If you’ve thought that you’ve already seen the smallest of micro 3D printers the market has to offer, then you haven’t seen the M3D Micro 3D Printer yet. Upon first glance, it is indeed a head turner and not just with its miniscule size. This is a consumer-oriented, budget-friendly model that has a minimalistic yet attractive design. Therefore, it is clear it is designed for ease of use as it has an automatically calibrated print bed. However, its compact nature does promote some caveats as it has slow printing and print quality is only mediocre.
Meet the M3D Micro 3D Printer, the Smallest Micro 3D Printer
The M3D Micro 3D Printer is an open-frame cube outfitted with rounded corners. It measures in at 7.3-inches on each side and only weighs a mere 2.2-pounds. Therefore, it is not only the smallest but perhaps also the lightest printer to ever come out of the market.
As for its build area, it is weirdly shaped. It is a like a square layer cake that can print out 3D objects. It measures in at 4.6-inches for its height, and tapers from 4.4 x 4.3-inches at its base to 3.6 x 3.3-inches at the top.
With the use of the printer’s software, you can automatically calibrate the removable, unheated print bed. This joins the ranks of 3D printers who demands little or even no manual calibration. Objects are printed with polylactic acid (PLA) filament do adhere well to the unit’s print bed and the items can easily be removed once the print job is complete.
When it comes to printing with the M3D Micro, it does perform pretty fairly. Even when printing with low, medium, or high resolution settings, you will be hard-pressed to find the difference between outputs on the three printing modes. Prints tended to look slightly rough-hewn, and there are some fine details that will be lost. There are even times when the printer will show fine porousness in some areas of the item. However, this can be eliminated by switching the fill density from the hollow setting to low infill.
Perhaps the biggest downside of this mini-3D printer is its slow printing speed. Even at low quality setting, it will take about 5-hours to print an object. There are competitors in the compact 3D printer sector that can print in just about 2-hours.
While it is tiny and cute, the M3D Micro 3D Printer is an entry-level printer that sells for a reasonable price point. However, its print quality is mediocre and has a very small print bed. If you don’t mind waiting for 5-hours just for it to complete a print job, then you might want to try this model out.