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.
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.