The M3D Micro is quite the looker — its smooth injection-molded body has almost no visible mechanics. Unfortunately, its micro print size, mediocre (at best) print quality, and shockingly slow print times don’t match its looks.
This machine is running, on average, 4 to 5 times slower than other printers — so slow, in fact, that we didn’t complete the testing during our weekend. I’m hopeful, however, that the mechanics can hold up to faster speeds and the issues can be sorted out in software. (Editor’s Note: This is why this review does not include a 360-degree view of the astronaut print unlike the other 3D printers in this buyer’s guide.)
M3D has chosen to write its own slicing and host software package. It’s a good start but could continue to see improvements.
I own and have access to a lot of printers, but could see buying the M3D as a fun novelty. I would not want this as my first or only 3D printer, but if you are looking for an extra toy, the Micro could be a good fit.
|Price As Tested:||$349|
|Bed Style:||Not Heated, BuildTak|
|Open Filament?:||Yes, Custom spools fit the machine best|
|Temperature Control?:||Yes, Tool head (240 °C max)|
|Host/Slicer Software:||M3D Software, proprietary|