3D Printing Tutorials, Guides, How-tos

Helpful tutorials, guides, how-tos, and FAQs for 3D printing, CAD and more.

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8 Best 3D Printer Controllers and Components on Amazon

Building your own 3D printer? Choose your 3D printer controller wisely using this list of 3D printer controllers you can buy on Amazon.

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Build a Cheap DIY 3D Printer Kit for $99: The iMakr STARTT

A DIY 3D printer kit for beginners, the STARTT stands apart for good reason: it costs just $99. Learn how to build your own with our guide.

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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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Laser Cutting Wood – How to Get Started

Laser cutters are powerful tools, perfect for big projects that require high strength and high precision. In this article, we discuss the basics of laser cutting wood projects, including material considerations, basic design and where to get your projects cut!

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Teacher’s Guide to 3D Printing Classes and Curriculum

Looking for free resources for 3D printing classes? Read our guide to get 3D printing curricula, videos and materials for your classes. 

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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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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.

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Tinkercad Tutorial – 5 Easy Steps for Beginners

In this Tinkercad tutorial for beginners, we will show you in just five easy steps how to create 3D models in Tinkercad. You can do it!

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3D Slash Tutorial for Beginners: How to Use 3D Slash

In this 3D Slash tutorial for beginners, you learn how to use 3D Slash by making Star Wars items. This tutorial will help you become a 3D Slash Jedi. Make your own lightsaber!

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TPU Filament – Explained and Compared

Flexible filaments like TPU are becoming popular to test 3D printer capabilities and, of course, print objects that can stretch, bend, and curl. The question is, what is this TPU we keep hearing about, and which brands offer the best varieties? Keep reading to find out!

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Sell Your 3D Printed Items On Etsy, Amazon and eBay

Want to make some extra money with 3D printed items? How about selling on Amazon, eBay or Etsy? Here’s how you do it.

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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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How To Make A 3D Printed Architecture Model

3D printing architecture models offer a lot of advantages - but you do have to consider some things first. Here‘s what you need to know.

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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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3D Printer Firmware – Which to Choose and How to Change It?

A central component to any 3D printer setup is its controller board and firmware. Changing your firmware can sometimes be a tricky process, but it can make massive improvements to the performance of your printer if done correctly. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of changing up your 3D printer firmware, give you tips on how to change it, then go over the most common firmware choices available right now.