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This is our 3D printer shoot-out weekend at MAKE HQ, and we’re putting all the newest machines to the test in our labs. But we thought we’d give you a little preview. The machines in this gallery are not everything we’re testing this weekend, but the varieties of designs and the amazing ingenuity that have gone into them are amazing. You can tell there’s tremendous excitement in this field right now, and with it some very heavy competition. We won’t have the results of our testing ready for you until this Fall, but until them, check out the machines in the gallery above, and start salivating over your next hardware purchase!

[All photos courtesy of John Abella]

Ken Denmead

Ken Denmead

Ken is the Grand Nagus of He’s a husband and father from the SF Bay Area, and has written three books filled with projects for geeky parents and kids to share.

  • Fyou

    Awesome pics. Haven’t seen that many before.

    • Ken Denmead

      And that’s not even all the ones available. Amazing, isn’t it?

  • Avery Smallcube (@PrototypeCube)

    i can’t see you having many kind words for the CubeX from what i’ve read about it

    • Ken Denmead

      Who knows? Well, everyone will, once our Special Issue comes out!

  • Bruce

    Hmm, I think I won’t get into the business of building and selling 3D printers.

    I am very much looking forward to reading the review, though.

  • Vic

    Pictures are nice, but words are pretty good too. What about a list of the manufacturers and names of the models. A URL to the sites would be nice too. Thanks.

    • Ken Denmead

      I totally understand, but this is just intended as a tease! The full list of tested machines and the results will be in our Fall special issue, so stay tuned!

      • Lennart Bruggink

        tssh, teaser smeaser;)
        problem is, in the netherlands, I needed to wait a long time for the last Make magazine on 3D printers to be available (I dont like digital reading mags > hardcopy<3) .
        or maybe i just did something wrong. Doesnt matter, really liked everything in it!

  • David

    Whats the approximate release date for the Fall issue?

    Very much looking forward to this, a lot has happened since the last 3D printing special issue!

    • finges

      also interested in the release date!

  • Lennart Bruggink

    I cannot decide wether i like the awesome developments in the 3D printer industries, or if I really like the personalized chicken on your head munchkin profile picture more…Curse you die rolls!

  • Robin

    When will the 2013 3D Printer special issue be out?

  • Peter V

    The B9 creator and Zortrax are going to be tested?