Mini Metal Maker is an affordable metal clay 3D printer

Atmel | Bits & Pieces


This machine will let you print your own jewelry, ornaments and clips. 

Have you ever wanted to design your own custom jewelry, metal findings, sculptures, specialized machine parts and ornamental hardware? Well, you’re in luck. Thanks to David and Lindsay Hartkop’s latest Indiegogo project, we may be closer to a world of affordable, in-home metal 3D printing. The aptly-dubbed Mini Metal Maker is a self-contained device that is hoping to provide Makers, artisans and artists alike with the ability to inexpensively print items using a special blend of clay materials from manufacturer Metal Adventures.

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The incredibly sleek, compact printer functions in a similar fashion as to countless other Cartesian-based FDM machines available today. However, the key difference is that the Mini Metal Maker constructs 3D objects from digital files directly in metal clay, rather than in thermoplastic. Its sturdy steel and aluminum frame is packed with an all-electromechanical extruder and provides over 300 PSI. Beyond that, the desktop gadget can automatically sense extrude nozzle height, thereby making…

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