July 8, 2014

3D Printing doesn't have to be expensive, said MOTA team, the creator of MOTA 3D printer, an affordable high-quality printer. "We created the MOTA 3D Printer to deliver high performance at a price low enough for almost anyone to own one. We're ready to start shipping in August, if we get the backing to get it into high-volume production." Announced Mota on its Kickstarter funding raising page.

The MOTA 3D printer is equipped with a 0.4mm print head and features up to 120 mm/s print speed and 100 microns layer resolution. It has the capacities similar to the $1999 Makerbot Replicator 2, but is offered at a very low price tag. You can print objects up to 6.10 inches wide x 6.10 inches long x 6.5 inches high (165 x 155 x 155 mm) which is slightly smaller than the Replicator 2.

Technical Specifications:

  • Layer Thickness: 0.04 (0.12 inch)
  • Print speed: Min 60mm/sec, Max 120mm/sec
  • Maximum Print Size: 6.5 x 6.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Printer Dimensions: 13.38 x 13.38 x 14.96 inches
  • Printer Weight: 39.68 lbs
  • Build Plate: Cold, Heated (Optional)
  • USB compatible
  • Positioning Precision (Micron)(X,Y,Z): X&Y 11µm; Z 2.5µm
  • Model Support: Auto-generated Support
  • Input Format: STL

The MOTA team has also created 'cartridge bank concept', the filament cartridges for the MOTA 3D printer. It comes with two 'cartridges that allows you to easily install and remove for quick refills. The Mota Filament Spool is priced at $29 and available in 8 different colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple plus black and white.

The MOTA 3D printer works with open-source software and is compatible with touchscreen tablets and with desktops, laptops, PCs and Macs. The SD card reader slot lets you load design files without a PC connected.

Founded by Kevin Faro and Michael Faro, the MOTA team is dedicated to invent new products such as portable power sources, audio and video, integrated appliances through diverse technologies. It has recently signed a North American distribution agreement with New Age Electronics for their wearables, the MOTA 3D Printer, and accessories.

The MOTA team is giving away 50 MOTA printers for the first 50 backers (now all gone) on Kickstarter. The next tier of backing, called 'Jackpot Winners" will also just cost you $299. The limited-edition Mota 3D printer in any color is available for $499. The hand-assembled alpha 3D printer will be available in August for $799. If you decide to be part of the MOTA 3D Printer launch, check out more info here on Kickstarter.

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Bob Jones wrote at 6/20/2015 10:00:49 AM:


Mark wrote at 7/10/2014 2:50:29 PM:

MOTA has since pulled the KickStarter project.

tomas wrote at 7/10/2014 11:34:22 AM:

There is Cobblebot 3d printer on kickstarter for the same price, larger build volume and it works with any filament.

Trevor wrote at 7/10/2014 1:49:46 AM:

Well they canceled there project as a result of the backlash. I hope this dissuades other companies from adopting the proprietary filament model.

Ben wrote at 7/9/2014 5:34:58 PM:

On kick starter for $500 you can get a printer where you don't use the mota proprietary filament spools

3dbleh wrote at 7/9/2014 4:14:25 AM:

WTF are companies thinking that they can come up with a super cheap+proprietary filament strategy? This model can't work with the multitude of 3d printers already on the market that do not feature this limitation.

Trevor wrote at 7/8/2014 11:36:19 PM:

Thats what I told them and it looks like they might be listening to there customer feedback.

tomas wrote at 7/8/2014 9:15:25 PM:

@Sum-Ting Wong It's not that easy to make enclosure for the top of the printer when there is a moving tube for plastic sticking out.

Arquit wrote at 7/8/2014 1:11:35 PM:

About 0.75 kg of filament on each cartridge. And they've almost confirmed that you can't use bulk filament, just their cartridges. It's not clear if you can refill them or not but if there is a cheap, I bet for no. Same model as DaVinci printer.

Al wrote at 7/8/2014 11:57:40 AM:

It is not clear whether you can use bulk filament, or that you must use their cartridges. I worry that they are just trying to adopt the ink jet printer price model. I was unable to find out how much filament was in the cartridge to compare prices with bulk filament

Sum-Ting Wong wrote at 7/8/2014 11:53:42 AM:

There isn't much point in calling the build chamber "enclosed" if it's open from the top. The whole point is having a temperature-controlled build area and I don't see how this helps. Then again, the user can make a cover him/herself, effectively making it enclosed, and better yet: user modifications don't breach any patents.

Tom McBaum wrote at 7/8/2014 10:42:55 AM:

Proprietary chipped filament spools. Have fun with those.

Arquit wrote at 7/8/2014 9:51:03 AM:

Say NO to propietary filaments!!

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