July 3, 2015 | By Alec

While the 3D printing community is steadily expanding, much of the recent growth has come from budget additive manufacturing machines. After all, many of the hardcore makers and startups have already transitioned into 3D printing, but a lot of growth is still expected from the educational market and from people with a bit less money to spend. And while there are already a number of decent low-cost 3D printers out there, an ambitious Mexican company is about to launch another with the goal of cementing the position of 3D printers in Mexico and beyond it: The Colibrí 3D Home.

The Mexican company behind this new budget machine is based in Guadalajara. InterLatin has been working with 3D printers since 2014, when they first released a model of the Colibrí 3D printer. Back then, they have had tremendous success in their own country, something which they hope to emulate with new budget Colibrí Home model. As Marketing Manager Erika Santos explains, they are partly responsible for bringing 3D printing technology to Mexico. ‘When Colibrí 3D entered the arena, we sold 200 units the very same day it was launched. Until now have sold more than 600 units in Mexico alone. Our goal is to sell 3,000 printers in México during 2015, and to do so, the company will target the professional market, including architecture, industrial engineering, and electronics, as well as higher education institutions,’ she explains.


And the Colibrí HOME is expected to play a large role in that process, as its low price makes it perfect for a wide range of consumer groups. ‘The idea is to bring this technology to Mexican households with a more affordable product, so anyone can create parts and accessories for their homes, customized toys, and simple school projects,’ Santos says. While it might not be as unique or high-performance as she claims, it will certainly attract quite a bit of attention with its $300 price tag.

Understandably, you do lose a few other qualities for a price like that. The Colibrí Home 3D printer only features a build space of 10 x 10 x 10 cm, for example. However, with a layer resolution of between 0.1 and 0.3 mm, a standard nozzle diameter of 0.4 mm (others available), it won’t be a terrible machine at all. The Mexican company also provide users with a software set that includes design and printing options for users of all levels (even children).

And with distribution channels in Mexico (at stores including Walmart, Ideaz3D and Mex-bot) and the US lined up, it would hardly surprise us if they do sell in large numbers. For who wouldn’t want a 3D printer for just $300? This 100 percent made in Mexico device is set to be launched at the end of July, so keep an eye on the manufacturer’s website here.


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