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A cheap (ish) 3D printer with cheap 3D prints – CNET

by • April 13, 2016 • No Comments

The new M3D Micro is like a toy that you’d get for your 10-year-old kid, or use the kid as the excuse to get it for by yourself.
For one, it is low-cost, costing just $350 — there’s a retail edition on Amazon that costs $450 that comes with filaments and extends the warranty of three months to a year. (It’s not widely on the market in the UK or Australia, but $350 converts to around £250 or AU$450.) Not precisely a tiny amount of cash, but in the world of 3D printing devices, where prices can run up to a few grand, it is unquestionably one of the cheapest. It’s super tiny in dimensions and cube-shaped, measuring a mere 7.3 inches (18.5 cm) in every dimension and weighs slightly additional than 2 pounds (1 kg).
And it is effortless to use. Everything you need to understand of getting it up and running can be discovered in this instructional YouTube video and as long as I followed those instructions, the printing device worked smoothly with nary an issue. That said, it is far of ideal.m3d-3d-printing device-3093.jpg
The Micro is a super tiny in dimensions cube, measuring just 7.3 inches on every side. James Martin/CNET

The Micro has one significant shortcoming: It needs to be physically connected to a desktop at all times in order to function. If during a print job the desktop is turned off, goes to sleep or if you accidentally close the printing software, the job can fail. Most 3D printing devices I’ve tested just need a connection to a desktop to initialize a printing device job, but are able-bodied to finish the job on their own. This one can’t.
Additionally, the Micro can just print tiny objects, its print speed is slow — an iPhone 6 case may take of 2 hours on normal-high end setting — and the print high end is lacking. But, these are common flaws of the talked about Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing innovation the Micro uses. If you want truly high high end prints, you’ll need a stereolithography (SLA) printing device. (Read additional of 3D printing technologies here.)M3D Micro 3D printing device specs
Print type Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printing device Printer dimensions 7.3-inch (185mm) cube Weight 2.2 pounds (1kg) Build volume Base: 109 by 113mm, at 74mm and above: 91 by 84mm; max height: 116mm Filament 1.75mm Filament cost $14 (regular) or $18 (tough) for a spool of 0.5 pound Connection USB 3D version files .stl, .obj Platform supported Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.6 or later If you are looking to ease into the world of 3D printing, the Micro is a safe buy. It’s a fun and effortless machine to use, actually for many kids, and won’t dig a massive hole in your wallet. But, if you are serious of 3D printing and are eager to fairly much learn a new trade, a larger printing device, such as the XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. — that costs the same, but is additional capable-bodied! — can assist you advantageous with additional printing options. And if you quite want to manufacture high-high end objects, save up for the $3,000 Formlabs Form 2.

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