Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing

The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that’s right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. We brought 16 of the top printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by the editors of MAKE and a number of luminaries in the field. We documented out-of-box experiences and subjected the printers to a number of print and torture tests. This issue presents our findings for you in a clear, concise manner.

Table of Contents

  • Welcome: Dreaming of 3D Printers
  • The Promise of 3D Printing
  • Additive vs. Subtractive Fabrication
  • Getting Started with a 3D Printer
  • 10 Coolest Objects
  • 10 Most Useful Objects
  • Plastics for 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing Using Alternate Materials and Methods
  • Software Overview
  • Beginner 3D Design Using Tinkercad
  • Using 3D Printing Services
  • Service Providers & Resources


  • Buyer’s Guide Rating System
  • 3DTouch
  • Afinia H-Series
  • Bukobot 8
  • Cube
  • Felix 1.0
  • LulzBot AO-100
  • MakerGear M2
  • MendelMaxPro
  • Printrbot LC
  • Printrbot Jr.
  • MakerBot Replicator 2
  • SeeMeCNC H1.1
  • Solidoodle 2
  • Type A Series 1
  • Ultimaker
  • Buyer’s Guide Comparative Review
  • Standouts from Our Tests
  • 3D Printers of the Future: Ones to Watch


  • Objects on the Market Now
  • 3D Printing in Medicine
  • Kevin Mack’s 3D Art
  • Solar Sinter
  • Printcrime
  • Skill Builder: 3D Scanning
  • Scanning Options
  • Just the Thing I Need

Book Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Make (November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449357377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449357375
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