3D Printers

An interactive list of features and Make: test results to help you pick the perfect 3D printer for your needs.

Felix Pro 2

Felix Pro 2

While the Felix Pro 2 is more expensive than many, it comes with lots of features to make printing faster, more accurate, and more pleasant. Mind the Gaps The easy to run, four-point auto-leveling system makes sure the new bed is calibrated and ready to go. Prints were generally good but issues with temporary extruder […]

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Craftbot XL

Craftbot XL

The CraftBot XL is a good plug-and-play solution. The printing quality was great and the prints were fairly quick. Material Options The XL comes equipped with a .04 nozzle with a max resolution of 100 microns. The XL uses the company’s CraftWare slicing software, and slicing files was easy and straightforward. The XL can handle […]

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MakerGear M3

MakerGear M3

The latest MakerGear offering is its new flagship product, the M3. The steel frame combined with CNC-machined aluminum parts riding on linear rails provides a locked-in motion system that is rugged and reliable. New features include an upgraded hot end, the possibility of independent dual extrusion, and a built-in custom OctoPrint installation that comes stock […]

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Dremel 3D45

Dremel 3D45

The Dremel 3D45 is a new and improved version of last year’s 3D40. It has the same build space and physical size with more features and functionality. Fresh Features The new removable heated glass build plate and upgraded extruder nozzle allow for printing in ABS and nylon. A new cloud slicer lets you remotely access […]

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MakeIt Pro-L

MakeIt Pro-L

Aimed at a slightly higher market, the MakeIt Pro-L provided decent print quality with a large surface area. Novel Features At the back of the bed is a great nozzle cleaning wipe pad that helped during printing. The Pro-L also touts a novel “duplication” feature, taking advantage of the dual extruders for small prints. Premium […]

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Vertex Nano

Vertex Nano

The Vertex Nano is tiny, with a 3″ square bed, but there are plenty of projects you could print on it. Print quality is generally good, with no problems using the default settings. The print surface is unheated BuildTak, so you’ll likely want to stick to PLA. Some Quirks The recommended slicer is currently only […]

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Printrbot Smalls Limited Edition

Printrbot Smalls Limited Edition

Although the Smalls may look like the Printrbot Simple’s little brother, it boasts a larger print volume, a smaller overall footprint, and perhaps even a little more personality and panache. Limited vs. Standard The Limited Edition features a slightly larger build platform, linear rails over the standard’s linear rods, and an attractive wood trim exterior. […]

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