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2019 PLA Filament Guide – All You Need to Know

Read our 2019 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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5 Must-Have Cura Plugins to Pimp Your Printing

Some things just make other things better. Plugins for Ultimaker's Cura are good examples. Check out our top 5 picks.

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It's What's Inside That Counts
5 Fantastic 3D Printer Controller Boards in 2019

The controller board is the heart of any 3D printer, responsible for orchestrating components like the extruder, heated bed, motors, and sensors. Here are 5 great choices right now!

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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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8 Best DIY 3D Scanners in 2019 (You Can Build or Buy)

3D scanning doesn't have to be expensive. Make yourself an affordable, yet accurate 3D scanner. Choose the option that suits you best from this list of the best 8 DIY 3D scanners

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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 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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2019 OctoPrint Setup Guide – How to Set Up Octoprint Easily

OctoPrint is great a free, open-source tool to control and monitor prints from a browser! Learn how to set it up with this easy step-by-step guide.

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2019 FreeCAD Tutorial for 3D Printing – 5 Easy Lessons

Check out our FreeCAD tutorial for 3D printing to learn easily how to design, create and 3D print your first 3D model. No CAD or 3D printing experience required.

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What’s the Best Cura Infill Pattern for You Needs?

Learn all you need to know about infill patterns in Cura. Find the best Cura infill pattern for cool and effective prints while saving time and money.

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Fragile: Keep Dry
How to Dry Filament: PLA, ABS and Nylon

Moisture from the air can easily ruin your 3D printer filament, meaning it can also ruin your prints! Here's how to save a wet spool.

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10 Best SketchUp Alternatives in 2019

Looking for a SketchUp alternative? Check out the 10 best options available right now. Some of them may even be better-suited for your 3D modeling needs.

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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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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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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.