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Low cost 3D Micro printer pulls in $2m on Kickstarter in three days

72 hour cash downpour
Thu Apr 10 2014, 15:39

THE MICRO 3D home printer continues to pull in Kickstarter cash and has now raised over $2m.

The firm pulled in all that money in just 48 hours, and now has a total, still running, of $2,050,300, no, $2,050,599... Ah, we could be here all day.

Naturally, all those that are involved in the Micro printer are pleased at the news that has greeted them today, but they want to assure the very earliest investors that they will not be forgotten.

In a Kickstarter update it cooled concerns about excess demand, saying that more cash means a bigger, better outfit.

"Having so many backers means we have the opportunity to make many more Micros," it said.

"We know that some of you wonder if having more backers can affect your delivery dates, and rest assured more backers actually helps us hire more staff and get more Micros produced quickly and efficiently."

The Micro machine has a relatively low goal and has 30 days to raise $50,000. In two days it raised $1.5m, and the money continues to rain down.

There are still 26 days left in the campaign to run, but options for early investment are running out.

You could, if you were quicker, have obtained a Micro printer, which looks neat enough, for $199.

That early bird early adopter option would have secured the printer, a filament spool and a badge.

Other options are still available, and for $1 you can show basic support for 3D printing. $25 will get you a t-shirt, and $10,000 will get you a snazzy printer and a tour of its home office.

More reasonable, and still available, is a $399 version. This is presently your cheapest chance at getting a Micro printer from its first production run.

So much investment has come its way that the firm has room for exclamation marks in an excited post about its first 25 hours in the spotlight.

It raised the first $1m on those first hours, it said, and received a barrage of glowing comments about its proposition.

It added that while it had not expected so much attention so quickly, it would remain true to its original design.

"Thanks to your support, The Micro has received so much attention. You've shown the world that we are ready for a new consumer product category," it said.

"We [want] you to know that we are committed to maintaining delivery schedules. We always planned to eventually go into high-volume production. The additional pledges help us meet our production goals. In addition, assembling in the US guarantees quality and control of operations."

3D printing things have a habit of coining in cash on Kickstarter, and last year a sub-$100 model raised its funding in two days. µ


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