Posted: 16 Nov 2016 11:25 AM PST
If there’s one machine that’s capable of making a person feel like a one-man factory in his own home, it’s a strong and powerful 3D printer.
But getting the right 3D printer for you is a difficult task. So many options, so many prices rangers, so many styles. Whether it’s a massive machine (relatively) that can work non stop and create big prints, or something more homey or for the office, we’ve considered all of that to put together the top 5 3D printers worth buying.
#1 Best 3D Printer: MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer
Why is it in the top 5? When it comes to quality, speed and reliability, it’s very difficult to beat the MakerBot Replicator+, the 6th generation of MakerBot 3D printers, and it’s easily the best of them.
At $2499, it should be this good, and it is. For those who know the MakerBot 5th generation, the Replicator+ comes with increased capabilities: It’s print speed is 30% faster, it can build models up to 25% bigger than the previous generation and it comes after 380,000 of testing to ensure consistent performance. The gantry and z-stage were redesigned for improved precision, and there’s a much better grip, not to mention no need for blue tape. To make it short: It’s expensive, but it’s worth it if you’re planning on creating big, complex models while working the MakerBot Replicator+ like there’s no tomorrow. Buy it on Amazon.
#2: LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer
Why is it in the top 5? It’s just as good as the MakerBot generation 6. Frankly, I had a hard time deciding which one is better. It should be 1A and 1b, because the LulzBot Taz 6 3D printer is just that good.
Just like the Replicator, it comes at a price of $2500, so it’s not for someone who just messes about: This is a real workhorse, that also has a mini version, costing half. The big TAZ 6 is one of those machines that simply makes 3D printing easy with its self cleaning and integrated power supply. It has a build volume of 280 mm x 280 mm x 250 mm, which enables large prints or making many small ones at once. As mentioned a couple of sentences prior to this one, if there was one 3D printer I’d choose to describe as a workhorse, it’s this one. Buy it on Amazon.
#3: FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro
Why is it in the top 5? You’re not going to find anything better in it’s price range ($899). The FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro is heavy, but it’s one of the more optimal machines you’ll come across in the field of 3D printers.
The original Creator had a wooden frame. Now there’s a sturdy metal frame, and aluminum plate that is aviation grade ensures a completely flat surface that won’t warp when things get hotter. It has a build envelope of 225 x 145 x 150 mm and build volume of about 5 liters. It has excellent software (Flashprint), so there’s no more need for aftermarket software purchase. It’s not the TAZ 6 or the Replicator+, but at under $1000, it’s the best 3D printer you can get. Buy it on Amazon.
#4: XYZprinting da Vinci mini 3D Printer
Why is it in the top 5? Just like the Borlee Mini 01 that comes after it, for those looking for smaller size of 3D printing and spending a little less, it’s hard to beat the quality of the da Vinci mini 3D printer.
At just under $270, it’s the least-expensive item on our list, but it doesn’t make it inferior. It simply fits specific needs that don’t call for a massive 3D printer. It’s connectivity to your local network is terrific, it has an excellent auto-intuitive auto calibration system and despite being “small” it’s anything but fragile, with a robust aluminum print bed, building in the size of 5.9×5.9×5.9 inch. It’s extremely precise, and can withstand pretty much anything you throw at it, making it the ideal mini 3D printer. Buy it on Amazon.
#5: Borlee Mini01 Compact 3D Printer
Why is it in the top 5? Just like the previous 3D printer, the Borlee Mini01 Desktop compact 3D printer offers a much easier price to cope with for those who don’t need the best and biggest, but something that is simply a good fit to their needs.
When it comes to entry level printers, the Mini01 is the ideal 3D printer. It’s easy to tune, calibrate and use. It gives you the freedom to use 3D printing software like Cura/Repeitor-hostfor for simple customization of 3D models. If you’re a noob or beginner at 3D printer, this is the way to start off right. Buy it on Amazon.
First Runner Up: FlashForge Dreamer 3D Printer
A terrific FlashForge creation, the Dreamer 3D printer probably has the best look out of the bunch. It works on the FlashPrint software, which is compatible both with Skeinforge and Slic3r slicing. It has a sleek look, but what’s important are the performances, which thanks to to the enclosed body produces insulated and protected prints. At its price range (a tad over $1000) it’s the best on the market right now. Buy it on Amazon.
Second Runner Up: Qidi Tech Dual Extruder 3D Printer
My favorite thing about the Qidi Tech 3D printer is the easy to use software, enabling simple customization of 3D models. It’s fully metal, with an aluminum plate so the surface remains flat and doesn’t warp during the heating process. At the $500-$1000 price range, it’s inferior only to the FlashForge Creator Pro, Plus, Qidi have excellent customer support, maybe the best in the business. Buy it on Amazon.
Famous Last Words
When carefully choosing the 3D printers to recommend you, we considered performance, price and value. There are two printers here that are a cut above the rest: The TAZ 6 and MakerBot Replicator+, but they also cost considerably more than the rest. There are printers with greater capabilities than the da Vinci mini or the Borlee Mini01, but people will less grandiose needs count. For those, the mini 3D printers presented here are the ideal choice, and obviously won’t set you back as the cream of the crop.
Posted: 16 Nov 2016 07:19 AM PST
Most Game of Thrones fans would probably agree that overall, the six seasons of the show have been great.
Thanks to HBO, the TV series adaptation of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" we had something to look forward to every year (and still have 2 more to go). And admit it, during the season, you just can't wait for the next episode, too.
The seventh, and sadly, the second to the last season of game of thrones is still a few months away and most fans – like you and me – surely can't just sit and wait for HBO to air it. But while we all wait for that moment and before the saga eventually comes to a close, here are some Game of Thrones action figures you can get to: (a) keep you more excited about the season, (b) beautify your space and (c) help you remember this awesome TV series.
2014 Exclusive Tyrion Game of Thrones Legacy Collection Action Figure
All throughout the course of the show,Tyrion has remained as one of the few Lannisters we loved due to his constant wittiness. "I drink and I know things," so he says. While he is more wit than strength, we have seen him force himself into battles on occasion. You can currently Get this exclusive Tyrion Lannister legacy collection action figure for $11.85 and reminisce.
Funko Daenerys Targaryen Action Figure
The Queen of the Andals, the Breaker of Chains, the Mother of Dragons. You know the list of Daenerys' titles goes on! A promoter of woman power, her charm, wits and strength put together makes her a probable taker of the Iron Throne. Before she even tries to seize the throne, you can actually own a Funko Daenerys action figure, where she is donned with her deep blue slitted dress and cape – a familiar outfit she wore after liberating the people in Slaver's Bay during the third season.
Funko Cersei Lannister Action Figure
Admit it or not, Cersei is one of the characters you love to hate and hate to love. She is incredibly cunning and almost always dresses to kill, well, apart from the walk of shame of course. But despite being defeated for a while, she managed to rise up and make an explosive comeback, literally. If Cersei is your spirit animal, you can have your own Cersei Lannister action figure for currently costing $19.99.
Funko Jon Snow Action Figure
This Stark bastard has definitely made a name for himself by standing up for his principles. And while we are nearing the end of Game of Thrones, the true identity of Jon Snow is just about to unfold. For all we know, he might make it big time, rising even higher than he has so far. The Iron Throne, perhaps? In the meantime, get this Jon Snow action figure as a reminder of his supremacy in the Night's Watch.
Funko Legacy Action: Arya Stark Action Figure
Just like Tyrion, I would consider Arya Stark as small but terribly powerful. Amid being boyish, she also represents the strength of a woman. She's travelled far and wide and made it through a number of struggles herself. Remember when she cut her hair and made a journey to the Wall to find Jon Snow? That's exactly how the Arya Stark action figure looks like. Plus, of course, Needle, her sword, always by her side.
Dark Horse Deluxe Game of Thrones: Sansa Stark Action Figure
Sansa is one of the characters I have learned to love as the Game of Thrones went by. Early on Sansa seemed like she had nothing much to offer: a feeble Stark sister when compared to Arya. (Boo!) But she has started to become more cunning and tough after enduring hardships with Ramsay Bolton and even helped to retake Winterfell from the Boltons. I am as curious as other fans are about what else Sansa has to offer. Sansa Stark fan now? Get this Sansa Stark action figure for $20.42.
Dark Horse Deluxe Game of Thrones: Hodor & Bran Stark Action Figure
Hodor may have only spoken the same word in his Game of Thrones existence, but we all know he played a crucial part in the series. He's not only the dude responsible for bringing Bran to places, we have also found out why he has only spoken "Hodor" – a moment in the sixth season that has made most viewers cry. Love that heroic moment of Hodor. Get this Hodor action figure with Bran on his back for $25.19.
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