Mumbai, India -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/03/2013 -- Cambridge, UK-based Makism 3D Corp. could be the next bright spot on the radar of 3D printing stocks. Formerly Advanced Cellular, Inc., Makism 3D entered into a share exchange transaction with Umicron Ltd. in a reverse merger deal on October 29, 2013. Under the voluntary share exchange transaction, Umicron, a manufacturer of consumer and professional level 3-D printers, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Makism 3D. The company’s common stock is quoted on the OTCBB under the symbol MDDD.
On the product front, in November this year, the company released details of 3D printers it intends to launch in 2014. The company plans to focus attention on its ‘Wideboy’ series of 3D printers, with models ranging from the Wideboy A4/150, the Wideboy Pro A4/200 and finally the Wideboy Mega A4/250. The flagship Wideboy model is expected to sport an approximate base price of $1,500, with the higher end models, the Pro and the Mega, expected to be priced at $2,500 and $4,000 respectively. Makism 3D claims that the $1,500 price tag for the Wideboy model makes it ‘truly affordable’ for anyone to purchase. They also claim that it would be accurate and reliable, thanks to its UK design/build and high quality British and German engineered components.
In its 8-K filing in October 2013, Umicron had noted that Wideboy would be optimised to print with high-temperature thermoplastics such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), nylon and polycarbonate. On pricing, they also claimed that the lowest cost professional 3D printer at the time was the MOJO developed by Stratasys which was selling for $10,000. This high price point made it cost prohibitive for many independent creative industries to actually purchase these 3D printers.
The basic Wideboy model is expected to be available beginning in February 2014, followed by the Pro and Mega models rolling out later in the year in March and April respectively.
Makism 3D’s newly-appointed CEO Luke Ruffell recently said that they were seeing exceptional interest for Wideboy, ahead of its launch and had begun collecting mail addresses from people who wanted to get on their pre-order advisory list.
Launching Wideboy at an expected base price of $1,500 should provide Makism 3D a significant lead in the increasingly competitive 3D printer market.
The company has high expectations in terms of making a big impact on the 3D printer landscape with their basic selling point being offering a refined, user-friendly solution capable of printing with a wide range of materials straight out-of-the-box. Offering a low cost solution to target industries such as architects, animators and product designers could also ensure they establish themselves as a big player in the 3D printing home user market.
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