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To Buy or to not to Buy
AutoCAD Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for "AutoCAD free download" and don't want to commit to buy the full version of the popular CAD software? Here are the best answers to the question: Is there a free full version?

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For Consumers & Small Businesses
2018 Metal 3D Printer Guide – All About Metal 3D Printing

Read our comprehensive metal 3D printer guide to learn about industrial and desktop metal 3D printing, metal 3D printers, 3D printing services, technologies, applications, materials and more.

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Cutting Edge
2018’s Most Advanced Industrial 3D Printers

Curious about the latest advancements in commercial 3D printing? Check out the most advanced industrial 3D printers of 2018.

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3D Printing How to
7 Free STL Editors + How to Edit and Repair STL Files

How to edit and repair an STL file with 7 free STL editors: FreeCAD, SketchUp, Blender, Meshmixer, Meshlab, 3D Slash and SculptGL.

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The Ultimate Filament Guide
2018’s Best 3D Printer Filament – Top 25 Types

Check out the 25 most popular 3D printing filament types of 2018, showing you their uses, properties and where you can buy them.

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3D Scanner Guide
Best 3D Scanner – The Top 20 of Summer 2018

Looking for the best 3D scanner and prices? Check out our summer 2018 buyer's guide to the top 20 desktop, handheld, tripod mountable, and DIY 3D scanners, plus an introduction to 3D scanning technologies.

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To buy or not to buy
Simplify3D Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for “Simplify3D free download” and don't want to commit to buy the popular slicer software? Here are the best answers to the question: Is there a free full version?

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PET Your Printer
2018 PETG Filament Guide – Explained, Compared & Reviewed

In this 2018 PETG filament guide, we explain and compare the popular 3D printing material, we test and review the best PETG filament brands, and we show you where you can buy them.

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Want more Pi?
2018’s Best Single Board Computer (Raspberry Pi Alternatives)

Looking for the best single board computer with a little more "oomph" than the standard Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+? Check out the 15 best Raspberry Pi alternatives of 2018.

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The Best Things in Life are Free
6 Best Free Online CAD Software Tools

While many free models are available through sources such as Thingiverse or MyMiniFactory, the most satisfying aspect of 3D printing for many is when you've finally printed a model that is completely yours. Unfortunately, modern CAD software is an investment most users aren't willing to empty their wallets for. Instead of shelling out $1000+ on a program like Solidworks or Zbrush, many of these free online CAD software tools offer the same design power as industry "big boys." But won't have you skipping out on this month's rent. Check out the most important free online CAD software tools here.

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It’s easier than you think
2018 AutoCAD Tutorial – 6 Easy Steps for Beginners

Learn AutoCAD in just 6 easy steps! Our 2018 AutoCAD Tutorial for beginners will guide you step by step to design your first object.

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All you need to know about 3D file formats
8 Most Common 3D File Formats – Simply Explained

Which 3D file formats are there? How do they compare? What should you use? We simply explain the 8 most common 3D file formats used today: STL, OBJ, FBX, COLLADA, 3DS, IGES; STEP, and VRML/X3D.

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Know what‘s really going on
3D Printer G-Code Commands – Simply Explained

G-code is the programming language of your 3D printer. In this tutorial, you’ll easily learn all G-code commands.

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Use Professional Software on a Budget
3ds Max Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for "3ds Max free download" and don't want to commit to buy the full version of the popular 3D modeling software? Here are the best answers to the question: Is there a free full version?

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Eliminate Extrusion Errors
Weekend Project: Make Your Own Filament Sensor

To avoid occasional printing errors, you're better off with a sensor that lets you know whenever your filament breaks, runs out, or gets tangled on the spool. Read on to learn how to make your own.