M3D’s The Micro, the world’s first truly consumer 3D printer, met its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 in just 11 minutes, finishing with a total pledge of $3,401,361.00. The Micro is now featured as one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects, but long before its creation, the entrepreneurial spirits of M3D Co-founders David Jones and Michael Armani were alive and well.
David Jones, an expert in artificial intelligence, software, and robotics for both research and industry, has spent his career developing highly innovative software and hardware technology in fields ranging from robotics to targeted advertising. He graduated with a computer science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2013, David’s research was used to develop a robotic harvester for strawberries using cutting edge, low-cost technology.
Michael Armani graduated with a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2004, Michael participated as a member of the only team representing Maryland in the first DARPA Grand Challenge, one of the largest efforts to realize autonomous vehicle technology. From 2010 through 2013, Michael served at the National Institutes of Health, working on Expression Microdissection (xMD), which can help isolate cancer cells for a much more sensitive, accurate analysis.
With the success of M3D, David and Michael are excited to unveil even bigger leaps in technology over the coming months as they define the next generation of 3D printers with The Micro.