Actually this 3D printer only costs USD $300.00. The additional USD $50.00 is to cover for shipping. Global shipping, mind you. The Makibox A6 is the world’s most affordable 3D printer that can fit on your desktop. It occupies the length and width of a sheet of an A6 sized bond paper and you can use it to print basic shapes, tools, kitchen utensils, replacement pieces for your board games, and really, anything that can fit that little box can be carved out of there.
At first I thought I was being led to Kickstarter to fund this project but it seems to be another site made to look like it. Now don’t get me wrong, I want to give this guy the benefit of the doubt because who wouldn’t want something this innovative on your work desk? But from the very little information and photos (as well as videos) of actual printing happening.
A chunk of Reddit seems to think it’s Vaporware but the guy has already raised roughly USD $47,000, which is beyond his 100% of funding.
In its early stages, 3D printing isn’t quite ready for the consumer as of late. It’s only been a couple of years when 3-in-1 printers achieved the price range of around USD $60.00 and that’s saying a lot when these printers used to cost more than USD $400.00. It is however, exciting to see what the world of 3D printing has to bring forward to consumers. I do think that there will be questions with regards to copyright — not that cheap knockoff toys from China aren’t a concern, but it’s quite different when every American home can print their own toys for their kids.
In less than 5 years, I do think that instead of buying off the shelf, schematics will be widely available online for consumers to print out their own Nerf guns and action figures. Because it is happening now.
The most affordable desktop 3D printer ends its funding period in less than a day. There have been several dozen pre-orders but I’d really love to see the machine in action before putting my USD $300 bucks down.