3D Printing Tutorials, Guides, How-tos

Helpful tutorials, guides, how-tos, and FAQs for 3D printing, CAD and more.

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Fusion 360 vs Solidworks – CAD Software Compared Side by Side

How are Fusion 360 and Solidworks the same? How are they different? Which one is best for me? Let's dive straight into the arena: It's Fusion 360 vs Solidworks.

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Standard Tessellation Language
STL File Format (3D Printing) – Simply Explained

What is an STL file? What is it good for? How does it work? We simply explain the STL file format for 3D printing in depth.

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12 Vital Facts About Food Safe 3D Printing

If 3D printing mugs or plates for the kitchen, they must be safe for contact with food. Here are 12 vital facts about food safe 3D printing.

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3D Printing Technology Guide
All 10 Types of 3D Printing Technology – Simply Explained

Read our 2018 3D printing technology guide to learn all about the 10 types of 3D printing technology 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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The 4 Best 3D Printer Cameras to Monitor Your Prints

If you can't be next to your 3D printer during the entirety of a print, you'll want to monitor it with a camera. Here are some great options for a 3D printer camera that'll let you watch your prints while you're away.

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FreeCAD Tutorial
FreeCAD Tutorial for 3D Printing

In this FreeCAD tutorial for 3D printing, you'll learn how to create your first 3D print model. No CAD or 3D printing experience required.

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Ceramic 3D Printers
2018 Ceramic 3D Printer Guide – All About Ceramic 3D Printing

3D printed ceramics are practical and decorative. Read our guide to learn more about ceramic 3D printing or even build your own ceramic 3D printer.

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3D Printing Tutorial
MeshMixer Tutorial for 3D Printing Beginners

This MeshMixer tutorial for beginners will show you how to use Autodesk Meshmixer and how to make your model ready to 3D print.

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6 Free AutoCAD Viewers You Should Know

You want to view an AutoCAD file without buying the program? Read our guide to free AutoCAD viewers. Plus, learn all there is to know about AutoCAD File Formats!

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The Cream of the Crop!
2018’s Best CAD Software – The Cream of the Crop

Looking for the best CAD software to get the job done? Check out the cream of the crop when it comes to professional CAD software tools in 2018

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FDM vs SLA: 3D Printing Explained and Compared

FDM vs SLA: All3DP compares these competing 3D printing technologies, explains the advantages and disadvantages of these technologies and which one to use for which purpose.

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2018’s Most Important 3D Printer File Formats

What is the best 3D printer file format? Which format should you use for your projects? We explain and compare the four most important 3D printing file formats of 2018: STL, OBJ, AMF, and 3MF.

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2018’s Best 3D Printer Extruder Hotends

When shopping for the best hotend for your 3D printer, there are some things that you should consider. Here are the best 3D printer extruder hotends on the market.

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The Magic is in the Filament
PETG vs PLA – 3D Printing Filaments Compared

Does your next project call for the durable PETG used in plastic bottles? Or perhaps you want to go for PLA, the environmentally friendly bioplastic used in surgical implants? Continue reading for an in-depth comparison of the two!

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To Buy or to not to Buy – that's the question.
10 Reasons Why You Should Buy a 3D Printer for Home Use

Need a reason to buy a 3D printer for home use? Here are the ten most solid reasons for buying a 3D printer for yourself.