I’m going to assume you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory. Remember the episode where Raj and Howard buy a second-hand industrial 3-D printer to make all sorts of tools and things, as well as little action figures of themselves? The point here is that even used, the device cost thousands of dollars. Hardly something you would buy on a whim. Interestingly enough, an entire industry sprouted around access to tools and hardware that weren’t economical for inventors and hobbyists. Places like Work Space Garage are doing quite well.

Fast forward to the present where M3D LLC of Bethesda, MD are racking up millions of dollars (way more than their original $50,000 goal) to bring a small 3D printer to just about anyone who can scratch together a few Benjamins.  Forget the fact that the first 250 backers got in for $199, you too can grab one by backing them at $300

By their (and my) account, M3D is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box.  Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes. They built it to be precise and to last. It’s a useful tool and something fun! Great work!

What will YOU make?

The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer by M3D LLC — Kickstarter.