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What's New in 3D Printing at CES 2017

What’s New in 3D Printing at CES 2017 Yes, the world of consumer 3D printers is rapidly expanding, but we’re starting to see some tapering off in the market as the winning companies simpl

History of 3D Printing

The earliest 3D printers appeared in the 1980s. These machines used lasers to cure light-sensitive materials into specific designs. It was during this time that the slicing process first appeared and

The Future of 3D Printing Technology

Over the course of thirty years, we have seen this technology emerge and flourish. What started as a quick prototyping system evolved into a growing worldwide industry. If you are asking whether 3D pr

Finding Files and Design Sites

It's easiest to print objects from predesigned files. A wide variety of STL files, the 3D-printer equivalent of sewing patterns, are available from a number of 3D model libraries. Many files are open

Common Misconceptions About 3D Printing

Many newcomers to this hobby fail to recognize that successful 3D printing takes planning. Because 3D printers use an additive process to create their builds, many complex structures require supports.

Type A Series 1 Pro

The Type A Series 1 Pro is an open-format 3D printer with a huge print capacity. This large printer also has completely wireless printing via Wi-Fi and an online dashboard you can access from any devi

AIO Robotics

The AIO Robotics ZEUS 3D printer is one of the most unique printers we reviewed, as it does more than just print. In addition to 3D printing, the ZEUS can also scan, and it has a built-in computer wit

Airwolf 3D AXIOM

The Airwolf 3D AXIOM Direct Drive 3D printer easily earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for all of its features and design elements that work together to make stellar 3D models. It has f

UP mini 2

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer upd

Micro 3D

The Micro 3D is a teeny, tiny budget 3D printer perfect for simple projects and quick prints. While print quality isn’t up to par with more powerful 3D printers, this little guy is still capable

Printrbot Play

The Printrbot Play is a budget 3D printer designed for beginning users and small workspaces. With virtually no set up and software that is very easy to use, the Play is great for classrooms, first tim

XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro

The XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro is one of the best sub-$1,000 budget 3D printers because it has lots of features you normally find on much more expensive printers. During our budget 3D printer testin

XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 SLA 3D Printer

The XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer is a professional-grade SL printer with a consumer price tag. Most affordable 3D printers on the market use Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), melting strands of ha

The UPS Store

The UPS Store has a long history of providing 2D printing services to businesses nationwide and now the company is leveraging its print-management expertise to branch out to 3D printing. The UPS Store


Tinkercad is an online 3D printing design tool. The platform also provides 3D printing services, so your models can be printed and shipped straight to your door. Tinkercad’s 3D design tools are access


Ponoko offers 3D printing services for artisans and entrepreneurs who have lots of ideas but little 3D printing experience. The platform employs designers who turn 2D renderings into 3D designs so you


Sculpteo is a 3D printing service that allows you to print single 3D files or manage a virtual storefront in which shoppers from around the world can browse and order your products. This 3D printing b


The online 3D printing service i.materialise allows users to upload designs, print products and sell them online. This 3D printing service also offers 3D modeling assistance to help inexperienced desi


Voxeljet is one of the biggest 3D printing companies in Europe; it was founded in 1999 in Munich, Germany. The company now has manufacturing locations in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United Sta

Proto Labs

Proto Labs 3D offers 3D printing services that span from the design phase of development to mid-volume production. Product developers and designers use the 3D printing business to generate prototypes

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