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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From Cat Models to the Legend of Zelda
6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools in 2018 (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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To Buy or to not to Buy – that's the question.
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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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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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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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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Saving $$$
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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Meshmixer Supports – How to Generate Supports with Meshmixer

Meshmixer is a small but powerful tool for 3D printing, including generating supports for printable models. Find out all you need to know about Meshmixer supports in this mini-tutorial.

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Safety First!
Anet A8 MOSFET Upgrade – Does It Help & 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.

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SketchUp for 3D Printing: A Tutorial for Beginners

Welcome to All3DP’s SketchUp 3D Printing Tutorial for Beginners on how to make your first 3D model for 3D printing.

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Should I Buy a Prusa i3 Clone or the Original?

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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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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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Support Is All You Need
3D Printing Supports – All You Need to Know

3D printing supports is often essential when printing a difficult model. But what's the right type of support? Which settings work best? This step-by-step supports guide will lead you to the answer.

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Blender – How to Move the Camera

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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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.