Microby M3D

  • Micro
  • Micro
  • Micro
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
70%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Micro is affordable.
  • The design is attractive and compact at only 7.3 inches per side.
  • It's easy to set up, operate, and maintain.

CONS

  • The Micro prints at a snail's pace.
  • As you might expect, the print area is small.
  • The filament is difficult to remove from the internal spool.
The Micro by M3D is a miniature 3D printer that weighs just 2.2 pounds. The perfect cube measures only 7.3 inches per side with an open-air design. Though the print bed is not heated, it is self-leveling. The Micro supports ABS and PLA printing. Connectivity is over a USB connection, and a 3.5-foot USB cable is included. The 3D-modeling software is compatible with Macs and PCs, and it supports STL and OBJ file types. There are two versions of the Micro: the standard edition and the retail edition. The standard edition has a three-month warranty and is priced at $349. The retail edition comes with a 12-month warranty and a spool of filament for $449.
NameMicroMini 3D PrinterCube 3da Vinci Jr.Replicator Mini
ManufacturerM3DLulzbot3D SystemsXYZprintingMakerbot
Techwalla Score
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List Price$349$1350$1000$350$1375
80%

I will say this for the M3D Micro though: not once did I experience a nozzle jam.

I will say this for the M3D Micro though: not once did I experience a nozzle jam.

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77%

It's a good "practice printer", but the software is notoriously unreliable...

It's a good "practice printer", but the software is notoriously unreliable...

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70%

It was prone to leaving whiskers of print material behind, and we saw some odd printing glitches that detracted from the quality of the fina…

It was prone to leaving whiskers of print material behind, and we saw some odd printing glitches that detracted from the quality of the final prints.

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70%

It fits nicely on my desk, whereas my other printers have dedicated cabinets/workstations.

It fits nicely on my desk, whereas my other printers have dedicated cabinets/workstations.

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60%

Loading the spool internally in testing wasn't difficult, but uninstalling it was an exercise in frustration.

Loading the spool internally in testing wasn't difficult, but uninstalling it was an exercise in frustration.

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60%

It’s definitely not the simplest process we’ve encountered in a 3D printer, but it’s fairly painless compared to some of the others that we’…

It’s definitely not the simplest process we’ve encountered in a 3D printer, but it’s fairly painless compared to some of the others that we’ve tested in the past...

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While small, inexpensive and downright adorable, this open-air printer is also rather slow.

While small, inexpensive and downright adorable, this open-air printer is also rather slow.

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Unfortunately, its micro print size, mediocre (at best) print quality, and shockingly slow print times don’t match its looks.

Unfortunately, its micro print size, mediocre (at best) print quality, and shockingly slow print times don’t match its looks.

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I was really impressed with the print quality of the Micro and it is comparable to that of my own printer, which is about 6x the price.

I was really impressed with the print quality of the Micro and it is comparable to that of my own printer, which is about 6x the price.

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