MakerGear, that wonderful online source for all kinds of 3D printing goodness, launched the Mosaic 3D Printer this past summer. The Mosaic is similar to several other inexpensive 3D printer kits. This item comes in three forms:
- The basic kit, for USD$799
- The "Plus" version for USD$999, which adds a heated build platform and completely assembled electronics
- The assembled version for USD$1499
The Mosaic 3D printer, like the MakerBots, includes a laser-cut wood frame that's glued together into a rigid shape. The Mosaic includes MakerGear's well-known 1.75mm Plastruder, but we noticed the precision rods and linear guides & rails that should ensure very smooth operation.
The build envelope for the Mosaic is a healthy 5x5x5 inches (or 12.7x12.7x12.7 mm), slightly bigger than some competing 3D printers.
If you're interested in a Mosaic, they are offered on MakerGear's site. As of this writing, however, it seems that they have only the Plus kit available at USD$999. Delivery should take approximately four weeks, but of course this could be subject to supplier delays.