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.


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.



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.


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

Anna Kaziunas France

Editor, Make: Books

She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books (anything that turns codes into things), as well as your adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

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 Make:’s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.

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

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  • john waldron

    VERY anxious for the results…..we have been researching 3d printers for months now and as soon as these findings are avail we will make our decision

  • Todd Kuebelbeck

    I am exited to see the Resin printers as well as the deltas. Is the rostock Max in the shoutout? Also, I’d like to see other materials such as nylon and laywood being used.

  • DDDave

    By Mid-November there will be at least 4 printers on the market and even more new kits that will make the majority of this shootout worthless to a potential buyer.