While MAKE 42 offered an editorial approach for highlighting top desktop 3D Printers (based on testing from a team of 3D printing community members), 3D Hubs drew on community contributed data to select the highlights for their 3D Printer Guide from raw community data.
One of the immediate surprises in store are a few clones stealing top slots from brand names, and a few unfamiliar machines that haven’t penetrated the US market but are working very well for customers overseas.
Here’s what Bram had to say: “Together with our community we spent over 335 hours reviewing over 235 different 3D Printers. Did we make test prints? Sure we did, about 360.000 of them 🙂 Our community of nearly 10.000 printer owners has spoken, they’ve told us the good, bad and the ugly about all the 3D Printers currently on the market, based on 1600 years of combined 3D Printing experience.”
Which 3D Printer should I buy? is the most common question we at 3D Hubs are asked.
We reached out to our global community of Hubs to learn from their experience and see what they thought of the 3D Printers they own. The 2015 3D Printer Guide is based on the reviews of 2,279 verified 3D Printer owners. Their collective 1623 years of 3D Printing experience coupled with 317,000 prints completed on 235 different 3D Printer models, makes this the most comprehensive guide available.
Together with our community we explored the different aspects that make a great 3D Printer. We investigated the following parameters; print quality, ease-of-use, build quality, reliability, failure rate, customer service, community, running expenses, openness, software and value.
In this guide you’ll be able to find the top Printers for 5 different categories: Enthusiast Printers, Plug-n-Play Printers, Kit/DIY Printers, Budget Printers, and last but not least Resin Printers. In total 18 models made it to the top of our communities’ list. With reliability in mind, only printers with more than 10 reviews are included in the guide.
Our Printer Index includes all 67 3D Printers that didn’t make it to the top of their categories. Only Printers with more than 5 reviews are displayed in the Index.
A big thank you to our community. Without you, the 2015 3D Printer Guide would not be possible.