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Types of 3D Modeling: Which Is Best for Your Needs?

Various types of 3D modeling allow us to design various things, some better than others. Read on to see the best type of 3D modeling for you!

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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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IdeaMaker – A Beginner’s Guide to Raise3D’s Slicer

IdeaMaker is one of many slicing platforms, but what distinguishes it is its sleek compatibility with dual extruder printers and highly customizable print settings. In this tutorial, we go through the basics of slicing with Raise3D's IdeaMaker.

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3D Room Scanner: How to 3D Scan a Room

You might never have thought about doing it, but it turns out 3D room scanning can be pretty useful. Learn about 3D room scanners in this detailed guide!

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What Is a Laser Cutter? – Simply Explained

The process sure sounds cool, but you might have caught yourself wondering: What is a laser cutter? Dig into this lengthy guide where break down laser cutting.

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17 Great SketchUp Tools You Should Know

The capabilities of SketchUp are quite broad, but it can also be a little overwhelming to know which tools to use. Here we list the most useful and interesting SketchUp tools so you can get the most out of this unique program.

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5 Cool Glowforge Projects (Which Are Actually Useful)

The Glowforge 3D laser cutter is a capable machine, but not without things to make. Check out these engaging Glowforge projects if you're short on ideas!

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10 Reasons to Use OctoPrint

There are more than eight reasons to use OctoPrint. Learn the benefits of this application and how it can octomize your printing experience.

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New Shapes, Old Objects
Blender 2.8: Shape Keys – Simply Explained

Blender's shape keys allow you to deform a single object into many new shapes. Since they're integral to animation and prototyping, let's see how they work.

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Fusion 360 CAM: A Beginner’s Guide to Fusion 360 for CNC

Looking to do some CNC milling? Chances are you need CAM. Luckily, there's Fusion 360 CAM. Follow along as we show you how to get started!

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3D Printer Cleaning Filament: What You Need to Know

Clogged nozzles are painful. Read on to find out what exactly makes 3D printer cleaning filament special, and how to use it!

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What Resolution Can 3D Printers Print?

When we talk about 3D printer resolution, we have to take all 3 dimensions into consideration: resolution along the X and Y axis, and resolution along the Z axis.

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The Wonderful World of Welding
PLA Welding – How to Fuse PLA Seams and Cracks

PLA welding is a great technique to put in your 3D printing tool box. Allowing you to join two 3D printed pieces together or fill in cracks, PLA welding can form strong, durable bonds. How does it work? When should you use it? Read on to learn more.

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ABS Glue – What Is It & How to Make It?

Need to know about ABS glue and how to make it? Learn about the easiest way to bind your ABS parts.

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Filament Spool – Tips & Tricks Against Filament Tangles

A knotted filament is annoying because it may cause a nicely running print job to fail in seconds. Here you'll find everything you need to know to solve and prevent this issue.

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