|MakerGear M2||Formlabs Form 1+|
|FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling||SLA - Stereolithography|
|50 microns||25 Microns|
|~8″ x 10″ x 8″||~5″ x 5″ x 7″|
|Single||N/A (Uses UV light)|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
MakerGear M2 OverviewIf you’re looking for a high quality 3D printer at a fairly affordable price (at least when compared to similar performing 3D printers), then the MakerGear M2 3D printer may be the machine for you.
With an all-steel design and an excellent all-around industrial-eque build quality, the M2 is a sturdy and reliable printer.
A big stand-out feature of the M2 is that it is capable of producing objects with a high print quality and offers a fairly big print area for the price (8″ x 10″ x 8″), although you may need to do some tweaking to reach higher quality prints.
Overall, the MakerGear M2 is definitely one of the best all-around 3D printers currently on the market. It takes all of the best qualities that veteran 3Ders look for—namely, print quality, print volume, print speed, and price—and combines them with ease-of-use to make sure that regardless of your 3D printing experience, anyone can use this machine and get a lot out of it.
Formlabs Form 1+
One of the most popular machines among all consumer-level 3D printers, the Formlabs Form 1+ is easily one of the most desired 3D printers among 3D printing enthusiasts and hobbyists.
Don’t let that small build size fool you, the Form 1+ is a completely different technology than the rest of the 3D printers on this list.
Using SLA technology, the Form 1+ prints with liquid photopolymer resin instead of PLA or ABS plastic. Unlike FDM printers, SLA printers print full layers at a time and are cured by a UV light pattern generator.
SLA technology enables you to hit incredibly detailed and clean looking prints. These are the kind of printers that the professionals use and we’re fortunate to see Formlabs break the mold and bring us an SLA printer under $5,000.
Ultimately, though, only a few will be able to justify purchasing the Form 1+, as not only is the printer expensive, but the cost to operate it (resin and maintenance costs) is incredibly high as well.