, but with such financial success and demand, I would bet on this making it to market.
Whether it's successful beyond delivering its launch plans is another question, but I imagine people will at least get the product they backed. This advancement in consumer 3D printing could change the whole industry and finally make it viable for people to have their own other 3D printers in their households within the next few years. Watch its Kickstarter video below to see Micro in action.