The third 3D printshow of the world was hosted  in NYC this past week. The vast and emergent world of 3D printing was brought together once again showcasing an incredible amount of art and innovation. The Micro 3D Printer made its debut, priced at shockingly low $300. It marks the next big leap for the 3D printing community, providing a next generation printing experience. Finally, the printer for anyone. IMG_4909

The printer features a seamless user experience with no maintenance and high quality prints, all packaged into a beautifully minimal design. It's a 3D printer that redefines not just price points, but appearances. A printer that fits comfortably in your home, in a classroom or at the office.

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Designing components of the Micro 3D printer was an invaluable opportunity. It was a challenge to preserve its simplicity and create a 3D printing experience with an entirely new end user in mind. Above all it was a pleasure working with our passionate team at M3D. A full on post on the project experience and product itself will be coming soon.

The rest of the show offered endless eye candy, inspiring the already existing 3D printing community while blowing away the minds of curious first timers.

3D printed models bring a whole new potential to the world of advertising.

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Full fledged Iron Man armor. 3D printing will drastically improve and expand the creation of movie props.

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2014-02-14 18.39.22Makerbot's new line of 3D printers. The Replicator Z18 prints enormous parts, at an enormous price. Their product designs are looking increasingly more professional but unfortunately evermore bland. It is almost as if their original laser cut replicator simply pulled on a newer but just as unattractive shell. One might begin to describe Makerbot as the "dinosaurs" of the desktop 3D printing industry.

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Great example of prints that show off their build volume though. 3D printed shoes. Most certainly not wearable though. There would be absolutely no comfort.2014-02-13 16.17.21

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Beecreative sports a very odd name, but boasts a design that's headed in the right direction. It's simple curves and box like shape make it a desirable product to own, though it's large size still may deter some from finding a space for it in their homes. Creative advertising though, cute little printed printer.

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Custom printed longboards show off intricate designs. Impressive. I'd be hesitant to take this beauty out for a spin. It may find itself better suited on display up on my wall.

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The macro 3D printer, printing objects at full scale. The bench shown took about four days to complete and used a mere two kilograms of filament. Not bad. It does print at 100 microns like your traditional printers which justifies the lengthy print time.

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Macro printer printing a Micro printer. Just for laughs of course. A bit of humor on the show floor.

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Nothing too fancy at Shapeways this time. I was surprised to find their section so dull it was easy to walk right past. Without doubt, their prints and print quality never fail to impress.

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The artist section of the show was surreal. 3D printing gives artists the potential to create and express unlike ever before. I'll let the images speak for themselves.

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Overall the show was a great success. M3D made it's first splash. The excitement of seeing the world's growing 3D printing community come together is almost overwhelming. The potential it has to impact our future is immense. Also, all show images excluding the Micro images were shot with the HTC one. The camera never fails to deliver. And unlike your DSLR, it's always with you on the go.