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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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PLA Not Sticking to Print Bed / Build Plate – Easy Fixes

The beginning is a wonderful place to start. In 3D printing, however, it is often the most frustrating. Sometimes, PLA prints simply won't stick. Other times, they'll pop right off the platform, mid-print! Here are some easy fixes to eliminate the problem.

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ASA Filament – Explained and Compared

Looking to try your hand at a new, application-specific 3D printing material? In this guide, we take a look at the benefits, uses, and brands of ASA filament.

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Titanium 3D Printing – How to Get Titanium Parts 3D Printed

Need titanium for that project you are secretly developing in your garage, the one that'll disrupt the aerospace industry? Or perhaps you need a titanium replacement hip or knee and want to take matters into your own hands? In any case, you'll need to know who the Titans of titanium 3D printing are!

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3D Printer Nozzle Size & Material – What to Know & Which to Buy

When it comes to dialing in your 3D printer, the nozzle is often overlooked. As the last part to be in contact with filament, the nozzle can influence strength, print time, and print material. Here we take an in-depth look into 3D printer nozzle size and material.

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Gold 3D Printing – How To Get Gold 3D Prints

Ever wondered whether you can 3D print gold? It's more common than you think, especially with printing services available to bridge the gap between industry machines and the average consumer. Here's how gold 3D printing works, and how you can get your hands on a golden print of your own.

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3D Pen Tutorial: 3D Sketch and Create Free 3D Pen Stencils

Learn how to sketch with a 3D pen and to create 3D pen templates in this 3D pen tutorial. Also, transform any 3D files into 3D pen stencils!

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TPE Filament – Explained and Compared

Hailed as 3D printable rubber, flexible filaments like TPE are as squishy, stretchy, and rubbery as it gets. Here, we've broken down what TPE is good for, how to print it, and the purchase options that are available.

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HIPS Filament – Explained and Compared

Ever wish you could print a complex model and have the supports just melt away afterwards? Or do you want a better, easier alternative to ABS? Well, we've got a material for you! Keep reading to discover the wonders of HIPS filament!

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SketchUp Alternative – Best Alternatives

Looking for an alternative to SketchUp? Although SketchUp is one of the most widely used CAD programs for beginners, plenty of great alternatives exist that may be even better-suited for your 3D modeling needs. And so, we've gathered the best of the rest and explained why you should try them out.

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IdeaMaker – A Beginner’s Guide to Raise3D’s Slicer

IdeaMaker is one of many slicing platforms, but what distinguishes it is its sleek compatibility with dual extruder printers and highly customizable print settings. In this tutorial, we go through the basics of slicing with Raise3D's IdeaMaker.

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Stereolithography (SLA) – 3D Printing Simply Explained

What is stereolithography? How does it work? Where does the name come from? We cover all the bases of this impressive and prominent technology, including pros and cons, comparisons, and more!

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3D Printer Rental – Why and Where to Rent

Is 3D printer rental a doable way for boosting 3D printing all around the world? In any case, you'll need to know the possibilities offered by renting 3D printers.

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What is a Delta 3D Printer? – Simply Explained

You may have heard of delta 3D printers, but what are they really? How do they work? Should you get one? Here are the answers, simply explained.

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How to 3D Print Rubber-Like Materials

3D printing isn't just limited to hard plastics -- from phone cases to adorable octopuses, rubber-like filaments open up a whole new world of printable ideas. But how do you print with flexible filament? Here are some tips and tricks.