When a company launches a new product on Kickstarter, it’s a good sign if that company has already run successful campaigns before, especially if they’re for similar products. Chinese company MakeX has already had two successful 3D printer campaigns, its first for the M-One DLP printer and the second for the M-Jewelry, also a DLP machine. Now the company is returning to Kickstarter for a third campaign, this time for an FDM 3D printer called MIGO.
MIGO is a portable, small 3D printer that nevertheless has a decent build volume for its size. It actually comes in two sizes: the 10 x 12 x 10 cm-build volume MIGO and the 15 x 15 x 15 cm-build volume MIGO L. Its minimalist design allows the build area to take up most of the printer, so that you aren’t making too much of a compactness vs. build size tradeoff. Made entirely from aluminum, the printer is lightweight and stable, and fits easily on any desktop. It’s easy to use, too; MakeX describes it as a plug and play machine that has self-leveling capabilities. If you’re looking for simplicity, MIGO has it.
Simplicity doesn’t necessarily mean limited, however, in terms of the things this 3D printer can do. MIGO can print with both ABS and PLA, and more materials will be supported. The print head can be swapped out with a laser head if you so choose. It’s Internet-connected and has a number of apps that allow the user to connect with others, building a 3D printing community based around the printer. It can also be monitored and controlled remotely via app or browser. The company’s user-friendly XMaker software supports multiple file formats. According to the MakeX, MIGO is “a 3D print community instead of a simple 3D printer.”
Dimensions: 15.5 x 19.5 x 27 cm (MIGO); 18.5 x 23.5 x 32.5 cm (MIGO L)
Build volume: 10 x 12 x 10 cm (MIGO); 15 x 15 x 15 cm (MIGO L)
Layer thickness: 10-100 microns
Nozzle size: 0.4 mm
The Kickstarter campaign for the MIGO 3D printer begins on November 14th. Early birds can get the printer for as low as $149. With its high-quality and high-precision prints, MIGO is suitable for engineers, designers and makers. Many 3D printers get bigger and more complex with the more features they have; MIGO shows that you can maintain simplicity and yet still have a machine with a good deal of versatility and connectivity.
In order to make the 3D printer more vibrant, MakeX is offering several different color options for MIGO, expanding its appeal to families and children. MakeX wants MIGO to be both the first 3D printer and the best 3D printer a user will have. Its ease of use, Internet connectivity and portability offer the simplicity of a starter printer, but its capabilities are professional, and MakeX has already shown that it can deliver quality with its other two 3D printers. Stay tuned for the launch of the Kickstarter next week and the release of additional information. [Update: the campaign is live now!]
MakeX will also be presenting the MIGO next week at formnext in Frankfurt, Germany, which is taking place from November 14th to the 17th. MakeX will be in Hall 3.0, Booth G21.
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