We asked the community for guest bloggers and your responds has been great! We believe that the fast-paced innovation in 3d printing is only possible by critical and open discussions between the community and Ultimaker.To kick off these talks is Bruce Wattendorf on the new Make: magazine. -Alexander Baloche
On November 20th Make: magazine has a new special 3D printer issue in news stands and available in the Maker Shed.This Guide is great if you are looking to buy a 3D Printer over the Holidays.
Make: magazine rated a bunch of 3D printers in this issue. They brought in numerous 3D printer enthusiasts to evaluate these 3D printers. I think they were very fair in the rating and made sure that everybody who evaluated a printer has no experience using that printer. The team working on that printer would have to assemble the printer and get it to print and rate the experience of a new owner. They had to print the same files that was printed on all of the printers. They also had to rate the printers on scale of 1 to 5 where 5 is the highest (eg.best). Here is how Ultimaker scored.
- Setup 4
- Documentation 3
- Ease of Use 4
- Hardware User Interface 4
- Machine Software 4
- Slicing Software 4
- Speed 5
- Reliability 4
- Print Quality 4-5
- Accuracy 5
- Support Overhangs 4
- Noise 4 (this means that the Ultimaker is above average quiet)
- Value 4
The Ultimaker was rated best open hardware, fastest and most accurate, these are three separate categories! John Abella and Matt Griffin and Eric Chu rated the Ultimaker. ¬†
If you are thinking about purchasing a Ultimaker or any other printer for that matter. You should check out the special issue. It covers a ton of other stuff both for anybody who is new to 3D printing or already has a 3d printer at home.
Make: also had a international 3D printing meet-up on Google groups on November 15th almost 1000¬†people attended. They are planning another session early next year.
The special issue can be bought at news stands (in the US) or at Make: Magazine