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Basic specs Price: $ 2,5502 180 €1,950 £288,191 ¥
Metascore
Manufacturer MakerGear
Category Desktop
Technology Extrusion (FFF, FDM...)
Material PLA, Other plastics, ABS
Max. build size 203 × 254 × 203 mm7.99 × 10 × 7.99 in
Release date 2018
Country United States
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MakerGear M3 (M3-SE) review

The MakerGear M3 is professional FDM desktop 3D printer by MakerGear, a manufacturer based in Ohio, United-States.

The M3 is the new version of the award-winning Makergear M2 3D Printer (first place awards in the “Best of Workhorse 2017” category and “Best of Enthusiast 2015/2016” from 3D Hubs). This versatile 3D printer is positioned as a reliable workhorse, designed to offer continuous operation and long-term performance for professional and industrial users.

MakerGear M3 features

The MakerGear M3 exists in two versions, the M3 Single Extrusion (M3-SE) and the M3 Independent Dual Extrusion (M3-ID).

This FDM 3D printer offers interesting features such as:

  • V4 hotends and the ability to use different nozzle diameters: this 3D printer comes with a 0.35 mm standard brass nozzle. Other brass nozzle diameters (0.25 – 0.75 mm) and stainless steel nozzles (diameter 0.35 – 0.5 mm) are also available. The nozzles can reach up to 300°C and are ready to use in less than 2 minutes.
  • a completely wireless system: the MakerGear M3 boasts a detachable touchscreen and offers Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can control 3D prints from different devices such as a computer or a smartphone.
  • assisted bed leveling: this “True Leveling” feature, according to MakerGear, is more precise, reliable, and convenient than regular auto-leveling.
  • a high-precision cooling system to minimize the air friction and optimize the air flow distribution for cooling in order to make better 3D prints.
  • a heated build plate: heated from corner to corner, the build plate temperature can reach 130°C when enclosed and 120°C when not enclosed.
  • a welded steel frame for unmatched rigidity and structural support, enabling users to achieve high print resolution at greater speeds than with traditional 3D printer frame construction
  • an “Auto-prep” option to prepare STL files for 3D printing, including pre-configured materials profiles.

MakerGear’s M3 is compatible with ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PET-G/T, PLA, PC, TPE, TPU, composites (metal, wood, carbon fiber), and more.

The 3D printer arrives preconfigured with OctoPrint for MakerGear and M3 QuickStart. It is compatible with a wide range of third-party software packages (free and open-source as well as proprietary).

The MakerGear M3 includes a one-year warranty and free, in-house technical support in addition to a thriving online community. The warranty can be extended for two or three years.

MakerGear M3 price

The official retail price of the M3-ID is $2,550.

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General

Model M3 (M3-SE)
Manufacturer MakerGear
Metascore
Price $ 2,5502 180 €1,950 £288,191 ¥
Release date 2018
Country United States
Status Available
Category Desktop
Technology Extrusion (FFF, FDM...)
Filament diameter 1.75 mm0.07 in
OS compatibility Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux
Generic material Yes

Performance

XY accuracy
Max. build size 203 × 254 × 203 mm7.99 × 10 × 7.99 in
Max. build volume 10.47 L
Max. print speed 450 mm17.72 in/s
Min. layer thickness 0.02 mm0.001 in

Hardware

Dimensions 533 × 610 × 420 mm20.98 × 24.02 × 16.54 in
Weight 12 kg26.46 lb
Nozzle diameter(s) 0.35 mm0.01 in
Power input 100 - 120 V (4 A)/220 - 240 V (2 A), 47 - 63 Hz100

Features

Heated print bed Yes
Automatic calibration Yes
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen Yes
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No

Connectivity

USB Yes
Wifi Yes
Bluetooth No
SD card Yes
Ethernet Yes

MakerGear M3 (M3-SE) tests and ratings

Metascore
4 / 5