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Steel-solid, big volume, prints great — with tweaking, the M2 could be best-in-class.
sip4 roundup torture m2 MakerGear M2

Torture test print. Click to view large.

MAKERGEAR’S M2 IS THE LONG AWAITED FOLLOWUP to their Mosaic 3D printer, and while there is a family resemblance, there’s been a radical upgrade. Forget plywood — this printer’s frame is stainless steel, and the rest of the structural elements are stainless and anod- ized aluminum. The print volume has also been greatly expanded to 8″×10″×8″ — one of the biggest in its price range.

To read the full review, buy the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.

SIP4 Cover RGB1 MakerGear M2

2013 MAKE Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing

  • 3D Printers Buyer's Guide — 15 Reviewed
  • Getting Started in 3D
  • Learn the Software Toolchain
  • 3D Design for Beginners
  • 3D Printing without a Printer

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We want to hear from you! Share your experiences with this machine, what you like, what you don't like, where you think our test team got it wrong. We hope you’ll join in the discussion. We’d also love to see the things that you design and print out.

  • Primo Features Metal construction, heated platform, polished frame, RAMBo mother-board, Teflon leadscrew
  • Print volume 8″×10″×8″
  • Print speed 150mm/sec
  • Print material ABS, PLA
  • Resolution (z-axis) 0.02mm (0.02mm possible)
  • Machine software Printrun
  • Slicing software Slic3r
  • OS supported Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Open Source Yes
  • Price as tested $1,299 kit, $1,499 assembled
  • Pedigree RepRap Mendel/Pruse
  • Print without PC? Yes, SD card

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