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The sixteen consumer-grade 3D printers we tested for last year's Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.

Got a favorite desktop 3D printing or scanning appliance? We want to hear about it!

In preparation for the much-anticipated sequel to last year’s Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, and in the interest of giving you the most comprehensive coverage possible, we’re opening up the floor for public manufacturer nominations.

We’ve been tracking the exploding desktop printer scene very closely over the past six months, and we’ve got a looooooong list of our own in the works, but we want to hear from you! Don’t miss this chance to get your favorite device included in the next edition of our landmark buyer’s guide.

This time ’round, we’re expanding our coverage to include the fast-growing personal 3D scanner market, as well.

So don’t be shy! Sound off in the comments below with names, links, rumors, questions, comments, or insults! Or e-mail me directly at sean@makezine.com.

If you’re a manufacturer, and would like to submit your printer or scanner for review, please fill out the following form. 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. tonyv says:

    I saw the Ditto+ from Tinkerine Studio (in Vancouver) at the Bay Area MakerFaire, and I was very impressed. It seems very well designed, is available as a kit (an absolute MUST, for me –I am not interested in companies that don’t open their designs for modification).

  2. f15sim says:

    I’d recommend the SeeMeCNC Rostock MAX kit. I’ve been told the second edition of the assembly manual is pretty good. *laughs*

  3. Keith Rome says:

    If they ever manage to ship them, QU-BD has three very interesting products. The Revolution and Revolution XL are high-precision printers with extremely fast operational speeds and are fairly low cost. The only difference being that the XL is slightly larger. They also have the RPM, which is very unique… it is a combination 3D Printer and CNC Mill in a single machine. All three models are supposed to be shipping to the first group of customers “soon”.

  4. Alan S. Blue says:

    Are you including the various ‘subtractive’ processes here too? The home-owned computer-controlled mill/lathe market has a different set of materials and products for which they’re particularly amenable. And yet they seem like a separate community.

    1. Sean Ragan says:

      Good question. We are not, at present, planning to include subtractive processes in this coverage, though I wish we could. My sense is the same as yours–that’s kind of a separate community. Even moreso, it’s older and bigger, I think, than 3D printing. I hope that in the future the guide will grow as an institution enough that we can serve both additive and subtractive communities, but right now it’s a breakneck pace for us to keep up with just the additive folks. Sean Michael Ragan Technical & Toolbox Editor MAKE Magazine sean@makezine.com

  5. Curt says:

    Not sure if it qualifies but I am exceedingly impressed with the Tantillus 3D printer:

    http://www.tantillus.org/Home.html

    Just putting the finishing touches on my own and am absolutely blow away with the quality this open source printer is cranking out.

  6. Gryffyn says:

    I’d love to see a decent chart of the various 3D printers, the type of 3D printer they were (medium used, etc) as well as specs like resolution and such in an easy to read chart. Might make it easier to compare as sort of a buying guide. I looked around a while ago and didn’t see anything along those lines anywhere yet. Might be now.

    That being said, I’m highly interested in seeing the RigidBot and possibly the Bucaneer 3d printers listed.

  7. I was pretty pleased with my son’s Solidoodle printer. After he moved out, I had withdraw and started looking for my own 3DPrinter. After hitting the reviews and doing a cost vs functionality analysis, I ended up with the Solidoodle too.

    Coupled with the Repetier-host software, you get a lot at a cheap price.The Solidoodle site is here:

    http://www.solidoodle.com/

    And one of the best communities is here:

    http://www.soliforum.com/

  8. david campbell says:

    I have had a Solidodle printer for 8 months. I think it is a great machine. It printed right out of the box, statues and stuff. I like to make machine parts, gage parts and continue to upgrate the performance of my printer. The support group is amazing with one of the members actually kickstarting a filament maker. Questions are answered quickly by a core group. My printer makes parts as good as a 3000 dollar printer and is still improving. I have not had so much fun in a long time. Kudos to Solidoodle….

  9. Terence Tam says:

    Here’s a link to my current printer on Kickstarter. It just printed the torture test successfully without support material.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ttstam/openbeam-kossel-pro-a-new-type-of-3d-printer/posts

  10. insertnick says:

    Mauro Manco is creating Shapextractor, a cheap 3D scanner project (open source) with Raspberry Pi, and when he’ll receive his (pre-ordered) Makibox cheap 3D printer, he’ll try to put them together for a cheap standalone 3D scan&print thing :)
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/%23shapextractor

  11. I love the idea! 3D Scanning is such a great technology and changes the way one thinks about creating physical objects and solving mechanical problems.

    We run a forum about DIY 3D scanning to support the discussion about 3D scanning and help to getting started with entry-level equipment: http://www.diy3dscan.com/

  12. Digifii.com will soon be coming out with 3D scanning software to rival ReconstructMe and Scanect. Unique Kinect-like hardware is set to launch by the end of this year. When is the review?