Basics

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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Feeling Flexible?
2020 Best TPU Filament: Buyer’s Guide

Flexible filaments are becoming popular. Check out our buyer's guide to learn more about TPU filament and which brand offers the best filaments.

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No CAD Knowledge Required
How to Convert an Image (JPG / PNG) to STL

Want to 3D print an image without CAD knowledge? Quickly learn how to convert an image (PNG / JPG) to STL with this convenient guide!

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The Short List to Successful Printing
Anet A8 Cura Settings: The Best Anet A8 Cura Profile

What are the best Anet A8 Cura settings? We’ll explain the most important slicer features and provide you with the optimal Anet A8 Cura profile.

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Prep Makes Perfect
OctoPrint Setup: How to Install OctoPi on a Raspberry Pi

OctoPrint makes 3D printing easy and manageable. Learn how to install it on a Raspberry Pi with this step-by-step setup guide!

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3D Printing First Layer Problems: How to Make it Perfect

The first layer of every 3D print plays an immense role in dictating print success. With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you'll become a master at getting it right.

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Not Just for Vases
Cura Vase Mode: The Basics – Simply Explained

Vase mode is a feature in Cura for "aesthetic prints". Follow along as we demystify Cura's vase mode to create some seamless models.

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It's What's Inside That Counts
5 Best 3D Printer Controller Boards

The controller board is the heart of any 3D printer. Check out our selection of the best 3D printer contoller boards you can right now.

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Fragile: Keep Dry
How to Dry Filament: PLA, ABS, & Nylon

Moisture from the air can easily ruin your 3D printer filament, meaning it can also ruin your prints! Here's how to dry filament.

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CAD for Kids: Best 3D Modeling Software for Children

Kids can enjoy CAD, too! Check out this list of 3D modeling software, some of which are specially tailored for children.

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If That Print Won’t Budge
6 Safe Ways How To Remove 3D Prints From The Bed

Is your 3D print stuck to the bed? Here are 6 ways how to remove 3D prints from the bed without ruining your build platform. Get ready for some really unusual methods. 

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How to Set Up OctoPrint for Your Ender 3 (Pro)

Check out this simple guide to learn how to set up OctoPrint for your Ender 3 using the latest Raspberry Pi Zero. (Also suitable for the Ender 3 Pro.)

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Direct vs Bowden Extruder: Does It Make a Difference?

Direct or Bowden extruder. That's the question! But how do they work and which is better? Check out this article to learn the differences.

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Straight to the Core
CoreXY 3D Printer: Why It Makes a Difference

The CoreXY 3D printer design offers advantages over other 3D printer designs, but there are also downsides. Let's take a closer look at them.

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3D Printer Bed Leveling: Easy Step-By-Step Tutorial

3D printer bed leveling is crucial to print success. Follow along as we show you how to perform 3D printer bed leveling!

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STL to G-Code: How to Convert STL Files to G-Code

A stereolithography file, or STL, is a common method of expressing a 3D concept model. Most manufacturing systems, however, require G-code. To this end, you might be wondering how to convert STL to G-code. Find out in the following!

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