Afinia H480 tops "Reliable Performer" class in Make: Reviews 26 Personal 3D Printers in 2015 Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing

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Make: magazine, leader of the maker movement and producer of the popular Maker Faire events, ran 26 3D printers through their paces to create the Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2015. Make's team of 3D testers identified the top performing 3D printers across nine classes, and named the Afinia H480 tops in the "Reliable Performer” class, stating the Afinia H480 is "a solid bet for the third year running," and, "its ease of use and continual upgrades make it shine."

Afinia H480 with high-quality 3D printed screw
We’re really happy about topping the Reliable Performer class, as it’s the number one thing that our customers require.

Make: magazine, leader of the maker movement and producer of the popular Maker Faire events, ran 26 3D printers through their paces to create the Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2015. Make's team of 3D testers identified the top performing 3D printers across nine classes, and named the Afinia H480 tops in the "Reliable Performer” class. According to Make:, the Afinia H480 is "a solid bet for the third year running," adding, "its ease of use and continual upgrades make it shine." The Afinia price as tested is $1,299.

“We’re really happy about topping the Reliable Performer class, as it’s the number one thing that our customers require,” said Mitch Ackmann, Afinia’s President. “It’s gratifying that we have been proven to be the most reliable printer of the 26 that were tested.”

A team of 15 3D printing experts, led by Anna Kaziunas France, Make:’s digital Fabrication Editor, put the printers through a battery of rigorous tests to create side-by-side comparisons and identified the top performers. A PDF of the Ultimate 3D Printing Guide 2015, and pre-orders of the print issue, can be purchased through makershed.com for $9.99. The issue will also be available at Barnes and Noble stores and on newsstands November 25.

"2014 has been a full-throttle year for 3D printing since January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) introduced us to dozens of new machines. It’s clear that additive fabrication has caught the attention of major brands in all sectors and the push for the mainstreaming of this technology has hit a new plateau," said France.

Make: published the first-ever guide to personal 3D printers in 2012. The Afinia H-Series won “Easiest To Setup”, “Easiest To Use”, and “Best Overall Experience".

Afinia 3D sells the award-winning H-Series 3D printer and is one of North America’s leading brands. Afinia’s products come with industry-leading customer support and warranties.

MAKER MEDIA is located in Sebastopol and Oakland, CA, and is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology.

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