Yet another resin-technology personal 3D printer launches today on Kickstarter: the M-One by MakeX.
The market for resin-tech 3D printers has become quite crowded; we’re given announcement materials for new machines almost every other day lately. The M-One has to compete in this challenging space by demonstrating differences from the rest. So what differences did we notice?
Build volume is somewhat larger than most resin machines, which are all quite a bit smaller than most plastic extrusion build volumes. The M-One’s build volume is a very reasonable 145 x 110 x 170 mm. It's accuracy is also very good.
The M-One is positioned as an opensource project. This means you should be able to build your own M-One, eventually. It also means they use generally available components so you should be able to not only repair your M-One, but also improve it. They say:
As an opensource project, modification parts and instructions will be available to our supporters to make their own M-One system, which allows them to use their own projectors in the future. Users will then just need to screw the projector onto the frame, and the printer will be ready to use.
One thing that isn’t different is the look. While the M-One is truly beautiful machine, its industrial design is very similar to several other competing machines. However, it does come with several different color options.
The M-One’s software includes a very useful feature: hollowing. Models can be automatically hollowed, which dramatically lowers resin usage. Even better, the M-One is designed to “support all third-party material” to lower your operating costs.
Finally, the price. The M-One is being sold for only USD$1,699 if you’re lucky enough to get one of the first ten units off the shelf. Afterwards, the price rises to USD$2,099.