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Safety First
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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Hot Stuff
4 Best 3D Printer Extruder Hotends of 2018

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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If That Print Won’t Budge
6 Safe Ways How To Remove 3D Prints From The Bed

Is your 3D print stuck to the bed? Here are 6 ways how to remove 3D prints from the bed without ruining your build platform. Get ready for some really unusual methods. 

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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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3D Printer Buyer's Guide
Beginner’s Guide on How to Buy a 3D Printer

So you want to buy a 3D printer? Read this guide before you go shopping to get the best printer for your needs and your budget.

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Yummy!
3D Printed Food: A Culinary Guide to 3D Printing Food

Creating food is the most delicious application of 3D printing. Read our guide to learn more about 3D printed food and 3D food printers.

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How to Build a 3D Printer from Scratch
3D Printer Blueprints – 3 Best DIY 3D Printer Plans

Looking for 3D printer blueprints to build a RepRap 3D printer from scratch (not from a kit)? Check out the 3 best DIY 3D printer plans to start with.

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The Cream of the Crop!
Best CAD Software for Professionals of 2018

Looking for the best CAD software? Check out our 2018 buyer's guide to the best professional CAD software tools on the market right now.

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There’s an App for That!
5 Best 3D Design Apps of 2018

3D modeling has come a long way. Gone are the days of complicated desktop software suites, giving way to the modern day 3D design app. Beginners and professionals alike can enjoy these fun and capable tools.

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Support Structures Simplified
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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The Software Showdown
Fusion 360 vs Inventor – CAD Software Compared

Fusion 360 vs Inventor: What are they, how do they compare, and which one should you use? Find out what makes these CAD platforms from Autodesk unique.

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From Counting Cents to Buying Big
3D Printer Price – How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost in 2018

With 3D printers popping up everywhere, it's hard not to want one... The question is, how much does one actually cost? In this article, we take a look at the different price ranges for 3D printers.

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Format Facts
4 Most Common 3D Printer File Formats of 2018

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

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Make Your 3D Prints Shine
PLA Smoothing – A Beginner’s Guide

Even the best FDM 3D printer will produce objects with layer lines. This article discusses various methods of PLA smoothing, unlocking the door for anyone to achieve a professional finish.