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MAKE is excited to announce that our second 3D Printing Shootout Weekend will be held this Friday, Aug, 2  through Sunday, Aug. 4.  This year the testing is bigger than ever with a team of 15 testers carefully reviewing 21 printers of all makes and models. The results of the testing will be featured in the buying guide section of MAKE’s forthcoming special 3D printing issue available in mid-November.

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This issue will be our follow-up to the popular Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing which has sold out in print form, but is still available as a PDF download or as a soon-to-be released book.  We are proud to announce that this year’s edition will feature a head-to-head comparison of two desktop resin printers that were in our “ones to watch” section last year: the Form 1 and B9 creator.

Check out our Form 1 unboxing video:

The B9 Creator has just arrived at our offices, so we don’t yet have prints to share. However, we have had the Form 1 for a few days. Pictured below is a teaser print of the Subdivision bracelet from nervoussystem printed on the Form 1 and still attached to the print bed, before the removal of the support material.

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In addition to the resin printers, we will also review another “one to watch”, the new deltabot printer, the Mini Kossel from Terence Tam at OpenBeam. The OpenBeam Mini Kossel (pictured below) will go on sale next month. In the meantime, check out its brother, the OpenBeam Kossel Pro on Kickstarter, which won an “Editor’s Choice” award at Maker Faire Bay Area.

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For more information on these printers (and many others), look for the special issue on newsstands and in the Maker Shed in mid-November to learn which printer is right for you!

Anna Kaziunas France

Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media.

She runs the digital fabrication hardware testing for Make:. If you’re a vendor who would like to submit a tool for review (3D printer, CNC, laser cutter, fab software etc.), contact her directly at: anna [@] makermedia [dot] com.

She’s the section editor for Make: Skill Builder. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. But — In order to really tweak and bend something, you need to understand it! If you’d like to write a tightly focused piece on a core maker skill in science / engineering / craft / art / architecture / robotics / fabrication etc. (whatever) that you’d like to teach to other makers — and have Make: work with you to illustrate for magazine publication — let her know!

She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books — anything that turns codes into things — hardware and software.

She’s also the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran the 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter, , and Facebook.


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