Manufactured to provide industrial-level precision, the MakerGear M2 is an affordable FDM printer in its 5th generation (M2e). Capable of hitting layer resolutions as low as 20 microns, this high-quality printer strikes the perfect balance between speed (200 mm/sec) and durability (stainless steel frame). Equipped with a new four-point print bed, the M2 is easy-to-level ensuring that every print comes out consistent even after repeated use.
Constructed out of CNC machined cast aluminum, the M2 rests on a sturdy steel frame and comes with a sizable build platform at 200mm (8″) x 250mm (10″) x 200mm (8″). With the option of putting together the DIY kit or receiving the printer fully assembled, the M2 is designed for both beginner and experienced users. MakerGear recommends purchasing the Simplify 3D software package to streamline the initial set up – which is considered as close to plug and play as possible.
So what makes the MakerGear M2 one of the top 3D printers on the market? For one, this printer consistently produces high-quality 3D prints. Even after repeated use, the precision is still on-point and downright impressive. The M2 is regarded as one of the most affordable yet high-quality FDM printers. Supported by a well-designed linear rail system and tough metal frame ranging in thickness from 3.3 mm to 6.5 mm, this is one sturdy 3D printer that never shakes while generating models.
Capable of printing in a variety of filaments (as long as they are 1.75 mm), MakerGear offers a wide selection of materials that include PLA, ABS, PET, HIPS, HDPE, and TPU. With its four-point leveling system and Borosilicate glass print bed, you have one of the most high-tech build plates available in the FDM printer market. Factory-tested out of MakerGear’s Beachwood, Ohio location, the high-quality components are all USA-made and go through rigorous stress testing before leaving the facility.
Originally released in 2012, the M2 series is regarded as a 3D printer with “industrial-level precision at an affordable price.” The modular 3D printer is easy to maintain and uses open-source electronics and firmware. In other words, it is fully customizable and is compatible with all types open source software packages. You can even save some dough if you purchase the M2 as a DIY kit – also assembling the printer is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the printer.
With every new M2 generation, MakerGear ensures that it improves upon one aspect of its 3D printer. The M2 Revision E (M2e) comes with a revolutionary four point leveling system, metal components that replaced printed parts, and a Quick Start software program. It’s also worth noting that MakerGear prides itself on its customer service department. Considered to have the best technical support in the industry, MakerGear doesn’t just manufacture 3D printers, it creates a community of loyal customers willing to share information on how to get the best out of their M2 3D printer.