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10 Best DIY / 3D Printed Robot Arms in 2020

In the last two decades, robot arms have migrated from industrial tools to household tools, toys, and DIY projects. Here we list a few of the best robot arms that you can buy or 3D print to extend your workshop or just use for fun!

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The Perfect PETG Print & Bed Temperature

What's the best PETG print temperature? Check out this quick guide to learn all you need to know about PETG print & bed temperature.

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Creality Ender 3 (Pro) vs Prusa i3 MK3S

Creality Ender 3 (Pro) vs Prusa i3 MK3S. Although not really comparable, both are popular picks. Find out what's better for you.

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The 3D Printer Extruder Guide

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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How Much Do 3D Printing Materials Cost?

Check out this article to get an overview of 3D printing materials and their costs today. And if you want to get something 3D printed, read our article on 3D printing service costs.

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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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Blender: UV Mapping – Simply Explained

Almost every digital model has a 2D texture applied to it. Discover the process of Blender UV mapping and work through an example to see exactly how it's done.

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3D Printer Layer Shifting: 3 Easy Ways to Avoid It

3D printer layer shifting isn't the most discussed print failure, but it certainly is among the most frustrating. Check out three easy ways to avoid it.

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How to Convert STL to DWG (AutoCAD)

Want to convert an STL file to DWG? Check out this straightforward guide to learn how to easily convert STL to DWG, the common AutoCAD file format.

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Fusion 360 Tutorial for 3D Printing – 4 Easy Steps

Intimidated by the learning curve of Fusion 360? Never fear! This Fusion 360 tutorial for 3D printing will take you through the very basics, step by step.

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3D Printing Supports: 3 Easy Steps to Success

3D printing supports is often essential when printing a difficult model. Let's go over 3D printing support types and settings for success!

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How to Set Up Marlin for Auto Bed Leveling

When auto bed leveling is concerned, hardware selection seems to get all the attention. Tuck into this detailed guide of setting up Marlin for auto bed leveling to make sure that that shiny new probe actually works!

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3D Printing Layer Height: How Much Does It Matter?

3D printing layer height is a simple setting. This little factor has a lot to do not only with print speed, but also detail. Keep reading to find out more!

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The 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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3D Printer Bed Adhesion: All You Need To Know

Getting 3D printed objects to stick to the build plate can sometimes be a chore. However, with our handy guide you'll understand more about bed adhesion and how to get your 3D prints to stick.

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