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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3D Printer Buyer's Guide
How to Buy a 3D Printer in 2019 – 3D Printer Buying Guide

So you want to buy a 3D printer? Check out our 3D printer buying guide before you go shopping to find out what's the best printer for your needs and your budget.

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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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3D Printing, Open Source Style
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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FDM vs SLA – 3D Printing Technologies Compared

FDM vs SLA: All3DP compares these competing 3D printing technologies, explains the advantages and disadvantages of these technologies and which one to use for which purpose.

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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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The Best DIY 3D Scanners (You Can Build or Buy)

Did you know that you can make your own 3D scans without any special or expensive equipment? Did you know that making your own 3D scanner can actually be a very fun DIY project? Here are a number of ways you can build your own DIY 3D scanner.

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12 Easy 3D Printing Tips on How to Improve 3D Print Quality

A great 3D print rewards you for investing your time and money. Check out these simple 3D printing tips to improve the quality of your prints!

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A Flat Bottom is a Happy Bottom
3D Print Warping – 10 Easy Fixes for PLA, PETG & ABS

If PLA, ABS, or PETG prints cool unevenly, they can lose their grip on the build plate and curl, creating a warped bottom layer. Here are 10 easy ways to fix 3D print warping.

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Cura Infill Patterns – All You Need to Know

What's the best infill pattern in Cura for your 3D print? Check out our guide to learn all about Cura infill patterns and make cool prints while saving time and money.

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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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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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3D Printer Extruder Guide – All You Need to Know in 2019

Check out our 3D printer extruder guide to learn the basics of direct drive and Bowden extruders, hot and cold ends, nozzle sizes, and materials.

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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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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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Auto-Leveling 3D Printer – Do I Really Need It?

A leveled “bed” is a prerequisite for an accurate print, but it doesn’t make an auto-leveling 3D printer a need. Tinkerers who want to level their printing platform can either do it manually or opt for auto-calibration.