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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Tinkercad Tutorial – 5 Easy Steps for Beginners

In this Tinkercad tutorial for beginners, we will show you in just five easy steps how to create 3D models in Tinkercad. You can do it!

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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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Fusion 360 vs Solidworks – CAD Software Compared

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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Create a 3D Model / 3D Print From a Photo – How To Do It

Give life to your favorite images using a 3D printer and create unprecedented personalized objects. In this article, we show you how to produce 3D print from photos, no professional experience required.

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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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What’s the Best PLA Print Temperature & How to Achieve It?

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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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.

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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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4D Printing – All You Need to Know

What is 4D printing? How does a 4D printer work? Read our essential guide to learn more about this amazing technology.

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6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools (4 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 Add a Texture

Want your Blender models to look different than the default gray? Then you're going to need to use some textures. Read through our step-by-step tutorial to get a grasp on textures and the UV editor, then use what you've learned on your own objects to make them look real!

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2018 3D Printer Extruder Guide – All You Need to Know

Check out our 2018 3D printer extruder guide to learn all you need to know about 3D printer extruders, nozzles and everything in between.

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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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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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Anet A8 MOSFET Upgrade – Does It Help and How to Do It

The Anet A8 is one of the most popular budget 3D printers due to its massive community following. However, its control board has a reputation for not being as reliable as it should be. The solution? Add an external MOSFET to help improve the overall safety of your Anet A8.