- A self-aware printer
- Precision metal engineering
Having used a Micro for a while, I already am familiar with M3D's quality. And, so are a lot of other Micro owners. In fact, the bulk of the Kickstarter participants for the Pro are currently Micro owners. That tells me a LOT.
But, the Pro is NOT the Micro when it comes to fundamental design. It will be far superior in that the plastic parts of the Micro have been replaced with highly precisely machined metal parts in the Pro. The update describes it this way:
Now I hope you get a feel for why we jumped at the chance to participate in the M3D Pro Kickstarter in order to get one sooner rather than later.
The Pro cost of goods is over 3 times that of the Micro. This is because we've replaced almost all of the plastic with precision metal parts that have ~15 times better tolerances. In fact the only thing the Micro and Pro have in common is the look of the enclosure, injection molded framing, and the style of the leadscrew and H-gantry style.
I am confident that migrating to the M3D Pro will significantly improve our ability to turn over our cadet's designs in a more timely manner; which, in turn, will significantly improve their designs. And, thus, significantly and positively impact the success of the entire program at every site.
Easier to use and more precise. What's not to like about that!