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Want to learn something new? Check out our helpful tutorials, guides, and how-tos for 3D printing, CAD, CNC, laser cutting and more.

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The Best Cura Plugins

Some things just make other things better. Plugins for Cura are good examples. Check out our top picks for the best Cura plugins.

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From Solidworks to Solid Prints
SLDPRT to STL: How to Convert SLDPRT Files to STL

Converting SLDPRT to STL can be hard if you don't have the right tools. Here's a handy list of tools you can use to convert your files. Choose the one that works for you!

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Format Facts
2020 Most Common 3D Printer File Formats

What's the best 3D printer file format? Learn the differences between the four most common file formats: STL, OBJ, AMF, and 3MF.

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Simplify3D vs Cura: The Differences

Among the most popular slicers, Simplify3D and Cura split opinions and hearts in the 3D printing community. Find out which is best for you!

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No Tumble Drying
Filament Dryer – A Simple Guide

With an FDM 3D printer, you'll likely need to dry out your filament from time to time. Check out our simple guide to filament dryers.

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Loving a Life with Lasers
K40 Laser Cutters: All You Need to Know

Want to start working with lasers? Get started with the easily modifiable K40 laser cutter, and upgrade as you go!

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Blender: How to Group Objects – Simply Explained

When working in Blender with a large scene containing many objects, it can be easy to lose track of things. Fortunately, there is a way to group objects together for easy manipulation and organization.

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PETG/PLA Recycling: How to Recycle 3D Printer Waste

Finding yourself with a mountain of 3D printer waste? Reduce waste by learning about the recyclability of common 3D printer plastics like PLA and PETG.

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The Best Glue Sticks for 3D Printing

In 3D printing, glue sticks can help 3D prints adhere to the print bed. Check out the best brands and how they can help you get a grip.

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Cura Offset from A to Z
Cura: Z Offset – Simply Explained

Z offset control can be useful for a number of reasons, including printing on an object. Learn how to adjust Cura's Z offset setting!

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From Counting Cents to Buying Big
How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost in 2020?

How much does a 3D printer cost in 2020? Check out our overview to 3D printer price ranges, covering everything from beginner to industrial 3D printers.

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A Smooth Ride
Linear Rail 3D Printer: Really Better or Just a Hype?

3D printers touting high-quality "linear rails" have sprouted up all over the market. Find out if a linear rail 3D printer is legitimately better or just a marketing sham.

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2020 Coolest CNC Router Projects

A router is only as useful as the designs you feed it. Check out these cool CNC router projects to see what CNC is truly capable of.

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Making Your Printer Your Printer
Marlin Firmware – How to Get Started

Take control of your 3D printer's firmware and discover a world of possibilities. We show you how to set up Marlin, one of the most popular firmware options among 3D printing enthusiasts!

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Your All-In-One Tool
Printrun – A Beginner’s Tutorial

The Printrun Suite (Pronterface, Pronsole, and Printcore) has been around for a long time but is still a valuable go-to resource for creating great prints. Find out the basics of this useful tool, and how to get started with it.

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