The Makergear M2 is a well designed and reliable 3D printer and our community’s top choice for enthusiasts. Founded in 2009, Makergear’s US manufactured M2 is already on its 3rd generation of 3D Printers. The M2 highlights Makergear’s experience and expertise in the industry.
The M2 printer is built on a solid metal chassis, giving it a sturdy structure. This machine comes equipped with a heated platform which uses PLA or ABS to build objects of a maximum dimensions of 203 x 254 x 203 mm. It is a versatile 3D Printer that comes in either kit form or assembled. Users can also tweak the machine with on board controls and interchangeable nozzles.
Our community found the printer very well designed and built, thanks to the steel frame, high precision rails and quality components. Manufactured in Ohio, the M2 is well-calibrated and produces high quality prints right out of the box, although some experience comes in handy to take advantage of its full potential. Many of our hubs have been using the printer for 2 years without serious issues, which speaks to the M2’s reliability. Makergear recommends the use of Simplify3D software, but thanks to the open structure, users have the opportunity to choose their favorite software. If any issues arise, Makergear customer support is extremely helpful, rated one of the top 3 manufacturers in this category. Abundant online tutorials and an active community is available for users who intend to get to know their printer down to the last screw.
The downsides? The M2 is not the easiest to use machine and just like most printers in the enthusiast category, its relatively noisy operation is not ideal for all environments. Makergear uses 3D printed parts on the M2, which have been known to cause minor issues. Dual extrusion is also high on the wishlist of current owners, though the company is expected to release upgrade kit in early 2015.
The Makergear M2 is one of the best printers on the market for someone with minimal 3D printing experience, but it has great potential for experienced users as well. Our community recommends the M2 to professionals as well as all tinkerers and makers. An impressive 100% of current owners would recommend the M2. The basic kit starts at $1475, while the fully assembled and calibrated version sells for $1775. According to one our users, “it’s worth every penny”.