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2019 BLTouch Sensors Guide – All You Need to Know

BLTouch sensors are contact-triggered proximity sensors used for auto bed leveling on some consumer 3D printers. Though they're not as popular as inductive sensors, their slightly different function make them an appealing option for some applications. Check out this comprehensive guide on BLTouch auto bed leveling sensors.

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SLA Post-Processing: Best Ways to Clean Resin 3D Prints

Post-processing is critical for achieving the full resolution of your SLA 3D printer. Here are the best ways to go about cleaning up your SLA prints.

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3D Printer Z Offset: How to Adjust It

Having trouble getting your prints to stick? Want to print on top of an existing object? Try using Z offset to adjust where your 3D printer starts printing.

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2019 3D Printer Extruder Guide

Read our guide to learn the basics of direct drive and Bowden extruders, hot and cold ends, nozzle sizes, and materials and to find the best 3D printer extruder for your needs.

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PETG Stringing: 3 Easy Ways to Prevent It

PETG is a great material to 3D print with, even if it is a little stringy... Here are three easy ways to fix PETG stringing!

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2019 Best Anycubic Photon Slicer Alternatives

There are several slicers that can be used with the popular Anycubic Photon. Check out these alternatives, which are easy to install and use.

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6 Best Filament Extruders to Build or Buy

You don't have to trash your old or failed prints. Use them to create new filament! We list six of the best filament extruders that you can build or buy, selected based on their track records of reliability.

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Cura Retraction Settings: How to Avoid Stringing

Retraction is an easy and powerful way to reduce stringing and oozing in your 3D prints. Find out how to tune the Cura retraction settings.

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What Is 3D Bioprinting? – Simply Explained

3D printing interest in and biomedical demand for bioprinting continue to increase. In this article, we take a look at what bioprinting is and why it's important.

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Acetone 3D Print Smoothing Guide: 6 Easy Steps

Normally, FDM 3D prints show layer lines. Learn about acetone 3D print smoothing and create a totally smooth surface finish in just 6 easy steps.

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Support Is All You Need
3D Printing Supports: 3 Easy Steps to Success

3D printing supports is often essential when printing a difficult model. But what's the right type of support? Which settings work best? This step-by-step supports guide will lead you to the answer.

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3D Printing Threads and Screws – A Simple Guide

3D printing threads and screws that fit is a challenge. Check out this simple guide to learn how to successfully design and 3D print screws and threads.

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3D Printing Overhang: How to 3D Print Overhangs

Want to master 3D printing overhangs? Learn how to easily 3D print overhangs so that your prints defy the laws of gravity!

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2020 Most Common 3D Printer File Formats

What is the best 3D printer file format? Which format should you use? We explain and compare the four most common 3D printing file formats: STL, OBJ, AMF, and 3MF.

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3D Printer Firmware: Which to Choose & How to Change It

Changing your 3D printer firmware can be a tricky. Learn the pros and cons of changing it, how to change it, and the most common firmware choices.

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