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10 Reasons Why You Should Buy a 3D Printer for Home Use

Need a reason to buy a 3D printer for home use? Here are the ten most solid reasons for buying a 3D printer for yourself. 

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What Resolution Can 3D Printers Print?

When we talk about 3D printer resolution, we have to take all 3 dimensions into consideration: resolution along the X and Y axis, and resolution along the Z axis.

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Octoprint on Anet A8 – How To Set Up Octoprint

Octoprint is a great resource for remotely controlling and monitoring any 3D printer. In this article, we are going to show you how to set up use Octoprint with the budget-friendly ANET A8 3D printer using a Raspberry Pi 3.

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6 Benchtop SLS Printers for Small Businesses

Though relatively new to the 3D printing world, small-scale SLS printers are slowly gaining popularity, thanks to their high-quality prints.

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Should I Buy a Prusa i3 Clone or the Original?

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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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3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara

Cartesian vs Delta vs Polar vs Scara: FDM 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes. Learn to tell the differences and advantages.

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Autodesk Inventor Tutorial: 3 Easy Steps for Beginners

In this Autodesk Inventor tutorial, you’ll learn the basic knowledge on how to create, modify and edit 3D models.

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Cost of 3D Printing – 20 Great Ways to Reduce It

Here are 20 great ways to reduce the cost of 3D printing. Avoid unnecessary costs and become a frugally-minded maker with the following tips.

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4 Best 3D Printer Cameras to Monitor Your Prints

If you can't be next to your 3D printer during the entirety of a print, you'll want to monitor it with a camera. Here are some great options for a 3D printer camera that'll let you watch your prints while you're away.

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HIPS Filament – Explained and Compared

Ever wish you could print a complex model and have the supports just melt away afterwards? Or do you want a better, easier alternative to ABS? Well, we've got a material for you! Keep reading to discover the wonders of HIPS filament!

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To Buy or to not to Buy.
2018 SketchUp Free Download – Is There a Free Full Version?

Looking for "SketchUp free download" and don't want to commit to buy the full version of the popular 3D modeling software from Trimble? Here are the best answers to the question: Is there a free full version?

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2018 3D Printing Materials Guide

Read our easy-to-understand 2018 3D printing materials guide to learn about all materials used for home and industrial 3d printing today.

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OBJ File Format – Simply Explained for CAD and 3D Printing

The OBJ file format and 3D printing go hand in hand. Find out all you need to know about OBJ file format for CAD and 3D printing in this guide.

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Setup Guide to OctoPrint on the Raspberry Pi 2

Did you know you can manage your 3D printer over LAN? It's easy to with OctoPrint and a Raspberry Pi 2. Learn how to set up Octoprint.