Introducing the Desktop 3D Printer

The 3D printing revolution could be coming to your home with a new machine that costs less than an iPhone and can sit on your desktop.

MD3 is a company trying to produce an affordable 3D printing device and has set up a Kickstarter page in hopes that it can raise enough money to bring The Micro 3D printing machine to customers' homes.

The novelty machine is intended for beginners in 3D printing and can only "print" items that stand a few inches tall, but MD3 hopes that the affordable printer can bring the concept of 3D printing to the average consumer in order to get more people interested in the concept of home manufacturing.

Micro 3D weighs 2.2 lbs and prints objects up 4.6-inches tall, the company says.

The machine will be able to print in plastics and will be able to make toys, key chains, jewelry, and can even print with food stuffs such as chocolate.

MD3 says that their printer is plug and play and easy to use with open source software.

"At M3D we knew at some point in the future these tools would be a part of everyone’s lives, so we asked why not now?" said the company's founder Michael Armani.

"In order for [3D printers] to live up their potential, they need to be affordable and completely effortless to use," Armani said.

The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to end on May 7 and has already raised $250,000.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.


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