|Ultimaker 2 Extended||MakerGear M2|
|FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling||FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling|
|20 microns||50 microns|
|9" x 9" x 12"||~8″ x 10″ x 8″|
|3.00mm PLA/ABS||1.75mm PLA/ABS|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
Ultimaker 2 Extended OverviewUltimaker became a big hit among 3D printing enthusiasts with the release of their original Ultimaker, and now they are winning awards with their newest upgrade to the Ultimaker 2, the Ultimaker 2 Extended.
With the ability to hit print resolutions of up to 20 microns, the Ultimaker 2 Extended is definitely one of the most accurate FDM printers on the market.
The printer has been so coveted since its September 2013 release, that it has been named MAKE magazine’s “best open-architecture 3D printer of 2014.”
And, with the extra print area in the Extended version, the Ultimaker 2 is one of the more coveted high-end FDM 3D printers around.
And if you’re looking for something in the $2,000-$3,000 range, it is definitely one of the best options.
In the end, you can’t go wrong with an Ultimaker 2 even considering that the other options available in its class are great choices as well.
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.