• Up Plus 3D printer
  • Up Plus 3D printer

3D printing is so zeitgeisty right now that we wouldn’t be surprised if David Cameron gave it a knighthood as a quick vote-grabber. Although the first industrial 3D printers were developed in the early ’80s, it’s only now that we’re seeing models that we might be able to afford and use at home. While it's not cheap, the home-friendly UP! Plus is a compact little machine that won't demand its own shed.

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The results are clean and sharp, 
with support material particularly well realised – neatly propping up precipitous parts but peeling away again without bother. The perforated boards that clip on to the heated build platform look primitive, but when set up correctly provide a solid base for your builds. Once we’d figured out our PLA from our ABS – a rookie mistake – the UP! produced the best results of the printers we've tested recently, quietly and consistently. The comparable lack of wobbles and ridges in the results was notable. It might not go as big as the CubeX or Makerbot, but we’ll take reliability over size, and we didn’t find ourselves craving anything bigger.

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UP! Plus review

An unlikely looking winner whose consistency and perfect prints won us over
Up Plus 3D printer