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Want to learn something new? Check out our helpful tutorials, guides, how-tos, and FAQs for 3D printing, CAD and more.

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Elephant’s Foot (3D Printing Problem) – Easy Fixes

Countless problems emerge while 3D printing. Elephant's foot may not be as well known as others, but it can be a huge issue for functional or multi-part prints. Let's look at what causes it and how to fix it.

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STEP to STL – How to Convert STEP Files to STL

CAD lets you construct complex 3D models that can later be 3D printed. Find out how to bring these models to life by converting STEP to STL.

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3D Printer Test Models: Best Calibration Cubes

Your 3D printer needs to be calibrated. Check out the best 3D printer test models for this purpose, called calibration cubes, and learn how to use them.

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2019 Best Prusa i3 MK3S Upgrades

There's always better, even for the best. Take your printing to the next level with the best Prusa i3 MK3S upgrades available right now.

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3D Printer Axis – All You Need To Know

A 3D object needs three axes to be represented within the 3D printing space and to be printed. Here, we explain the 3D printer axis system, how it works, and what aids its movement.

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Download Maya For Free And Other Free Alternatives

Maya ranks among the most popular 3D modeling software solutions for visual effects. Here is how you can download Maya for free. In addition, you could also try free 3d modeling software alternatives.

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2019 Carbon Fiber Filament Guide

In this carbon fiber filament guide, you will learn about the different types, use cases, and compare some brands of carbon fiber filament.

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2019 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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10 Reasons to Buy a 3D Printer for Home Use

Need a reason to buy a 3D printer for home use? Here are the ten most solid reasons for buying a 3D printer for yourself. 

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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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History of 3D Printing: When Was 3D Printing Invented?

What many people don't actually know is that 3D printing is not a new technology. In fact, the first-ever patent for 3D printing was successfully issued in 1986. Let's take a closer look at the history of 3D printing and how it all came about.

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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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2019 Best Sites for 3D Artist Freelancers

Whether you’re full-time 3D artist freelancer, looking for a digital side-hustle, or trying to sell your 3D models online, check out the best sites for working as a 3D designer/3D modeler.

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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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Auto-Leveling 3D Printer: Do I Really Need It?

A leveled bed is a prerequisite for an accurate 3D print, but does it make an auto-leveling 3D printer necessary? Learn about the pros and cons of auto bed leveling.

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