MakerGear M2 Desktop 3D Printer Review
This is definitely the era of 3D printer. Over the years, more 3D printer brands are launched to the market to fulfill the demand of both professional industries and even the hobbyists. Since so many brands and features are available nowadays, it can be very overwhelming to choose which 3D printer is the best for us. No matter what purpose we will use the printer for, it must be well built, has solid structure and quality parts, and last but not least, backed up by good customer support. The last point is very important because up to this day, even the most expensive 3D printer still faces some technical problem. If you want all those excellences in one product, MakerGear M2 3D Printer is the best choice for you. This product has been named as the 3D printer with the best value for money. Despite of its affordable price, the features are top notch and it does the job remarkably well.
Well Built 3D Printer
This MakerGear M2 review will be opened with one of the best features this printer has that is its rigidity and durability, thanks to the top materials used to build this printer. The exquisite steel frame ensures rigidity that will reduce the shakiness during printing. If you pay attention to the frame, you will notice that it is made of solid stainless that will add to the sturdiness of the printer. No wood is used to build the frame and the number of printed materials has been cut and replaced with metal components in the latest generations. This product is really well-designed and it has impressive 8” x 8” x 10” maximum build volume dimension which is larger compared to the other 3D printer in this class.
MakerGear M2 3D Printer is also equipped with metal build platform. Of course the metal construction is not for show only. The metal build platform will help to maintain the heat at 110 degrees C. This feature will ensure thermal stability during printing process so the number of failed printing can be reduced significantly. Moreover, it is also coated with anti-corrosive black powder that will let the printer stays in good shape for years to come. And with the addition of the carriage ball bearing, the printer will make better movement that will result in more precise printing result.
Easy Printing with Remarkable Result
3D printer means nothing if it is difficult to use. Thankfully, Makergear’s M2 is very easy to use. This product is pre-assembled so you can immediately use it right after unboxing it. One of the most interesting things about this printer is the fact that the frame is completely open. Even though it will affect the printing temperature, this frame will give us easy access during printing.
You will have several options for printing method. Firstly, you can use USB cable and connect it with your computer. Or better yet, you can connect an SD micro card directly to the printer so you can operate the machine without having to connect it to your computer. Furthermore, this 3D printer is compatible with various software that will make printing even more convenient.
The standard model comes with single extruder and it is actually more than enough for most 3D printing jobs. However, if you strive for something extra, you can always upgrade to MakerGear M2 Dual Extruder. Simply contact the customer service and they will set everything up for you. Now that we are on the subject, it is safe to say that MakerGear has one of the best customer supports in the 3D printing world. Several weeks ago, I contacted them because my printer stopped printing halfway several times and I just had no idea how to troubleshoot this. I emailed them and in less than an hour they replied me with a very good solution.
If this is your first time buying a 3D Printer, you might be very excited that you forget to buy the filaments. If you purchase M2 from MakerGear, you don’t have to worry about this. The purchase comes with 1 kg of 1.75 mm PLA filament which will be more than enough to let you do your first 3D printing.
Dual Extruder Upgrade
If you want to get more incredible features, go upgrade to MakerGear M2 Dual Extruder 3D Printer. With Dual Extruder, you can use two different filaments when printing a single object. It means, you will get better aesthetics and variations in the printing result. Please note that the upgrade kit requires 24 Volt M2. So, if you still use 19 Volt M2, you will need to replace it before assembling the upgrade kit.
Pros and Cons
MakerGear M2 3D Printer is an excellent product. However, from my experience, it still has some shortcomings and the product will definitely be better if the manufacturer addresses those issues. However, for me the cons are not serious if I compared it with the pros. But to help you make an informed decision, here are the pros and cons of this product.
- Very well built with sturdy metal frame and platform.
- The maximum build volume dimension is larger so we can print something with bigger volume.
- It has the best value for money.
- The thermal stability is pretty great thanks to the metal build platform.
- It doesn’t require too much leveling. But once it does, it can be pretty hard to do it.
- Since the frame is not fully enclosed, the temperature becomes less constant and sometimes it affects the printing job, especially for frequent use. However, due to the presence of the metal platform, this is not a big issue for hobbyist.
- It doesn’t come with LCD screen which makes printing from micro SD card less convenient.
Overall, MakerGear M2 3D Printer definitely will not disappoint you. The sturdy built of the printer will ensure stability during printing and better printing result. This brand also always comes with much better upgrade so you can always keep up with the latest trend. And most importantly, this is very reliable, easy to operate and both professionals and hobbyist will be happy with what this 3D printer can offer.