Tiko 3D Buyers to be Rescued by M3D?

The M3D Micro desktop 3D printer family

The M3D Micro desktop 3D printer family

Earlier today we wrote on the ill-fated Tiko 3D project, which went into “hibernation” yesterday. Now we find that M3D wants to help. 

M3D is a company that was successfully launched via a crowdfunding campaign in 2014, raising enough cash to not only build and deliver their then-lowest cost desktop 3D printer, but also enough to continue developing their technology and ultimately launch and deliver a second, more powerful unit that we examined recently.

That’s how it’s supposed to work. Launching a 3D printer company from scratch via crowdfunding is very challenging, and even more so these days as there is tremendous competition, often from low-cost Asian manufacturers. 

But M3D seems to know how to do this, as they have done it - not just once, but twice! As a result, I suspect they are watching the Tiko 3D situation with great interest - and perhaps some sympathy. 

Today we’ve learned that that sympathy goes beyond mere feelings and has manifested itself in an actual offer. CEO Michael Armani explains: 

This industry has some years to go before there is a clear need for a 3D printer in every home, like what happened with the computer. That's because the value is not clear without people to develop applications, and this requires a nurturing feedback cycle from early and second stage adopters like yourself.

And then: 

I'm inviting the backers that never got a reward from another creator to join the 3D printing community with this special offer. Join our email list and we will get you a discount code to buy The Micro 3D Printer for $199.

That’s slightly more than the USD$179 price of the Tiko 3D machine, but hey, for that extra USD$20 you will actually receive a machine that is known to work! Certainly worth the value. 

There’s no way for M3D to know who is and isn’t a Tiko 3D backer, so this offer is really for anyone who joins their mailing list. The M3D Micro is a very good low-cost 3D printer that has been around for a while and is used by tens of thousands of makers, so you can’t go wrong here. 

Via M3D

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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