With a bigger build volume, heated print bed, and a new processor system, the M3D Pro is an exciting update to the original M3D Micro.
The M3D Micro 3D Printer was aKickstarterwhirlwind back in 2014. With over $3 million in funding, it had a rosy future as a practical, plug-n-play 3Dprinter for complete beginners on a budget.
Unfortunately, while it was certainly a functional printer for the $349 price-tag,reviews pointed out thatthe Micros sluggish speeds, spotty reliability, and tiny print volume are going to leave you wishing youd purchased something more advanced.
This week, M3D has announced exactly that something more advanced. Unveiled atCEWeek 2016in NYC, the M3D Pro was crafted specifically in response to customer feedback. According to M3D co-founder and CEO Michael Armani:
Weve designed the Pro to have all of the capabilities of a commercial printer at a cost consumers want. Its the natural next step for the industry, transcending the limitations of casual use and allowing users to create more practical, everyday objects.
The M3D Pro is available for pre-order in August 2016 at the early-bird special price of $500. But what do you get for your money?
At first glance, the obvious change is that the new printer is much bigger. Yay!
Inside, it features the worlds first dual-ARM processor system, combining data input from over two dozen sensors to achieve a higher level of reliability.
Theres also a heated bed as standard, to combat the troublesome warping that affected the M3D Micro, and a more generous build volume of 200 x 180 x 180 mm.
In addition, the M3D Pro has a printing speed of 60 mm/s. That should be enough to eliminate any quips about being slower than molasses.
Large Build Volume: Up to 7.8 tall or 7.2 x 7.2 wide
Embedded Recovery in case of print failure
Stand Alone Mode allowing printing without being tethered to a computer
Accuracy: 25-350 micron layer heights, 0.40 mm nozzle extrusion
Print speed: Typically prints filament at 60mm/s, and travels at speeds up to 120 mm/s
For users looking to print something big but still wanting an affordable, unobtrusive printer, the M3D Pro is an enticing option. The ability to use third party filaments is particularly welcome. But dont believe that guff about the M3D Pro bridging the gap between consumer and commercial users.
In reality, the company is trying to hit the 3D printer sweet-spot they missed the first time around. Until we see or hear evidence to the contrary, we suspect the M3D Pro is still very much a consumer desktop 3D printer.
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