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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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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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Tinkercad Offline – Is Tinkercad Available Offline?

Is it possible to use Tinkercad offline? That's the question! Learn about the Tinkercad situation and discover some useful alternatives.

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34 Best Online 3D Printing Services in 2019

What's the best 3D printing service for your project? Check out our guide to the 34 best online 3D printing services worldwide. Plus, how they calculate their prices.

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Anycubic i3 Mega Cura Settings – Best i3 Mega Cura Profile

Want to get the most out of your Anycubic i3 Mega? It all depends on the Cura settings you use. Here's what we suggest as the best Cura profile for your Anycubic i3 Mega.

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3D Slicer Settings for Beginners – 8 Things You Need to Know

Learn about best practices for 3D slicer settings in this guest post from 3D printing community Pinshape. Slice like a champ and get better prints!

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6-Axis CNC – What Is It Exactly?

You probably know about 3-axis CNC milling. You might even be familiar with 5 axes. But did you know there's also 6-axis CNC milling? Find out about this manufacturing marvel!

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The Short List to Successful Printing
Anet A8 Cura Settings – The Best Anet A8 Cura Profile

What are the best Anet A8 Cura settings? We’ll explain the most important slicer features and provide you with the optimal Anet A8 Cura profile.

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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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Ender 3 & Marlin – How to Install Marlin Firmware on an Ender 3

The Ender 3 is the world's most popular 3D printer, but the firmware has a few issues. We'll show you how to upgrade the firmware to the latest version of Marlin with manual LCD mesh bed leveling.

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DIY 3D Printer Enclosure – 5 Cheap & Easy Solutions

A 3D printer enclosure is, to put it simply, a box. But if you want to build one yourself inexpensively, there are some factors to consider. Check out these five affordable DIY solutions.

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From Cat Models to the Legend of Zelda
6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools in 2019 (3 Are Free)

To produce models, 3D printers need files, typically in STL format, to be sliced into G-code. One type of software used to make these models is 3D sculpting software, which can recreate organic curves and freeform shapes.

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Blender: How to Move the Camera – Simply Explained

Both moving the camera and moving the viewport are simple tasks in Blender, once you learn how. Introduced as a free, yet powerful 3D creation suite, Blender remains a very popular choice for 3D printing enthusiasts. Here's how to find your way around.

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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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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.