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What is 4D Printing? – All You Need to Know

What is 4D printing? How does a 4D printer work? Read our essential guide to learn more about this amazing technology.

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How to Make DIY 3D Printed Parts for Just About Anything

Got broken things that need a little TLC? What if a fix was as simple as whipping up your own 3D printed parts? Read on to see how.

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The Bane of ABS
How to Prevent ABS from Warping on a Heated Bed

ABS is often used in 3D printing for its ease of post-processing and great temperature resistance, but it's infamous for its tendency to warp. Find out how to fix that.

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5 Best CO2 Laser Engraver Machines in 2019

Much can be made with a laser engraver, from decorations to advertisements to toys to gifts. Check out the best CO2 laser engravers on the market right now.

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Anet A8 MOSFET Upgrade – Does It Help & How to Do It

The Anet A8 is one of the most popular budget 3D printers due to its massive community following. However, its control board has a reputation for not being as reliable as it should be. The solution? Add an external MOSFET to help improve the overall safety of your Anet A8.

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Should I Buy a Prusa i3 Clone or the Original?

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8 Best 3D Printer Controllers and Components on Amazon

Building your own 3D printer? Choose your 3D printer controller wisely using this list of 3D printer controllers you can buy on Amazon.

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News, Models, Services
The Most Popular 3D Printing Sites

The world of 3D printing is a big and confusing place. Handily there are legions of 3D printing sites out there that help make sense of it all. In this article, we describe some of the best sites for model downloads, news and printing services to help you to wrap your head around the always growing 3D printing industry.

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Aluminum 3D Printer – How to Get Aluminum Parts 3D Printed

If you're interested in printing in aluminum, you can either use a 3D printing service or, if you have the cash, buy an aluminum 3D printer. Read on to find out more!

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G-Code Simulator/Viewer – 5 Best Tools to Simulate 3D Printing

Modern 3D printing software makes G-code simulating possible in a form of a tool-path. This tool is extremely cool for delving into layers, and can also be important for advanced designers. Here's some of the most trusted & popular G-code viewing tools.

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PETG Print & Bed Temperature – All You Need to Know

If you want a printing material with the ease of PLA and the durability of ABS, PETG is what you're looking for. Get the best out of it by printing with optimal hot end and bed temperatures.

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3D Printer Upgrades – 19 Mods to Pimp Your 3D Printer

Feel like your printer just doesn't cut it in its current state? Wish it were a little easier to use? We've got a list of the best upgrades available to buy or print, perfect to improve both your machine and your user experience!

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SLA Printing – 5 Tips and Tricks for Great Resin Prints

Unlike thermoplastic filament printers, which typically use a 0.4-mm nozzle, a resin 3D SLA printer may have a laser spot size of 140 microns. The result? The smoothest and most precise 3D prints you've ever seen, if you know what you're doing...

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Thingiverse Models – How to 3D Print Them

Thingiverse is, hands down, one of the most popular sites for sharing and downloading files for 3D printing. Here's a rundown of how to get printing with Thingiverse.

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How to Test and Improve Your 3D Printer’s Tolerances

Whether it's CNC milling, bagging chips, or 3D printing, the machines involved have slight inconsistencies, producing parts of differing tolerances. Here, we'll dive into what tolerances are, and why they're important for 3D printing.