From scrappy laser-cut wooden kits only a few years ago to today’s sleek-looking machines, desktop 3D printing continues to evolve into evermore consumer ready machines. Since there are so many uses and user types for 3D printers, from schools and teachers to product prototypes and engineers, our guiding question was never “which printer is best?” but was instead “which printer is right for you?” We tested 26 printers and judged performance through a series of different prints and tests. Check out our findings and find the best printer for your needs.
Then, get tips on printing movable parts in a single print, make sure to stick your first print layer from the start, and get the skinny on Local Motor’s fully 3D-printed car.
Plus, add glowing cyberpunk spikes to your favorite futuristic outfit, 3D print a pair of custom eyeglasses, build a adjustable-height modeling table on the cheap, and learn to pickle delicious beets and grapes. All this and more in Make: Volume 42!