About a year and a half ago, Colorado resident and inventor David Hartkop unveiled the Mini Metal Maker, the world’s first desktop 3D printer for metal. Not only did the prototype appear to have potential, but Hartkop also gave the world a first-hand glimpse at the fast-growing maker culture, or do-it-yourself 3D printing aficionados — an eye-opener for those who have never touched a 3D printer. Since then, this interesting contraption has gone from prototype to production version, and Hartkop is now looking to bring the printer to market.
In another exclusive interview with Hartkop, The Motley Fool again gets the first close look at this interesting desktop printer.
What is the Mini Metal Maker?
Built out of steel and aluminum, and featuring unique 1-pending technologies, Hartkop describes the Mini Metal Maker as bringing together the worlds of 3D printing and metal clay.
“The Mini Metal Maker prints 3D objects from digital files directly in metal clay, rather than in plastic. Once these clay objects air-dry, they are fired in a kiln to produce beautiful solid metal objects of high purity and precision,” Hartkop said.