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Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014


Which 3D printer is right for you?

The world of desktop 3D printing is rapidly expanding and new companies and printer models are emerging daily.  With so many options to choose from, how do you decide what machine is right for you?

The second annual MAKE Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing is here to help, with reviews of 23 printers currently on the market.  In this year’s testing, we assembled a diverse team of expert reviewers and put these machines through a battery of tests to determine this year’s standouts.  We focused on the printer’s end users and made recommendations based on goals, budget, and usage setting.  Learn about how we tested for this issue.

This issue issue delves into:

  • Reviews of 23 3D printers
  • 3D scanners and filament extruders
  • Cool, useful, and specialized 3D printed applications
  • CAD Software tutorials

This year we have published the seven reviews for the this year’s standout printers online and will be publishing one additional review each day until they are all available.





  • Ken Osha

    The link for Formlabs goes to

    • Craig Couden

      Fixed it, thanks Ken!

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  • Mojo

    very nice information packed magazine about 3d printers.

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  • FBA;

    I bought my 3-D printer from amazon for 440 with free shipping and a roll or refill plastic.


  • Rebecca Pierce
  • Arthur Nunez

    I recently purchased a Ultimaker 2 and have had nothing but problems
    with it. Every third print or so comes out with horrible quality or does
    not finish at all. I have emailed the support email several times with
    no response and no support. I am getting extremely frustrated at their
    lack or support and their complete disregard for my issues. I spent a
    lot of money on the printer and its as though Ultimaker is no longer
    interested in me as a customer. I am seriously considering returning the
    printer and moving on to a company that will treat me well, even after
    the purchase is complete.

    Extremely disappointed so far.

  • Das Oklok Filamenta

    Jesus, people, 3D printer is not easy to use, I agree, what is missing s a good support forum and damn good software to boost this industry. As long we get some good software and better parts to the 3D printers, we are all set to make the best 3D pritnters. Which 3D printer manufacturer will actually be the first to do this? : Have materials for your 3d printer

  • Ron Schermacher

    I was wondering why the Da Vinci 1.0 was not reviewed? Does anyone out there have any comments for this printer?

  • George Caswell

    Last year I bought the print edition of the Make 3D printer issue and it was great information but there was a serious problem: all the images of the test prints were very small, and with the limited resolution of the print it was impossible to see any details on those test prints. Has this been addressed in this year’s edition, or should I go with the PDF version this time?

    • George Caswell

      …I bought the print copy and answered my own question. Once again, the images of the test prints in the print edition are nearly useless, and lacking the commentary to indicate what I should be taking from those images.

  • Raven Madd

    Arthur I’d recommend switching 3D Printers altogether and going with a
    MakerBot as you will get less issues with it and far better results as
    well. You may well consider selling the Ultimaker 2 on eBay and get the
    MakerBot instead. Just my feedback. I saw some reviews on that swayed me for the XYZ da Vinci Duo 3D Printer
    though. Save up for that one I think. :)

  • Sujani Koya