If you think a 3D printer is just too expensive to put under the tree this year, take a look at the Solidoodle 4.
At $999 out of the box, the consumer market printer comes fully assembled.
"Our mission is to get more people creating," Solidoodle founder and CEO Sam Cervantes said. "3D printers are an amazing tool for today's innovative society. With the Solidoodle 4, anyone can bridge the gap between digital and physical."
"Developing 3D printers that are affordable and easy to use is key to our growth and success, and our new product is a major step in that evolution," Cervantes said. "I'm thrilled to have Micro Center as our first U.S. retail partner. They have a longstanding reputation in the electronics retail space – I actually purchased my first Macintosh 512K from Micro Center in the 1980s, so I am a huge fan of their stores and having our products on their shelves is a dream come true."
The Solidoodle 4 is fully enclosed to keep down noise.
Its build capacity measures in at 8 in x 8 in x 8 in., with a heated build platform and a spring loaded acrylic extruder with stepper motor and .4mm nozzle. It uses 1.75 mm filament at up to .1 mm resolution. The printer uses both ABS and PLA, but the company recommends ABS.
Solidoodle, founded in 2011 by aerospace engineer and 3D printing industry-veteran Sam Cervantes, builds affordable 3D printers for both professional and consumer use. Made in Brooklyn, New York, more than 7,000 Solidoodle 3D printers have been sold to customers around the world.
Micro Center operates 23 stores in 18 cities around the country. It was founded in 1979 by two former Radio Shack employees.