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Blender: Weight Paint – Simply Explained

Weight paint is essential to many aspects of the modeling workflow in Blender such as rigging, applying modifiers, and particle spreading, among other things. Explore this guide as we exlain Blender weight paint and show you how to use it!

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How to Make DIY 3D Printed Parts for Just About Anything

Got broken things that need a little TLC? What if a fix was as simple as whipping up your own 3D printed parts? Read on to see how.

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Blender 2.8: Render from Eevee – Simply Explained

Many of you might be familiar with Blender, but have you tried using its new renderer, Eevee? Read on to know what it is and how it works.

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CAM Software – What Is It and What Does It Do?

Once upon a time, extensive knowledge and manual dexterity were required to machine parts. Find out the basics of CAM software, the tools that make CNC machining easy.

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FDM 3D Printing Post-Processing: An Overview for Beginners

FDM 3D prints generally have a rough surface finish, which is visible to the eye, but they can be easily post-processed to achieve the desired look and feel. Throughout this article, we highlight 3D printing post-processing techniques to help you get the best out of your FDM 3D prints.

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The Best Handheld CNC Routers

Handheld CNC routers bring the tool to the work, rather than the other way around. Check out some great handheld router options in this detailed guide!

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What Is Material Jetting? – 3D Printing Simply Explained

Material jetting is a relatively new 3D printing technique that uses liquid photopolymer and UV light. Learn all about this speedy technology, including how it works, its pros and cons, and its ideal application areas.

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How to 3D Print Letters or Text using FreeCAD

Have you ever wanted to see your name printed in 3D? Learn how to 3D print letters or text using FreeCAD.

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5 Best CO2 Laser Engraver Machines

Much can be made with a laser engraver, from decorations to advertisements to toys to gifts. Check out the best CO2 laser engravers on the market right now.

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Orange Pi vs Raspberry Pi 3 B+: The Differences

Orange Pi or Raspberry Pi 3 B+? That's the question. Learn the differences between the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and the Orange Pi.

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How to 3D Print from Thingiverse – Simply Explained

Thingiverse is one of the most popular sites to download free 3D printer files. Easily learn how to 3D print from Thingiverse.

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How I 3D Printed A 3D Printer from Scratch

It seems ridiculous that someone without any 3D printing knowledge should, or even could, build a 3D printer entirely from scratch, but I did just that. Here's why, and how.

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SLA 3D Printing: How Strong Is Resin?

SLA 3D prints aren't known for their strength. Find out how resin compares to other 3D printing materials and just how strong it can be.

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Anet A8 Software – What You Really Need

The Anet A8 is a great starting point into the world of 3D printing. But be warned - you need some software before making anything.

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Anycubic i3 Mega Software: 5 Tools You Really Need

The Anycubic i3 Mega is a great 3D printer, but add these 5 software tools, and you can control and produce flawless prints with ease!

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