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3d-printer-guide-2015

3D Hubs, a community connecting 3D printer owners and people that want to make 3D prints, has published their guide for the best rated 3D printers for 2015 based on user reviews from printer owners from all over the world. The goal of this guide is to help people make a better choice when trying to answer the question: “Which 3D Printer should I buy?” and the answer could be easier if you take a look at the 2015 3D Printer Guide that is based on the reviews of 2279 verified 3D Printer owners that have rated various devices they own taking into account the following parameters: print quality, ease-of-use, build quality, reliability, failure rate, customer service, community, running expenses, openness, software and value.

The guide helps you to find the top 3D 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 3D Hubs community list and with reliability in mind, only printers with more than 10 reviews are included in the guide. Do note that while this guide may be helpful it might not cover all of the available devices on the market and thus there may be other different options that could be more suitable for your needs. Also have in mind that sometimes choosing one device over another is dependent on the local availability of the 3D printer, also on local support, even a better price can influence the decision. But it helps to get a better overview when looking at ratings and user experiences from various users of the devices that you may be choosing from in order to make the best possible decision, so we recommend that you take a look at the guide.

To check out the latest 3D Printer Guide for 2015 by the 3D Hubs community…

makerbot-replicator-2-3d-printer

When we have decided that we wanted to get a 3D Printer to test and experiment with we were faced with the hard task of choosing the make and model and believe us this is not an easy thing do to with so many available options. There are already quite a lot of cheap Chinese made 3D printers available, however looking for support and information as well as replacement or upgrade parts could be a problem with these and many users are often reporting reliability problems. Then there are of course some very expensive printers as well as there are a few different types of technologies available for 3D printing, though the most accessible and easy to use is the fused deposition modeling (FDM) where the 3D printed part is produced by extruding heated thermoplastic filament material which hardens immediately to form layers. The thermoplastic materials used as filament for 3D printers can vary, but they are all a type of plastic which becomes moldable when heated to a specific temperature and then returns to a solid state when cooled down. Such thermoplastic materials used by 3D printers that rely on the FDM principle are for example ABS, PLA and others.

When we were choosing our first 3D printer we had a few important requirements – reliable hardware, larger user base, support for more common filament types, wider software support and not too high price. Obviously the low price was not among the most important things we wanted, we preferred to go for a more expensive and proven to be reliable hardware, but not too expensive as this was our first 3D printer and we did not want to invest too much in hardware that we might end up not very happy with. We did not want to go for a just released new model of 3D Printer as although these can be quite attractive specifications wise, you usually cannot find a lot of user feedback about them and they could have various issues that need to be fixed before they are really working well. So after reading various user opinions and checking around the most recommended models we have settled to go for a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer as being available already for quite some time. It is one of the most recommended choices for a first 3D printer, though it might still need some extra work and is far from perfect, but being often recommended as a good choice and it pretty much covered our requirements, so we’ve settled for the Replicator 2. After using it for a while already and trying and learning a lot of things on the go while printing various things we still consider it as a good option for a first 3D printer, even though MakerBot already has some new more advanced models available, the Replicator 2 is still a good starting point.

So do have that in mind when you are considering what 3D Printer to go for, though there are other alternatives that you may want to check as well that may be more interesting for your needs like the Ultimaker 2 3D printer or the 3D Systems Cube series of 3D printers or the Leapfrog Creatr. Do note that probably not only the Replicator 2 3D Printer has its drawbacks, the same could probably be said for the others mentioned models as well, though we are already very familiar with what you can expect from the MakerBot product and we are going to be talking sharing a lot of information along with tips about it, so stay tuned for more…


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