Dec 7, 2017 | By David

About a month ago, we reported on a promising new 3D printer that had just been launched on Kickstarter. Chinese manufacturer Make X’s Migo 3D printer is its third desktop FDM machine, and it has a low price point that is particularly enticing, alongside some impressive features. Now the company has proven its commitment to continuous improvement of the product, with the addition of a unique accessory. The 3D printer will now come with a backpack in which to carry it, enabling users to print while they walk.

As we mentioned before, the Migo’s low price point doesn’t mean that sacrifices have been made in terms of print quality or functionality. The Migo’s TYPE-C configuration, usually found in higher end 3D printers, consolidates connections between the extruder head’s power cord, signal cable and other components. This allows user to plug and print immediately, and its ease of use is perfect for complete 3D printing novices. Entry-level customers will also appreciate the machine’s sleek, minimal aesthetic, and the option to customize the handle with a variety of different colors. As for more experienced or professional 3D printing users, the ability to swap out the print head with a 500 mW laser engraver is incredibly useful for putting the finishing touches to their prints or other items.

A linear guidance system and the 3D printer’s auto-levelling feature will make sure that prints are as accurate as possible, and a range of sizes are also available.  The larger Migo L has overall dimensions of 185 x 235 x 325 mm, and a build area of 150 x 150 x 150 mm, which is 40 percent of the total printer volume. The standard Migo 3D printer has relatively small overall dimensions of 155 x 195 x 270 mm, with a build volume of 100 x 120 x 100 mm, which is 28% of the printer’s total footprint.

The weight of the standard Migo is just 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs), which makes it a desktop 3D printer that truly lives up to its name. However, MakeX didn’t want the Migo to be limited to indoor use, and that’s where the newly developed backpack accessory comes in. Similar to any other regular backpack, the product measures 35x28x50cm and weighs less than 1kg. It comes equipped with its own portable battery, which can be used to power the Migo for extended periods of time. So all you need to do is pop your 3D printer inside its own custom-made bag, and you’ll be printing while walking!

This idea has been explored before at the design/conceptual stage by other companies in the industry, but this is the first time a functional final application of the 3D printer backpack solution will be made available. The product is currently a 3D printed prototype, but customers will eventually receive their own version that will be made using die sinking processes, once batch production is underway. The backpack will initially be in silver, but many more colors will gradually become available as time goes on, to match the specific design and color scheme of the Migo.

With such an inspiring idea as ‘'printing while walking’' already added to the Migo, before its crowdfunding campaign is even over, it’s likely that the product will continue to be improved and complemented with all kinds of other interesting extras in future. For now, backers can get the standard Migo 3D printer for a pledge as low as $219, with the larger version of the machine available for a pledge of $319. Potential backers should hurry, as there are just 7 days left of the Kickstarter campaign. They can expect their products and rewards by July of next year.




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Greg wrote at 12/7/2017 2:14:31 PM:

Never seen more stupid idea. Useless, Dangerous for kids, due to it;s weight and melting plastic.

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