This array of selections for all uses, from desktop home hobby use to industrial-scale critical components manufacturing, is fantastic… and confusing. After all, when you only had one choice, it was pretty easy to figure out where to buy your 3D printer. But now? Where do you go, how do you narrow it down?
Fortunately, you don't have to do it by yourself. There's no going blind now, which is especially useful if you're thinking about picking up a 3D printer in time for the holiday season, either as a gift in itself or in order to create some baubles for your list. With plenty of time left before the holidays hit in force, Make: magazine has come up with a list of 10 standout 3D printers across a few different categories.
We've mentioned the magazine's parameters set for the 2015 shoot out, in which 3D printers were run through their paces by printing the same objects. These objects tested printers' dimensional accuracy, surface finish, overhang capabilities, and more.
All this was done in anticipation of the Ultimate 3D Printing Guide 2015, which will be available starting today, Friday, November 7, at the Engadget EXPAND event at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, running through tomorrow. Print issue pre-orders and PDFs of the guide are $9.99 (or $16.99 for print and PDF) at MakerShed. It will also appear in stores November 25 for those who can wait a little longer.