Tutorials & Guides

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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SketchUp for 3D Printing: A Tutorial for Beginners

Welcome to All3DP’s SketchUp 3D Printing Tutorial for Beginners on how to make your first 3D model for 3D printing.

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Filling in the Gaps
Under-Extrusion (3D Printing) – All You Need to Know

If you're at all familiar with 3D printing, you're most likely, though definitely unwillingly, familiar with under extrusion. It is the bane of makers. With these three easy fixes, however, you can be the bane of it.

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Too Free to Be True
Fusion 360 Free Download – Is There a Free Version?

Fusion 360 by AutoDesk is available as a free download. But is it really free? The short answer is: Yes. The long answer: it’s a limited free trial (but with possible extensions to the 'trial' period). Keep reading for more details!

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Bridging the Gap
Bridging (3D Printing) – 6 Tips & Tricks for Perfect Bridges

Whether you have a little or a lot of experience with 3D printing, you have probably experienced the frustration of messy bridges. Hopefully this article will help you print clean bridges with a couple easy tips and tricks!

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Carbon to Carbon, Dust to Dust
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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Stick to the Sheet
PEI Sheet for Your 3D Printer – How to Use It as a Print Surface

Fed up with icky glue sticks and blue tape? Why not try a PEI sheet to get your models to stick? Learn how to apply a PEI sheet to your print surface to obtain the optimal results.

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3D Printing Filament for Beginners
ABS Filament for 3D Printing – All You Need to Know

ABS 3D printer filament is the most used home 3D printer filament after PLA. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of ABS filament? Let’s take a look.

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The More the Merrier
Multi-Material 3D Printing – 2018 Overview

Additive manufacturing using multiple materials is an exciting avenue of research and development in 3D printing technology. Whether you're interested in multi-color or full multi-material printing, here we review the most current and interesting options available.

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Let's Talk Money!
How Much Does a Metal 3D Printer Cost in 2019?

The great performance of metal 3D printers doesn't come cheap. Find out how much a metal 3D printer costs by looking at some of the most popular machines on the market.

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A Bouncy Prospect
3D Print Rubber – Is Rubber 3D Printing Possible?

As designers continue to grapple with the possibility of 3D printing rubber, we tell you whether it is achievable or not and go into detail discussing alternative rubber-like 3D printing materials.

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The Root of the Problem
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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Like a Knife Through Butter
Laser Cutting Wood – How to Laser Cut Wood

Laser cutters are powerful tools, perfect for big projects that require high strength and high precision. In this article, we discuss the basics of laser cutting wood projects, including material considerations, basic design and where to get your projects cut!

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Back to Basics
What Software Do I Need for 3D Printing?

Ready to dive into 3D printing? Get up and running with these must-have 3D printing software tools. They'll help you unleash the technology's full potential.

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Mechanical Wonders
3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara

Cartesian vs Delta vs Polar vs Scara: FDM 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes. Learn to tell the differences and advantages.

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Blinded by the Light
DLP vs SLA – 3D Printing Technologies Shootout

The principles of DLP vs SLA are fundamentally the same. Both use light to induce polymerization of a photo-sensitive resin. But the way they go about applying this principle is what sets them apart. Here we take a deeper look at that divide in an DLP vs SLA shootout.