Review guidelines

NMTS regularly produces independent and in-depth product reviews under the “Thomas Sanladerer” and ”Tom’s 3D” brand, covering the entire range of Maker-focused products from 3D printer products over CNC-controlled machines down to manual tools and accessories.

Reviews published here are not simply recaps of a product’s spec sheet, any reviewed product has been thoroughly tested. The experiences and results from these tests are then shared in video or written form.

While all products are welcome, please note that there are a few rules that apply to any product review produced by NMTS:

  • All opinions and results presented in a review video or post are entire those of NMTS. Under no circumstances will payment or other compensation be accepted to influence the stated opinion about a product.
    • Reviews conducted by NMTS do not require payment. This allows us to maintain out journalistic integrity.
    • You may, however, opt to purchase sponsorship independently of a review. More details on sponsorships here!
  • Unless otherwise agreed, NMTS cannot guarantee a specific date for the release of a product review. Unexpected issues with a product might delay a review further as they are being resolved.
  • If you require a product to be returned after review, please state so before providing a product.
  • Up to an acceptable limit, NMTS will try to resolve any issues that might arise during product testing. Please note that technical difficulties and challenges will need to be mentioned in a review.
  • Cherry-picking products or providing non-standard product versions is discouraged. NMTS has limited means to detect a cherry-picked product, so we need to trust product manufacturers and resellers to provide a product that is identical to the product an end user would receive.
  • “Review guides” with pre-audited talking points are welcome for completeness, but will not be strictly adhered to.
  • Reviews of pre-release products provide limited value to end users. Due to the additional overhead required to get an unfinished product to function correctly and the possibility of introducing additional changes before the product’s final release, NMTS will not accept any pre-release hardware for review.
    • Identical conditions apply to crowdfunded products. Due to a history of drastic changes between the campaign and the final release and the recent rise in crowdfunding fraud, NMTS will also not review crowdfunded products that have not been completely fulfilled to customers.
  • Products that are sent without prior announcement might not be accepted and will not be returned.
    • If you’re shipping from a non-EU country, please keep the appropriate import declaration guidelines in mind. Shipments that are improperly declared will be returned or destroyed by customs.
      • Always state the actual value of the product you ship. German imports does not accept invoices for zero-value samples.
    • NMTS is not required to accept any product for review and refrains the right to decline review opportunities for any reason.

All cool? Send an email to reviews@toms3d.org if you’re up for it!