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PLA Print & Bed Temperature – All You Need to Know

Temperature is crucial for a good print. Too hot, and your print could turn out to be a squishy mess. Too cold, and it might lead to an hour of cleanup. This guide will help you to achieve the best PLA print temperature.

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3D Printing Technology Guide
All 10 Types of 3D Printing Technology in 2019

Check out our 2019 3D printing technology guide to learn about all 10 types of 3D printing technology that 3D printers use today. Terms like FDM, SLA, DLP, SLS, DMLS, SLM, EBM, Material Jetting, DOD, and Binder Jetting simply explained.

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3D Printing with PETG Filament – All You Need to Know in 2019

Check out our 2019 PETG guide, where we explain and compare PETG filament, and test and review the best brands. Includes tips and tricks for the best PETG print settings and more.

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10 Must-Have Creality CR-10 Upgrades and Mods in 2019

Among the most popular 3D printers is the Creality CR-10, a beast to be reckoned with. But even a beast isn't perfect out of the box. Check out the 10 best Creality CR-10 upgrades and mods.

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All you need to know about 3D file formats
8 Most Common 3D File Formats in 2019

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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Blender: How to Merge Objects – Simply Explained

Sometimes in Blender, an object you're modeling is too complicated to model in a single object, so it's easier to make two (or more) objects and then merge them together later. However, it's only easier if you know how! Here's how to merge together objects in three different ways.

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PLA Smoothing – Beginner’s Guide to Smoothing 3D Prints

Even the best FDM 3D printer produces layer lines. Check our guide to smoothing 3D prints to learn various methods of PLA smoothing, unlocking the door for anyone to achieve a professional finish.

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Top 10 Free & Easy 3D Modeling Software Tools for Beginners

3D modeling takes a lot of practice and skill. Check out 10 free & easy 3D modeling software tools for beginners that will get you 3D modeling in no time.

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3D Printer Calibration Guide – How to Calibrate Your 3D Printer

Check out our 3D printer calibration guide, to learn about the best ways to manually calibrate your printer and how to fine-tune your slicer settings for different filaments.

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Extruder Calibration – 6 Easy Steps to Calibrate Your Extruder

Having troubles with over and under extrusion? Or perhaps your 3D prints just aren't turning out as they should? You probably need to calibrate your extruder! Keep reading to find out how.

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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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Linear Rail 3D Printer – Really Better or Just a Hype?

3D printers touting high-quality "linear rails" have sprouted up all over the market. Find out if a linear rail 3D printer is legitimately better or just a marketing sham.

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3D Printer G-Code Commands – 2019 Programming Tutorial

G-code is the programming language of your 3D printer. Quickly learn all G-Code commands using our full guide and reference.

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7 Best Thingiverse Alternatives in 2019

As a 3D printing enthusiast, or even as a 3D modeler, you've probably heard of Thingiverse. Launched in 2008, the platform has provided us with several trinkets and 3D printable models, but what are some cleaner and less crowded alternatives?

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3ds Max 2019 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?