Tutorials & Guides

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STL File Converter – 12 Best Tools to Convert STL Files

The STL file format is the best choice to get the best 3D printing result out of your 3D model. With the help of a 3D file converter, you can easily convert 3D files to STL. Introducing the best STL file converters.

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3D Printing Wall Thickness – What to Consider for a Perfect Print

Adjusting shell thickness is an easy way to optimize the durability of your 3D print. Too much and you increase print time and cost, while too little renders your model unprintable. Follow our checklist to point yourself in the right direction!

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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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3D Printer Enclosure – 5 Cheap DIY Options

A 3D printer enclosure is, put simply, a box. But if you’re wondering about building one on the cheap, you might want to consider a few other factors. too. Read on to find out what they are.

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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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2018 PLA Filament Guide – Explained, Compared & All Blends

Read our 2018 PLA Filament Guide, to learn everything you need to know about PLA, including the various blends, how PLA compares to ABS and where you can buy the best PLA filament.

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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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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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Blender: How to Add a Texture – Simply Explained

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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Best Industrial 3D Printers of 2018 – The Most Advanced

Curious about the latest advancements in commercial 3D printing? Check out the most advanced industrial 3D printers of 2018.

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3D Printer Bed Leveling – Easy Step-By-Step Tutorial

Leveling the print bed on an FDM 3D printer is a necessary two-step process if you want the foundation of your 3D print to succeed. This 3D printer bed leveling tutorial takes you through the steps and explains them along the way.

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How to 3D Print Your Own Lithophane – Simply Explained

Looking to make those pictures on your mantelpiece literally stand out? Lithophanes offer a unique way to add some sophistication to your photos. In this article, we show you how to make your own!

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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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Arduino 3D Printer – 4 DIY 3D Printer Projects to Build Yourself

Arduino 3D printers are a rare breed indeed. But if you want an Arduino 3D printer and have some tinkering skills, you should take a look at these DIY 3D printer projects.

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Blender: How to Merge Objects – Simply Explained

Sometimes in Blender, an object you're modeling is too complicated to model in a single object, so it's easier to make two (or more) objects and then merge them together later. However, it's only easier if you know how! Here's how to merge together objects in three different ways.