Make magazine has released its 2015 3D buyer’s guideranking of 18 3D printers, and for the first time CNC milling machines.
The third annual guide called out top-performing 3D printers, including LulzBot’s Taz 5, SeeMeCNC’s Rostock Max, PrintrBot Play, Ultimaker 2 Extended, as well as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) mills such as the ShopBot Desktop and the CrawlBot.
The machines make great gift options because of their ease of use, smaller footprints, and attractive prices, Makestated.
Make ranked the machines by 10 categories: best overall 3D printer, best value, best for schools, most portable, outstanding open source software, best SLA 3D printers, best large format printers, best large format CNC mills, best mid-sized CNC mills, and best desktop CNC mill.
In the past two years, Make had a tendency to retest printers that it had already tested. This year the magazine only tested models that were new to market, or if existing 3D printers were tested, they had to have significant upgrades, according to Matt Stultz, who runs Make‘s 3D printer group.
“Every year we try to do a better job of making our testing an empirical scientific process… not something based on our own personal feelings,” Stultz said.