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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5 Must-Have Cura Plugins

Some things just make other things better. Plugins for Ultimaker's Cura are good examples. Check out our top 5 picks.

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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?

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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 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 Printer Scanner – What Is It Exactly?

When it comes to modeling a real life object, designing it from scratch isn't always the best path. Let's take a look at 3D scanners!

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What software do I need for 3D printing?

Basically, there is one software you do need: that is a slicing software. Optionally, you may want to use a 3D modeling software.

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To Buy or not to Buy – that's the question.
ZBrush 2018 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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3D Printing Technology Guide
All 10 Types of 3D Printing Technology in 2018

Check out our 2018 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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All you need to know about 3D file formats
8 Most Common 3D File Formats of 2018

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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5 Fantastic 3D Printer Controller Boards in 2018

The controller board is the heart of any 3D printer, responsible for orchestrating components like the extruder, heated bed, motors, and sensors. Evolving rapidly, 3D printer controller boards are branching out to offer some incredible features.

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To Buy or to not to Buy
Autodesk Inventor Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for "Autodesk Inventor free download" and don't want to commit to buy 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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3D Printing Support Structures – All You Need To Know in 2018

Here’s everything you need to know about 3D printing support structures before you start printing overhangs and bridges in your models.

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3D Printer Bed – How to Choose the Right Build Plate

Looking to get a new build plate, but can't decide what kind to buy? Don't worry, we've compiled this helpful article to help you make your decision!

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Infill (3D Printing) – What It Means and How to Use It

When it comes to 3D printing, infill is a very important factor to a print's strength, structure, and weight. We look at the various forms and shapes of infill in order to find out why they're necessary and what makes them different.

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33 Best Online 3D Printing Services in 2018

Looking for the best 3D printing service for your project? Check out our fall 2018 guide to the best online 3D printing services worldwide.