When we first heard about the Micro3D, we were a bit skeptical; the specs seemed too good to be true, but we decided to back it anyway. When we heard that they would be at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, we decided to scope them out in person and were amazed. If you're in a rush, the bottom line is this: The only machine at the festival with better results was a CNC machine that was the size of a small car and cost upwards of $8500.
The Micro3D is a 3D printer that first appeared on Kickstarter in early April with an unheard of price point of $300 for early backers. Within seconds of launching, the first orders came in and within minutes they had reached their goal of $50 thousand. Twenty four hours later, they had broken $1 million in funding. As of this writing, the funding has reached over $3 million with over 10 thousand backers and 10 days to go.
When we told Mike, David and the team from Micro that they had the best 3D printer at the show, even outperforming the one in the NASA exhibit, they were honestly surprised. They then informed us that many people still didn't believe that the Micro3D was even real. Many people have been complaining that they couldn't see the build lines in the photos. After we helped the Micro team with their camera, they were more than happy to allow us to take some close up photos of their models. It was quite difficult to photograph the lines on the prints because they are much thinner than the lines on prints from other printers. With these amazing results, it's hard to imagine that the firmware isn't even completed yet. We've been told that the accuracy will be improved even more.
We weren't able to to pry too many details out of the team, but we were told that the micro is barely able to run with an Arduino mega. They are keeping the internals under wraps for now, but they were able to tell us that they've already been approached by MicroCenter and Amazon as well as potential support in Microsoft's 3D suites.
This gallery contains images of prints from most if not all of the 3D printers on display at the festival.
And a video for all you skeptics.
Side Note: The Wolf Robotics 3D printer takes the prize for lowest resolution, coolest design, and biggest build area.
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We have ressurected the randomosity freebuild server at the ip freebuild.randomosity.net.
We are using several mods including furniture, microblocks, and worldedit. As a result of this, you will need to use the technic launcher to connect. You can get that here.
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Over the next month, we'll be screwing fixing this section of the site up.
You can already see the fruits of my 15 minutes of labor in columnizing the layout. Even though this may appear to be a php generated page, it's all strait HTML written in nano. I'm not too happy with the look as it is, but I do like how fast it loads. The overall plan is to keep the site easy on the browser and eventually integrate all of the available features into this page. Long term goals include putting a forum of some sort up and getting a blog going.
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