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Kurth Hammel trying out the Shaper prototype during this year’s testing weekend.

The moment has come that many of you have been waiting for; the results of this year’s Digital Fabrication testing are in and we are ready to share them all with you. This is the culmination of months of work, the most we put into any issue. We have spent months planning, testing, churning through the numbers, comparing, reviewing, and going over every detail to bring you the best guide possible.

This year, we didn’t make any changes to our testing models or procedures, so our online guide incorporates the content from the past two years, giving you the largest guide to 3D printers that has ever been compiled in one place! If you are looking for the right printer for your next purchase, this guide is a great start.

We collect an immensely diverse, talented, and knowledgeable group of testers each year to ensure we bring you a guide you can trust. Our 3D printer testing is completed by running each machine through a series of models designed to evaluate them on specific characteristics. These models are collected and evaluated by a judge who is entirely unaware of what machine they came from, ensuring that any kind of bias does not affect the outcome of our scores.

You can find all of our printer reviews in our complete 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide; pick up the issue coming soon to newsstands to read our CNC, laser cutters, and vinyl cutter reviews too.

The testing team this year was: Adam Bouhmad, Jean Carlos Cedre, Matt Dauray, Kelly Egan, Shawn Grimes, Steph Grimes, Kurt Hamel, Jason Loik, Darius McCoy, Ryan Priore, Jennifer Schachter, Mandy Stultz, Chris Yohe, Spencer Zawasky, and was lead by myself Matt Stultz.

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The testing team on Ocean State Maker Mill’s loading dock.