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

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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

FAQ

General Questions
How easy is the Micro and its software to use?

The Micro was designed to be easy for everyone to use from beginners to experts alike. If you can surf the web, you can use The Micro! The Micro’s software comes with a search engine for browsing through countless existing models just waiting for you to click print.

Do I need to know how to design in 3D?

Nope! Many enthusiastic designers already design and upload new models on a daily basis. They’re free and readily available to print through our search engine.

How do I learn 3D design?

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.

Will The Micro work with my computer?

Yes, The Micro can be used on a computer running Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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

We’d love to help answer all of your questions. Please contact us at press@printm3d.com.

Samples and Demo Units?

We get many request for units to review, but at this time we are focused on delivering over 12,000 printer pre-orders, as we have a duty to provide those early backers with their printers first.

Is there anywhere I can go to see The Micro before I buy it?

We recently attended the USA Science and Engineering Expo and we do plan on attending many more exhibits/trade shows in the future, which we would be glad to keep you updated through our mailing list. If you haven't already, you can check out our kickstarter and our youtube channel where you will be able to see The Micro 3D Printer in action.

Is the software provided with the printer?

We will provide software with the printer, which will support Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. The M3D software is compatible with standard 3D model formats like STL, and OBJ. It will let you control the basics, like resizing, scaling, and positioning, as well as more advanced feature controls that experts may want to use. These include support, flow rate, and temperature tweaks.
Along with the M3D software, if you want to develop your own models, you will need to use a separate program. There are many great expert and beginner programs. You can use almost any modeling software with it, such as Google Sketchup to export in the STL format. A great place to start is Google Sketchup because it is free, has a huge support community, and is taught in many schools now. The basics can be learned in a ~20 minute session. There is also a rapidly growing list of apps for iPad, Android, iPhone, Windows 8, and many websites where you can customize and design everyday items. It is easy and possible for a beginner user to find ways to make custom models, especially logos and figurines, through app markets like those on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows. All you need to do is find programs that export an STL file model. You upload this to the M3D software and hit print. It's really that easy!

How can I be added to the mailing list?

Please sign up at http://eepurl.com/YWi41

I would love more information about your product

Awesome! We're happy to answer your questions. For common questions please check out all of the information at:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/m3d/the-micro-the-first-truly-consumer-3d-printer

You can also get updates by following us on social media:
Our Youtube Page
http://instagram.com/themicro3d
https://twitter.com/TheMicro3D

Pre-ordering, Payment and Shipping Details
Are you accepting international pre-orders for the Micro?

Yes, absolutely! We have made the The Micro available globally to nearly all countries (except those that are embargoed by the U.S.).

If I would like to place a pre-order online now, when should I expect to get the printer?

If you do pre-order soon, estimated shipping is February 2015. As our capacity for February sells out, further pre-orders will be stated at later months.

When will I be charged for my pre-order?

You will be charged for the price of the printer as soon as you complete your pre-order. Shipping and taxes will be added later, since we anticipate our shipping costs will go down as we optimize our shipping network.

How much will the shipping costs be?

We are optimizing our worldwide shipping costs and our fulfillment network to get you the lowest cost and simplest shipping possible. About one month before your printer ships, you will receive an invoice to pay for shipping, any international taxes and any duties your country may require us to collect before shipment.
Please keep in mind that a few countries may charge customs duties in additional to VAT on the import of consumer products. If you’d like to know if your country charges customs on 3D printers, please check: http://www.dutycalculator.com/hs-lookup/184809/hs-tariff-code-for-3d-printer/.

Does The Micro carry any type of warranty?

The Micro 3D Printer is guaranteed to work and is warrantied for up to 90 days as long as it is in its original state. You are encouraged to contact our support team through info@printm3d.com to make sure that you can keep your printer running in the rare event that something goes wrong. We’re sure we can help you remotely. If your country requires longer warranties, we’ve got you covered as well. More importantly, we’re committed to making sure every customer has a positive experience with their printer. If The Micro isn’t working out to your expectations - get in touch and we’ll figure out the best solution for your situation.

When will the pre-order period end?

We anticipate taking pre-orders for the foreseeable future. There's strong demand for The Micro, and we want to make sure that we make our 3D printer available to everyone interested at the best price possible. However, as our capacity for each month sells out we have to move the shipping dates for new pre-orders further down the line.

There is an error on your website for pre-order Java script error. Do you have another link to make a preorder?

Please try the following link or try another browser: https://www.trycelery.com/shop/1oeewc.

Do you accept purchase orders or Paypal?

At the moment, we only accept payments of all major credit cards.

Are the printers and filament ready for shipping?

1kg spools on our website are ready for shipping immediately. Kickstarter printers and filaments are shipping between August and February. Other pre-orders will ship out according to the date stated when you submit your pre-order (currently February). Kickstarter orders must be fulfilled before other orders and in-stock filaments can ship immediately when ordered by themselves.

What if I move? Will I be able to update my shipping address after I place a pre-order?

It will be difficult to adjust your address once they’ve been collected. If you are planning to move, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing info@printm3d.com. When you get in touch, make sure you use the email you used to pre-order The Micro.

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

We don't have a system set up yet for providing discounts on bulk orders. However, the printer is at our special pre-order price of $349 for a limited time. If you are an experienced reseller or distributor and would like to sell The Micro, please email us at info@printm3d.com

Support and Service
Do you have a phone number where I can reach you?

The fastest way to reach us is always atinfo@printm3d.com, where we will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have in the order we receive them.

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 a 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 you press print.

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.

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: http://printm3d.com/themicro/#specifications.

Usage and Capabilities
Will The Micro print overhangs?

Yes, it does a great job on overhangs. If you click on this link you will be able to see an example of a business card holder made out of tentacles, which is a demonstration of how parts can be printed out of thin air!

Can the M3D print with metal or chocolate?

The Micro doesn’t print directly in metal or chocolate, but it is still possible to use it to create metal and chocolate objects in 3D. The is optimized to print plastic filaments in PLA and ABS. If you’d like to make jewelry or chocolate, follow the steps below for more information.

For making metal jewelry or chocolate, we can recommend using a 4 step process:
1. Find the model you want to print from our 3D model search engine or create your own. Then print it out in the filament of your choice.
2. Cover the print out in two-part silicone (EasyMold 33710), which takes only a few minutes to make by hand.
3. After the silicone has hardened, take the printed part out and fill the mold with a metal that flows like liquid at 144 degrees (62 C) called “Field’s metal”. You can also pour chocolate or wax into the molds.
4. After cooling, take the result out of the mold. For more details and pictures see our 9th Kickstarter update.

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.

Will it print more than one color at a time?

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.

Can I pause and change materials mid-print?

Yes, The Micro will support mid-print pausing. You will have to feed the filament in through a small hole in the extruder head to change the color without removing the filament spool from the base of the printer. Tutorials will be made available once The Micro ships.

I was wondering if The Micro 3D printer will be compatible with <X> Kickstarter project.

We would have to physically evaluate their systems to say with confidence. We feel that it is our current obligation and sole duty to get The Micro out to our backers before testing anything else at this time. However, we do expect compatibility with a variety of 3D printer related products and software programs; if not straight out of the box, then with minimal modification. We want to support the export/maker/hacker aspect of the field, so we also hope The Micro will also become a test platform for 3D motion and robotics projects.

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, and Linux.

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.

Materials
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 printm3d.com! 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 was wondering if The Micro is compatible with filaments such as ninjaflex.

Yes, The Micro is compatible with all standard 1.75 mm filaments. We support the widest range of materials possible. The only filaments we do not recommend that you use are those filled with particles such as wood particles or metal particles which may clog your printer nozzle.

I would like to know how much material there is in each of the pre-order ABS and PLA filaments (those for 13$).

We provide standard 1.75 mm filaments, that are nearly 1/2 lb. (225 g) rolls.

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 https://www.smartrecruiters.com/M3DLLC
or if you’d interested in helping in some other way, email us at jobs@printm3d.com.

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 press@printm3d.com

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)
Instructions
Warranty

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
Glass-Filled ABS Body

Software

M3D software for an effortless, plug-and-play experience
Supports and uses open source software (for advanced users)
File Types Supported: .stl, .obj
Compatible with Mac and PC. Linux will also likely be supported.

meet the micro family

The Micro 3D printer family