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The Best 3D Printed Gears (That Fit Your Needs)

Looking for 3D printed gears for a special purpose? Take a look at this simple guide to find the gear that perfectly fits your needs.

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3D Printing: Elephant’s Foot – Easy Fixes

Elephant's foot may not be the most-discussed 3D printing problem, but it's no less annoying. Learn the causes and how to fix it!

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3D Printer Retraction Speed: What Does It Mean?

In this article, we explore 3D printer retraction speed, why retraction is employed, and how retraction settings are tweaked to produce the perfect print.

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Mostly Printed CNC (MPCNC): All You Need to Know

Would you like to build your own CNC machine? Learn all you need to know about the unique DIY concept of the Mostly Printed CNC (MPCNC).

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The Best OctoPrint Plugins

OctoPrint is a powerful tool, but there's always room for improvement. Check out our selection of the best OctoPrint plugins currently available.

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3D Printing Raft vs Brim vs Skirt: The Differences

3D printing raft vs brim vs skirt: All three features are unique and address different problems. Check out this simple guide to know which to choose.

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2020 Best Laser Cutting Software

Laser cutters are capable tools, but only with the right software. Make the most of your machine with these laser cutting software tools!

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Wood Filament: A Simple Guide to Wood PLA

Interested in wood filament for 3D printing? Learn exactly what it is and have a look at some of the most popular wood PLA filaments on the market!

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5 Best Kinect 3D Scanner Software Tools

With a Kinect and some software, you can make a decent 3D model of just about anything! Read on for our selection of the best Kinect 3D scanning software!

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3D Printer Under-Extrusion: 3 Simple Solutions

Nerved by 3D printer under-extrusion and don't know how to get rid of it? Check out this guide, which gives 3 simple solutions.

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Ender 3 Dimensions: How Big Is the 3D Printer?

Dimensions and sizes can be very confusing, even on the popular Ender 3. Keep reading to find out what secrets the Ender 3 dimensions hold.

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Ender 3 Glass Bed – What to Consider & Which to Buy

The Creality Ender 3 sure is a popular machine, but not everything about it is perfect. Learn more about Ender 3 glass bed replacements in this nifty guide.

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Blender: How to Reduce Polygons – Simply Explained

When modeling in Blender, models can sometimes have too many polygons, gobbling computer memory and adding an undesirable level of complexity. In this article, we show you how to reduce polygons in Blender.

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Blender 2.8: Rigging – Simply Explained

Rigging is commonly used in animation, but it’s also crucial to simulations in Blender. Explore this guide to Blender rigging to complete your modeling experience.

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Blender: Remove Doubles – Simply Explained

Duplicate vertices in Blender can pose some real problems. Learn how to remove doubles in Blender with this simple guide.

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