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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3D Slash Tutorial
3D Slash Tutorial for Beginners: How to Use 3D Slash

In this 3D Slash tutorial for beginners, you learn how to use 3D Slash by making Star Wars items. This tutorial will help you become a 3D Slash Jedi. Make your own lightsaber!

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Save Your Prints from Sinking
3D Printing Raft – When Should You Use It

If you're having problems with warping or bed adhesion, it's worth considering a 3D printing raft. In this article, we look at what a raft is as well as when and how to use one.

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Over-Extrusion (3D Printing) – Tips & Tricks to Solve It

Blobs, strings, and jams are the definition of annoying. There's no reason to let them ruin your 3D printing experience. Keep reading to find three easy fixes to the ever-notorious issue of over-extrusion.

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Keeping It Tolerable
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.

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3D Print Delamination – 5 Tips & Tricks to Avoid Layer Separation

If you've owned a 3D printer for any amount of time, you are probably accustomed to troubleshooting many issues. Layer delamination is one of the most frustrating. In this article, we are going to explore (in 5 easy steps) how to rid your prints of this pesky issue.

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The Internet of 3D Printing Things
Octoprint on Anet A8 – How To Set Up Octoprint

Octoprint is a great resource for remotely controlling and monitoring any 3D printer. In this article, we are going to show you how to set up use Octoprint with the budget-friendly ANET A8 3D printer using a Raspberry Pi 3.

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Cost of 3D Printing – 20 Great Ways to Reduce It

Here are 20 great ways to reduce the cost of 3D printing. Avoid unnecessary costs and become a frugally-minded maker with the following tips.

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A Heated Discussion
The Best Printing Temperature for Different Filaments

Now more than ever there are countless types of filaments you can print with, and each requires a unique printing temperature and environment. Here's a short guide on how to print with five of the most popular filaments of 2018.

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Blender 3D Printing Tutorial
How to 3D Print Text Using Blender

In this blender 3d printing tutorial, you will learn how to create text to 3D print using Blender.

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Prusa i3 MK3 Enclosure – The Easiest Ways to Build or Buy One

Prusa printers have an open design, which makes it difficult to maintain a constant temperature while printing. In this article, we take a look at how to build or buy an Original Prusa i3 MK3 enclosure.

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A Tough Nut to Crack
Polycarbonate (PC) 3D Printer Filament – Explained & Compared

Polycarbonate (PC) has seen decades as one of the toughest of engineering plastics, and now, you can 3D print it. Check out what PC filament is good for, how to print it, and the purchase options that are available.

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OBJ File Format – Simply Explained for CAD and 3D Printing

The OBJ file format and 3D printing go hand in hand. Find out all you need to know about OBJ file format for CAD and 3D printing in this guide.

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Super Supports
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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These Paper Cuts Feel Good
Laser Cutting Paper – How to Get Started

Imagine being able to produce amazingly detailed and precise paper cutouts at a low cost. In this article, we introduce the basics of laser cutting, why this technique is adapt at cutting paper, and some tips and online services for laser cutting paper.

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Higher Resolution = Better Prints
High Resolution 3D Printer – What Does It Mean

The resolution is an indication of printing quality and must be understood from all the three dimensions. Here, we dig deeper into what resolution means on both the vertical and horizontal planes, helping you understand what exactly resolution means in desktop 3D printing