Instead of comparing every aspect of printers, this ranking presented by Make magazine avards printers that are the best in a single category:
The best print quality
Ultimaker 2 Open Source 3D Printer and Plug & Play appreciated by the community of makers and tinkerers, who won the prize in the “Best in Shootout Print Quality” category with a print quality well above the competition according to the newspaper.
The little Printrbot Simple Metal, low cost 3D printer, who is awarded the “Win Thin Wallet” thanks to its attractive price of only $ 599 for increased reliability by its metal chassis. The sale price was not the only criterion for this award.
Fifth generation of MakerBot, 5G Replicator received the award “Feature Packed” for his comprehensive packaging which partly explains the high cost.
According to the test team, the “Most Maker Machine” is the open source 3D printer Lulzbot Taz 4. A model makers appreciated for its high-volume printing, compatibility with many materials and good quality.
The best quality / price ratio
Award “Happy Mediums,” which rewards the quality / price ratio, goes to the Zortrax M200, 3D Kickstarter after the printer that had seduced Dell, tied with Ditto Pro.
The novelty of the year
The “Rookie of the Year” is the 3D printer manufacturer Portuguese Beeverycreative for Beethefist, a model with the features and attractive design that can print independently.
The 3D printer the “Most Upgradable” is still a Ultimaker the Ultimaker Original + share his side Open Source, its regular updates and community.
The most reliable
Guarantee of reliability, Afinia 3D printer, known in Europe as the UP! Plus 2, won the title of “Reliable Performer” for the fourth time. This may be the UP BOX next year?
The best software
Software side, the 3D Deltamaker and OctoPrint software printer that monopolizes the title of “Smart Software Integration“.