The days when 3D printers used to be over-expensive officially seem to be part of the past, as new and promising 3D printers start to get cheaper and cheaper. Last month, The Micro had been placed on Kickstarter. This 3D printer was striking, because of its very low price of less than 300 dollars. The Kickstarter campaign ended this week with a total in fundings of 3,4 million dollars funded by as many as 11,800 backers. And the first party to follow its example is California-based start-up New Matter, which now comes with MOD-t: another 3D printer priced less than 300 dollars.
Will this mean 3D printers will officially enter the consumer market? Who knows, as for the price people don’t have to stop themselves from buying a three-dimensional printer anymore. The pricing, however, is not the only interesting aspect of the new MOD-t printer, as the printer is also presented to be an easy-to-use tool for everyone. The machines will come along with an online library full of ready-to-print 3D models. In addition, a store full of high-quality 3D designs will also be launched, where customers can print directly from the store, without the need to use any kind of complex software that requires technical knowledge.
New Matter itself says the following about its printer:
“3D printing can be complicated, but our goal is to make it easy for everyone. The New Matter store will be full of beautiful, high-quality designs that we curate. The best part is that they will print directly from the store – no complex software or 3D design knowledge needed!”
The easy-to-use character of the machine as well as the low price definitely says something about the company’s goal to successfully approach to the consumer market. The company itself calls it “truly a printer for everyone”. Though, they need financial backings to make their project happen for everyone. It will be launched on Indiegogo on May 28th. With The Micro raising more than three million dollars in Kickstarter, there is a good chance for something similar to happen to MOD-t.
There is a video about this printer, in which the teams shows how the device works – in 33 seconds:
Image credits: New Matter.