meet the micro

12,000 backers and the largest 3D printer kickstarter ever

the first truly consumer 3D printer

meticulously designed

for fun,

Micro 3D Printer for fun

for education.

Micro 3D Printer for education
High quality prints

Designed by Danny Tasmakis

Micro Motion Sensor Chip

Intelligent positioning feedback for precision.

Micro Motion Sensor Chip

Aerospace Grade Ceramic Heater System

Rapid and precise heating.

Aerospace Grade Ceramic Heater System

Carbon Fiber Rods

The carbon fiber rods provide for a sturdy and lightweight build.

Carbon Fiber Rods

Maintenance Free Printing

A multi-calibration system ensuring reliable prints.

Maintenance Free Printing

Filament Compartment

The print bed pops up to reveal the cleverly concealed filament compartment. Swap out filament with ease.

Filament Compartment


General Questions
I'm not a 3D designer. Can I still use The Micro?

Yes! There are over a million 3D models available for free online. You can download and import the majority of these into our software with ease. Click here to find free models.

How long does setup take?

The installation is plug & play and you can be up and running in a few minutes. Setup requires a software download and one time setup instructions. Watch Quick start Video

What about software?

The Micro comes with free 3D printing software for Windows and Mac. Our built in settings are already optimized so that you can get started printing high quality right away. Our software does not allow for 3D design however you can use one of the many tools listed below.

Where can I learn to make my own designs?

For those of you excited to learn how to design parts in 3D, there are quite a few options depending on your goals and experience. For the new engineer, DIY hobbyist or architect, we recommend Google Sketchup which is free software. If you’re an engineering student in college, you might want to learn more professional software packages such as Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor which are more challenging but allow you to have more intricate design options. 3D artists often use Maya and 3DS max.

How much does it really cost to use?

The least you need to get started is The Micro 3D Printer and one 3D Ink filament spool. 3D Ink is the plastic used to make an object and is the only major additional cost of running your printer. Our printer is very efficient, printing mostly hollow prints with a honeycomb structure inside, which makes them both strong and light. That's why one spool can easily print 100s of small models.

I would like to see The Micro in action
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Ordering, Payment and Shipping Details
Where do you ship from?

All orders are shipped from our U.S. headquarters in Fulton, MD.

Do you accept international orders?

Yes, absolutely! We have made the The Micro available globally to all countries that are not on the US embargo list. International orders are shipped through either USPS or UPS, depending on which one we've found is most efficient in your region.

How much will shipping cost?

To get the exact shipping cost, add your items to the cart and proceed to the checkout page by entering your information. You will be able to see the rate before being asked for payment. International shipments may require import duties or VAT to be paid at the time of delivery. If you’d like to know whether your country charges customs on 3D printers, please check:

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept payments of all major credit cards, Google Pay & Paypal. You may also request a PO for bulk orders by emailing

We were just wondering if any discount would be available for bulk orders of The Micros?

If you plan to order more than 10 printers, you may qualify for a bulk reseller rate. Please email us at

Technical Specifications
Is The Micro’s print bed heated?

That’s a great question! We’ve designed The Micro very carefully to make sure that the heated bed isn’t necessary, even when printing ABS. To do this, we designed a special self-leveling bed which we’ve found to work even better than most heated beds.

Whoa! - The Micro has a self-leveling print bed?

Yes, and this is one of the most important features a 3D printer can have - we realized that a self-leveling bed goes a long way to ensure consistent results every time.

What is the biggest model that can be printed on this machine?

The Micro can print objects as tall as 116mm (4.6"). The base print area is 109mm x 113mm (4.3" x 4.5”). Above a height of 75mm the print base area is 91mm x 85mm (3.6” x 3.3”).

Can you explain the resolution metrics (feature size, layer thickness, X/Y resolution etc.)?

Sure! There are a few things to consider. First, the X/Y positioning resolution is 15 microns. You can choose layer resolutions from 50 microns to 350 microns. We’ve found that the best balance of print speed and quality is between 150-250 micron resolution.
Last, the minimum feature size (important for the tiniest of features) is defined by the printer’s nozzle diameter. Our standard nozzle diameter is 350 microns provides the finest feature printing compared to any other standard in filament based 3D printing.

What is the printhead speed?

We’ve optimized The Micro for movement of 60 mm/s, although faster speeds may be accessed through open source software control.

Is it possible to build parts without support material?

Yes, you can turn support on and off in The Micro’s software. You can also orient your part so that support is not necessary.

How is The Micro powered?

The Micro uses an external power supply. Each order will include a power supply that’s compatible with the voltage at your shipping location - in the US, that will be a 120 V supply, and for most of Europe and the rest of the world, it will be 220 V.

Will the printer and parts last?

Absolutely. The Micro is meticulously designed and will last thousands of hours without maintenance other than changing filament spools or the printbed.

What is The Micro made out of?

The Micro’s case is a high-end engineering-grade polymer, its rods and other metal parts are stainless steel, its gantry is strong carbon fiber with self-lubricating sliders and its heater is an aerospace-grade ceramic heater.

Want more technical specs?

You got it! Check out our technical specs section on The Micro product page:

Is a warranty included?

The Micro 3D Printer reatail package comes with an industry leading 1 year warranty. The standard version comes with a industry standard 3 month warranty.

Usage and Capabilities
Can I print in more than one color?

The Micro can only print in one color, however we do have the pause and print feature. That way you would be able to print multiple colors in one print setting. Also another cool tip to have multi-color prints is to use white filament and color marker the strand as it prints.

I would like to know if it is compatible with any 3D scanner devices.

If you plan to use a 3D scanner with The Micro you’ll need software that will save the generated models in compatible 3D printing formats: STL or OBJ. Then, all you’ll have to do is load the ready-to-print model into our software and click print!

What systems are supported by The Micro?

The Micro supports Windows, Mac.

Does The Micro use PVA support?

The Micro doesn’t require a separate support material such as dissolvable PVA. The Micro instead uses a single extruder and the same material you are printing with to support itself. Once the part finishes printing, the support pulls away from the part.

Will the printer support Cura or any other open source programs?

Yes, the printer will support and use open source software. Please keep in mind that The M3D software is compatible with standard 3D models like STL, and OBJ.

What is the software called that you are using and where can I download it?

The Micro’s software will be available through our website when The Micros ship.

Can you change the height of each layer?

Yep, The Micro’s software allows you to select your layer resolution from 50 to 350 microns.

Does your system calibrate the temperature required for the filament being used?

Yes. When you insert a new filament spool, all you’ll need to do is select the type of material on the new spool and our software does the rest.

What materials can I print in?

The Micro is designed to print with either PLA or ABS. However, there are many other materials out there, and we’re always experimenting: stay tuned for even more compatible materials in the future.

Does The Micro use a material/filament cartridge?

Nope! The Micro uses a simple and efficient filament roll, which ensures that you can use standard 1.75mm filament, unlike many cartridge systems. The Micro filament rolls we provide allow you to purchase many more color options without buying more than you’ll need to use and they fit neatly inside the printer’s base.

Where do I get replacement filaments for my Micro?

Why, right here at! We provide high-quality filament in a variety of colors and materials.

How much printing will one full thing of spool get me?

With one Micro spool of filament you can print about 45 vases from our Kickstarter page (scroll down to an image of an orange vase).

Can you tell me the difference between ABS and PLA?

PLA is a bio-degradable, plant-based plastic which is safe for the environment because it can be made from renewable resources such as corn starch. PLA plastic has a faint baked-goods-like odor (if any). PLA has a shinier appearance than ABS and is hard and strong when printed thick. It can be more brittle when printed thin than ABS.
ABS is a very common plastic used to make everything from carrying cases to toy building blocks. It’s a bit more flexible than PLA plastic and is known for being the better option for engineering parts and higher precision prints. ABS plastic is suggested for use in a well-ventilated area and also comes in a variety of colors. ABS can be quite flexible when printed thin (such as less than a 2.5mm or 0.1 inches thick).

Do you have any chameleon filament?

At the moment, we provide chameleon filament in the following colors: blue, green, orange, and rose red. You can buy these items at our filament storefront.

I would like to know how much material there is in each of the filament spools.

We provide standard 1.75 mm filaments, that are nearly about 1/2 lb (225 g) and provide enough material to print a few dozen models.

About M3D
How did you make it so affordable?

We worked very hard over a period of 2 years with countless debates between artists, engineers and production experts to achieve the look, the price and the performance we desired. It was our unwillingness to compromise on any of these aspects that made The Micro such an affordable technological feat.

Where are you guys based?

We are located in Maryland USA, very close to the US capital.

Where are the printers made?

We’re very proud to say that The Micro 3D Printer will be assembled in the USA using a mix of custom-designed domestic and imported parts. Not only are we devoted to the resurgence of manufacturing in the USA, we also believe that this is essential to achieve the level of quality that we’re committed to providing.

Are you looking for help or hiring?

Yes! We’re always happy to speak with enthusiastic and talented individuals, companies, manufacturers, volunteers, community members, and those who have suggestions that can help contribute to our goal of making 3D printing more accessible.
Please apply to one of our opportunities at
or if you’d interested in helping in some other way, email us at

Will you be providing more products in the future?

Yes, we are definitely planning to launch more revolutionary products. However, The Micro and it’s filaments are currently our highest priority.

I’m a journalist and have questions, who do I contact?

Excellent! We’d love to help answer all of your questions. Please contact us at

How do I get in touch with M3D?

The fastest way to reach us is where we will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have.

What's Included

M3D software for an effortless, plug-and-play experience
Micro motion sensor for accuracy and ease of use
USB cable
Power Adapter (Country-Specific)

Technical Specifications

Supports many different materials: ABS, PLA, nylon, professional, chameleon
50-350 micron layer resolution
15 micron X and Y positioning accuracy
Filament: standard 1.75mm. 1/2lb rolls fit within print bed and allow you to try a variety of materials and colors for less! Standard filament rolls also supported.
Print height: 116mm (4.6")
Base Print Area: 109mm x 113mm
Print Area Above 74mm: 91mm x 84mm
Removable Print Bed Size: 128x128mm
Printer Dimensions: It's a cube, 7.3 in (185 mm) per side.
Printer weight: 1kg (2.2 lbs)
Package weight: 2kg - 2.7kg (4.4 lbs - 6 lbs)
USB Compatible


M3D software for an effortless, plug-and-play experience
File Types Supported: .stl, .obj
Compatible with Mac and PC.
Hardware Requirements

meet the micro family

The Micro 3D printer family