The Makergear M2 is a well-designed and reliable 3D printer that our community has ranked as the top 3D printer for enthusiasts for two consecutive years now. Founded in 2009, Makergear manufactures its 3rd generation M2 3D printers in Beachwood, Ohio.
The M2 printer is built on a solid steel chassis – a detail that gives it a reliable and sturdy structure. Thanks to the solid construction, Makergear owners unanimously praise the solid engineering and have called it “bulletproof” or “built like a tank” thanks to high precision rails and quality components.
Equipped with a heated platform for using PLA or ABS filaments within a 203 × 254 × 203 mm build volume, the M2 is also a versatile 3D Printer that comes pre-assembled. Users can further tweak the machine to their liking with onboard controls, interchangeable nozzles, and dual-extruder upgrade. The printer is not plug 'n' play, however, and some previous experience in 3D printing comes in handy to take advantage of the printer's full potential.
Once calibrated, though, the M2 is capable of producing high quality prints consistently and at a high speed. Many of our hubs have been using the printer (or multiple printers) for years without serious issues – a detail that reflects the M2's solid construction and 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 do arise, the Makergear customer support team has been reported as top notch and was rated as one of the top 3 manufacturers in the customer support category. Additionally, an abundance of online tutorials and an active community are available for users who intend to get to know their printer inside and out and down to the last screw.
The downsides? There's a slight learning curve and the M2 is not the easiest-to-use machine. Just like most printers in the enthusiast category, the M2 is relatively noisy and the open chassis is not ideal for all environments. Additionally, wireless connectivity is also high on the wish list of current owners.
The Makergear M2 is one of the best printers on the market for someone with minimal 3D printing experience while also offering value for experienced users as well. From our reviews, an impressive 96% of current owners would recommend the M2 to both professionals as well as tinkerers and makers. The fully assembled version of the M2 sells for $1825, which makes the M2 “a steal for the price” according to one of our reviewers.