TOP 20 Video Channels

2018 TheBestOf3D.com TOP 20 3D Printing Video Channel Awards
The First Ever “TheBestOf3D.com” TOP 20
3D Printing YouTube Channels Award

 

TheBestOf3D.com is dedicated to finding the best there is on the Internet related to 3D Printing.  With that in mind, as this site grows, the plan is to have links to the best of 3D printing: tutorials, videos, online magazines, libraries (both the reading reference kind and the model sharing kind), 3D printing services and more.  The hope is to give veteran 3D printer users and newbies alike, a clearing house of the best information for learning and keeping up their 3D printing knowledge.

 

On this page, we are sharing links to the very best video channels devoted to the subject of 3D printing.  We scoured through more than 500 hundred video channels related to 3D printing.  And Yes!  There are that many on YouTube alone.  Let me tell you how we (myself and my recruits) narrowed those 500 down to the TOP 20.

 

SETTING GUIDELINES TO NARROW DOWN 500+ CHANNELS:
The first thing we did was cut out any video channel not so committed to 3D printing, they had less than half their videos are about 3D printing.  We also cut out any company or service channels in which their videos only included their own equipment or supplies.  We felt these company videos were more about providing a commercial for their product or service, instead of helpful information and their information appealed to too narrow an audience.  Along with company or service channels, we eliminated all video channels produced by colleges.  Most of them had a such broad range of topics, we felt that they fit the “not so committed” to 3D printing category of channel.  We felt besides that, the college videos were inconsistent, and their quality varied too much as the student body changed each semester.  One last rule, we left out any 3D printing channel that was constricted to a specialized topic or purpose for 3D printing.  Such as; dental 3D printing, props, quadcopters, etc.  Using these criteria, we did our first round of cuts and narrowed the 500 plus channels down to 120 channels devoted to 3D printing.

 

THE SECOND ROUND – NARROWING 120 CHANNELS DOWN TO 80:
For these remaining 120 channels, we looked at their number of subscribers and views.  We figured these numbers were representative of what the 3D Printing World was already tuning into and must have merit.  We also considered the quantity of videos produced, over what span of time were they produced and how long it had been since their most last video.  We were certain, these numbers represented how dedicated the channels were to providing worthy content and whether they would be around for a while.  We did some direct ranking of these numbers and we also did some math, to give things like average number of views per video and views per subscribers.  We wanted to know if their videos were getting watched and if their subscribers were dedicated viewers.  After all the computations, we reduced the number of best possible 3D printing channels from 120 down to 50.

 

THE THIRD ROUND OF CUTS – QUALITY NOT JUST QUANTITY:
Numbers aren’t everything.  How well are these channels produced?  After all, there are a lot of well made, knowledgeable channels out there that haven’t yet been discovered by the viewers.  So, we decided on fourteen categories that were important to producing a good, informative video.  Some of these categories represented qualities such as; presentation, video/audio quality, clarity of message, knowledge, focus, helpfulness, creativity, what percentage of their videos are dedicated to 3D printing and so on?  We created a ranking system based on these categories and more.  Then we did some more math to combine these “Quality” rankings with the technical “Quantity” rankings to find the 20 Best YouTube Channels Devoted To 3D Printing: Congratulations TOP 20!

 

…AND THE WINNERS ARE…

The Thomas SanLaderer YouTube Channel takes the Top Spot in the 1st ever TheBestOf3D.com Video Channel Award dedicated to 3D Printing.

The TOP SPOT goes to,

The Thomas Sanladerer Channel     –   

A Self-Description from the About page:
Everything about 3D Printing and Making! Build guides, tutorials, tips and reviews around the new generation of consumer and prosumer 3D printers (and more)!

https://www.youtube.com/user/ThomasSanladerer


The No. 2 spot goes to,

Maker’s Muse     – 

A Self-Description from the About page:
3D Printing Reviews, Tutorials and Guides! We believe in empowering creativity through rapid prototyping technologies and take pride in providing unbiased and fair reviews of 3D Printers, 3D Scanners and Software.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMakersMuse


The 3rd spot goes to,

Make Anything (aka. 3D Printing Channel)  –

A Self-Description from the About page:
Make Anything is a YouTube channel I’ve created to share my passion of 3D printing and design. Each video shares my experience working on a 3D design project, whether they’re quick-fixes for problems around the house, or just something really cool and unique to 3D printing. My goal is to provide educational content and inspire viewers to exercise their creativity.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVc6AHfGw9b2zOE_ZGfmsnw


The 4th spot goes to,

3D Printing Nerd     –     

A Self-Description from the About page:
Hi, my name is Joel Telling, though many today know me as the 3D Printing Nerd. I’m a Pacific Northwest native, hailing from Seattle, Washington. My YouTube channel started out as a way for me to share all the cool things I was doing with my very first 3d printer, and since then has transformed into one of the most trusted online places for 3d printer reviews, tips, and tricks. My goal is to inform, educate, and advocate, and I accomplish this with thanks in part to the wonderful 3d printing community I am a part of.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7aK9PpYTqt08ERh1MewlQ


And the 5th spot is,

RCLifeOn     –     

A Self-Description from the About page:
My name is Simon Sörensen and I am the creator of RCLifeOn. I do a little bit of everything, nothing too fancy. I love 3D printing, DIY and radio controlled stuff. Yeah, that’s pretty much it. If you want to be a part of my family here on YouTube, hit the subscribe button and let’s hang out!

https://www.youtube.com/user/RcLifeOnSimon


The rest of the Top 20 video channels
are all very good channels as well and
They are…

6th           Tech2C     –     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_scf0U4iSELX22nC60WDSg

7th           ModBot     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/thedopesoner930

8th          Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu     –     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh_ugKacslKhsGGdXP0cRRA

9th          Chaos Core Tech     –     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmyytnqQrcTg1WRFXTo14Q

10th        Uncle Jessy     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/xboxfitnesstest

11th         Nexi Tech     –     https://www.youtube.com/c/NexiTech

12th        Hoffman Engineering     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/HoffmanEngineering

13th        Josef Prusa     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/prusajr

14th        Ruiraptor     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/ruiraptor

15th        The Pyro Design     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/alfonsopyro

16th        Richard Horne / RichRap     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/RichRap2011

17th        Chep Filament Friday     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/beginnerelectronics

18th        Super Make Something     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperMakeSomething

19th        Press Reset     –     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYfOQDGx24ZWrE-EUv_jSdw

20th       3D Maker Noob     –     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Tc0TsvFxC83zF1w5x1PWQ

 

HONORABLE MENTION
I’d like to name of all of the 500+ channels we sorted through to get to down to the Best 20, but that would take too long and too much page. But, if you have a video channel devoted to 3D printing and would like to make sure we’re aware of your channel or are interested in where your channel finished in this award, please email us at thebestof3d@gmail.com and we’ll let you know where you finished.  And to all the great channels that finished out of the top 20, better luck to you next year, when we recalculate the awards.  Who knows, you might finish in the top 20 in 2019.  Good Luck!

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