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The first truly consumer 3D printer should be incredibly intuitive, easy to own, and seamless by design.
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Update 7: News From the Festival and Backer Print Requests

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USA Science and Engineering: The Rundown

Over the weekend, we exhibited at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and had the honor of meeting more than 60 of you in person. This was such an unexpected turnout especially since there are a few hundred of backers in the tri-state area. Some of you even drove up to four hours one way! We really loved meeting everyone and showing them The Micro in action.


We are glad that some of you could come out, post about your experiences, including blog entries, photos, videos, and more across the web. In case you could not make this show, no worries - we’ve got you covered. Mark Leisher Productions captured the event and created this video just for you:

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New Prints


We're spending much of the last week of our campaign working on demo prints that we've been collecting. These prints will include jewelry and also a nifty miniature figurine. So far we are really happy with the initial results. Here are some of our other recent prints.

3D Printing Your Own Display Case  

One of the greatest ways to use 3D printers is to combine 3D printed parts with everyday objects, such as Plexiglas sheet from the hardware store, allowing you to make things much larger than The Micro itself. For example, we made a one-foot sized display case to showcase the printer using corner brackets - designed in Google Sketchup - and also printed on The Micro. This allowed us to go to the festival this weekend with much greater ease because we could assemble the case on site and fold them up for travel. It also saved us money on the display case and allowed us to customize the size for our needs.

Business Card Holder

We also demonstrated how you can print parts over thin air by printing a business card holder out of tentacles (Attribution: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:213990).


Figurine Sneak Peak


Making miniatures on a 3D printer is easy and very rewarding. It can allow you to make personalized designs or print custom models that are not mass produced. In this style of figurine craft, the pieces were downloaded (Attribution: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:153061) and are being printed off of The Micro. They will then be assembled into a desired pose, glued onto a 50mm base, and then painted by hand to create a custom miniature work of art. We’ll be covering this and much more soon.

Thank you for your continued support!  
The M3D Team 

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    1. lifecycled on May 1, 2014

      A little astray, I logged into my android platform onto kickstarter and could not find my comment in the Forum. there is only one other here on this windows platform and yet many many more on the android platform. Are these separate forums?

    2. Ghrik on April 30, 2014

      Printing stuff for wargaming and modelling also brought me here. I didn't want to start a general discussion about that company and their copyright policy.
      I just want to keep possible trouble (resonable or not) away to have a smooth campaign :-)

    3. lifecycled on April 30, 2014

      Hi. I am interested in some nozzle variants. How do I manage my pledge? I was also curios in a future mod for the printer to accept a moving base plate. In this way it would be possible to print lengths exceeding the dimensions of the box. (My understanding is you have designed out the need for a heated base plate? ) Really looking forward to the end product. Any idea how many are pledged for Australia?

    4. Kent Shuford on April 30, 2014

      Normally I would agree with Ghrik about the copyright issue with respect to the particular gaming company he references. However, if the print is not for resale, there is nothing said gaming company can do. Let them waste their money on lawsuits they can't win. They have bigger financial concerns, like the 11M GBP they've lost in the last year. Keep up the great work on the KS. Miniature printing is the primary reason I want this printer.

    5. Ghrik on April 30, 2014

      Thanks for this update.
      I just wanted to point out that the printed miniature parts are a "unlicensed copy" of a miniature from a company which is well known in the gaming community to violently go to court to protect their IP. So I suggest to use another example for future updates.

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      Dmitriy Volkovoy on April 30, 2014

      @M3D LLC
      Smaller nozzle "them be user-installed, switchable" is good idea.
      An optimal variant would be where a person may select a smaller gain nozzle once (and less expensive) or as an additional for switch at great expense.
      Personally, I would prefer the second option (switchable nozzle). But people have the right to decide for themselves and pay respectively.

    7. Alexander Lozada on April 29, 2014

      @Michael, the card holder was extremely impressive. It was able to do that huge overhang with minimal droop on the bottom. Probably a combination of a very small layer width and something techy and cool M3D has under wraps.

    8. Michael Ramirez on April 29, 2014

      Ok, I'm impressed with the open air printing. with those buisness card holders. How exactly does it pull this off and and what are the physical limits? I've already got some ideas for minis with undercuts and I want to know just what is possible.

    9. Peter Worthington on April 29, 2014

      Hi M3D, I have been one of the first Backers and im truly amazed at the people that have given this product such great support, i was trying so hard to get some reason to fly over there from Australia to meet you guys at show but just couldnt do it, Hope fully when the storms stops i can get over there and meet you guys. Cheers again, P.S i have a few printers and i have never been so excited to now teach my wife and kids to print on this simple printer, truly amazaing M3D Team Keep up Good work

    10. Dan Bramos on April 29, 2014

      Woo Hoo! I'm in the video! It was great talking to Michael, David and everyone else there. Thanks for the update and all the info.

    11. Daniel Baxendale on April 29, 2014

      @R Travis Brown
      I don't know if your first name is also Ronan, but I was addressing the comment made my Ronan Lamour.

    12. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Reinhard Mitschang GREAT question! You can download the "roundcorner" tool from the plugin search feature - it's super easy. You can also through some complex manual features use follow-me rotation on an arc.

    13. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @MrBeta Thanks!

    14. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @R Travis Brown Thanks for your positive feedback, and coming to the show!

    15. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Reinhard Mitschang Thanks! We have room to improve yet : )

    16. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Ronan Lamour Thanks for your feedback. We do ask you to keep in mind, these prints are unpolished, untouched, unsmoothed, unpainted, and they are printed on a prototype Micro with a larger extrusion that 0.45 mm. There is much room to improve things but it is always going to be a little different than a store-bought model.

    17. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Mark Wheadon You will have the option to choose to add support, we were just showing that you can print basically over thin air, which is cool!

    18. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Jennifer Meinel Thanks for coming to the show! You are very welcome to post and share your link here so others can see it. It means more coming directly from one backer to another : )

    19. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Dmitriy Volkovoy We are still evaluating the prospect of different nozzle sizes. It seems likely that we will offer 0.3 mm as an option but we still have to decide if we can have them be user-installed, switchable, or a one time selection. We'll have news before the end of the campaign so that if it is an add-on option you can include it.

    20. M3D LLC 2-time creator on April 29, 2014

      @Sijbren Kuperus Thanks!

    21. Ian Peters on April 29, 2014

      @Mark Wheadon
      Ooooooh! Thanks for the pic! For a ~$300 finished-beta 3D printer I think they look fantastic.

    22. R Travis Brown on April 29, 2014

      @Daniel My comments on the detail were separate from the cost/benefit. I thought the prints looked as good as any of the other demo's except for the printer the NIH was using. That one was probably as expensive as it was ridiculously awesome.

    23. Mark Wheadon on April 29, 2014

      Here's an enlarged and sharpened version of the Figurine Sneak Peak image above for those of you who want to see a little more detail: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ye9qhbuijdtpvm/864e027dda3dd64cb525fe8d89826b6e_large.jpg

      Depending on your browser you may need to click on the image to see it at full res.

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      Michael R. Moscynski on April 29, 2014

      @Reinhard
      Follow me tool is great, but for a small round like that I would use the "round corners" plugin from Fredo6. http://sketchucation.com/pluginstore…
      You need to also install the library support plugin. http://sketchucation.com/pluginstore…
      I would recommend looking at all of the Fredo6 plugins (just do a search for Fredo6 on SketchUcation.com or Smustard.com) as they are highly useful tools.

    25. Daniel Baxendale on April 29, 2014

      It's also worth noting that it doesn't look like they've finished removing the support material on the miniature parts. So really they shouldn't be taken as anything more than what they're being presented as:
      A sneak peak.

      I'd like to see a photo after it's cleaned up and assembled but before it's painted though.

    26. Reinhard Mitschang on April 29, 2014

      @Oliver: NICE! thank You very much!

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      Oliver Pfeiffer on April 29, 2014

      Check the follow path tutorials in youtube.

    28. Reinhard Mitschang on April 29, 2014

      btw: how exactly did you create these display-corners? I wasn't able to create models with rounded corners with SketchUp.

    29. Mark Wheadon on April 29, 2014

      The detail is better than I was hoping for (M3D really should include that ruler in most of their images) but @Ronan if you're really interested in tiny figurines with near-perfect detail then you'll need one of those printers that uses UV and UV-activated resin. I've seen the output from one and it's impeccable. There are relatively cheap ones that use a cheap projector to transmit the outline into the resin for one layer, then move the work-in-progress one scan-line up in the resin and do the same again, and so on.

      However, the set resin wouldn't be useful for anything structural (we tried to print a modified servo-arm for me, but it was way too bendy), it snaps if you bend it too far, it's about $100+ a litre for the resin(!), the resin can only stay in the tray for a few days before you need to throw it away, you have to coat the tray in expensive silicone (which soon corrupts the resin) and presumably the resin corrupts if you use it for more than a few prints, and so on.

      So I'd say great if messy/fiddly/expensive for tiny figurines, but not really for much else...

      My modified servo arm finally printed great in ABS on a modified Makerbot -- accurate enough and nice and strong. Horses for courses I guess.

      [I'm new to 3D printing, so if any of the above is wrong or misleading my apologies!]

    30. Daniel Baxendale on April 29, 2014

      @Ronan
      Do you realise what scale that's at? Your expectations are likely too high if you think they're not very precise. If you're expecting quality rivaling infection moulded miniatures from a $300 printer then you'll have to wait another five, probably ten years before then.

      Even higher grade printers can't do much better at that scale, I'm really impressed. It'll look good when it's cleaned up. Gives me confidence in printing larger scale detailed models (I'll make them multi part so I can create things larger than the Micros build area allows).

      But yeah 3D printers won't be putting Games Workshop out of business...

      Yet.

    31. Reinhard Mitschang on April 29, 2014

      agreed...they look nearly as good as most metal-cast figurines I've seen at this size.

    32. Adam Truncale on April 29, 2014

      @ Ronan Lamour these are very small un-sanded models. The detail looks pretty good to me. I don't know what you expect?

    33. R Travis Brown on April 29, 2014

      Also, I didn't even notice that the display case was not a retail case. kudos.

    34. R Travis Brown on April 29, 2014

      I was there at the show. The printer was printing at 50 Microns. I thought the detail was extraordinary. David, who I spoke with mentioned that they still have some minor "tweaking" left. What I saw was a fully functional printer. He also mentioned that they were still working on printer nozzles.

    35. Ronan Lamour on April 29, 2014

      Minatures do not look very precise... Look like I made a mistake by pledging... Hope to see more precise pictures soon or maybe i'll remove my pledge. Sorry about it, if so. I'll check again on retail.

    36. Mark Wheadon on April 29, 2014

      (Pro tip there.)

    37. Mark Wheadon on April 29, 2014

      Thus showing that if your model cannot be printed without support, but you don't want the work of cleaning off that support, then add tentacles!

    38. Jennifer Meinel on April 29, 2014

      Why didn't you link to the different backer's comments and pictures from the event. You realize 10,000 people don't read the comments section, right? You talk about the backer comments who were at the show, but then don't tell people where they can see those comments. You might want to send an update with links to all the reviews and pictures the backers took.

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      Dmitriy Volkovoy on April 29, 2014

      "7 days to go":
      Smaller nozzle option, When?