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3D Printer census

While walking around the Maker Faire grounds this morning I took a quick census all of the 3D printers. All told I saw 55 3D printers on the fairgrounds, 23 of which were unique designs. That’s not including the CNC machines or the stock of three dozen or so Replicator, Up! printers, and Printrbots for sale in the Maker Shed. I’m impressed!

Shawn Wallace

Shawn Wallace

Shawn Wallace is a MAKE contributor, artist, programmer, and editor living in Providence, R.I. He designs open hardware kits at Modern Device and organized the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. He makes iPhone synthesizers with the Fluxama collective and is a member of the SMT Computing Society.


  • Mike Joyce

    See any like this?
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/b9creations/b9creator-a-high-resolution-3d-printer
    Wish I could have been there but too busy this year, next year for sure!

  • Robin

    is there someplace that I can see high res. images of each of these?

    • http://gravatar.com/makeswallace Shawn Wallace

      Sure, I’ll make up a higher resolution version and put it up after the fold.

  • ggg ddd

    That would be nice

  • Chris Westling

    Shawn, I can hardly wait to see these all appear in the next run of 3D Printer Trading Cards… got it, got it, need it, got it… The gum tastes awful, though.

    Were you able to get information on the makers for each printer? I think a 3D printer directory with a list of printers and makers/manufacturers is an AWESOME idea.

    • Shawn Wallace

      I agree, and we’ll be doing a big Consumer Reports-style roundup and comparison Real Soon Now. Actually, it will be rather soon :)

  • http://www.viridis3d.com Will Shambley

    FABBSTER 3D PRINTER KIT, MFG BY SINTERMASK GmbH
    US DISTRIBUTION BY VIRIDIS3D LLC, LOWELL MA

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  • http://ostrevolution.blogspot.com SuperHeather

    I have a 3D printer directory going at the Open Source Tech Revolution blog:

    http://ostrevolution.blogspot.com/p/3d-printers.html

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