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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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STL Converter – 12 Best Tools to Convert STL Files

With the help of an STL converter, you can easily convert 3D files to STL and vice-versa. Check out the 12 best STL file converters available right now.

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2019 3D Printing Materials Guide – All You Need to Know

Check out our 3D printing materials guide to learn about all materials used for home and industrial 3D printing today.

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"Things" to Consider
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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Fine-Tuning with Filament
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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Getting the Best Results
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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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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Two of a Kind
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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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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It’s easier than you think
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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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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8 Best DIY 3D Scanners in 2019 (You Can Build or Buy)

3D scanning doesn't have to be expensive. Make yourself an affordable, yet accurate 3D scanner. Choose the option that suits you best from this list of the best 8 DIY 3D scanners

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To Buy or not to Buy – that's the question.
2019 ZBrush Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for a ZBrush free download but don't want to commit to buying the full version of the popular CAD software? Here are the best answers to the question: Is there a free full version?

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How to 3D Print Your Own Lithophane – Simply Explained

Looking to make those pictures on your mantelpiece literally stand out? Lithophanes offer a unique way to add some sophistication to your photos. In this article, we show you how to make your own!

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It's What's Inside That Counts
5 Fantastic 3D Printer Controller Boards in 2019

The controller board is the heart of any 3D printer, responsible for orchestrating components like the extruder, heated bed, motors, and sensors. Here are 5 great choices right now!