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Ultimaker 2 Extended named best large format 3D printer by Make Magazine

We're very proud to announce that Make Magazine has awarded the Ultimaker 2 Extended the prize of 'Best Large Format' printer in their Ultimate Guide to Desktop Fabrication 2016. This annual buyer's guide is widely regarded as one of the most influential publications in the industry.

Test team. Photo by Spencer Zawasky

Make, known for being one of the major institutions behind the Maker movement and the popular global Maker Faire events, has reviewed 3D printers and other fabrication machines for their annual guides since 2012. Their newest edition puts the full field of contemporary 3D printers, CNC mills and resin printers through a rigorous selection of test scripts and benchmarks created by a crack team of digital fabrication experts.

Best Large Format: The Ultimaker 2 Extended gives you a great print area while not taking up your entire desk

After a battery of tests the Make digital fabrication team created side-by-side comparisons of all product attributes, in order to identify the top performers. The Ultimaker 2 Extended was selected because it gives you a great print area while not taking up your entire desk."

Previously we received the Best in Shootout 2015 award from Make Magazine, were awarded Editors' Choice by Digital Trends and became Best Consumer Product at the 3D Printshow Global Awards 2014. Receiving another prestigious and globally recognized award from Make Magazine confirms industry experts' faith in the Ultimaker 2 family.

Outstanding Open Source: Ultimaker brings design and beauty to a machine that you could still largely build on your own
Ultimaker 2 Go

The 3D printers' performance was tested across five classes. Not content with just awarding the Extended first prize in the Best Large Format class, the Make digital fabrication team also gave the Ultimaker 2 Go second place in the Most Portable category, while the Ultimaker 2 Go and Ultimaker 2 Extended scored a combined third place in the Outstanding Open Source category.

Most Portable: The shipping foam doubles as a carrying case to take the Ultimaker 2 Go on the go

“The world of 3D printing has changed dramatically since 2012, when we first started this annual roundup devoted to showcasing the best machines in the industry,” said Mike Senese, executive editor for Make Magazine. “The rapid evolution of the technology over the past three years has completely changed the landscape for 3D tools. Price has come down, product features such as auto bed-leveling are de rigueur, and the footprint has become smaller, especially for CNC mills. Now people—from home hobbyists to entrepreneurs—can use these tools for fun projects or for prototyping the next great invention.”

The buyer's guide is available in the next issue of Make Magazine, and will also be found online at Makezine.