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How to Build a 3D Printer from Scratch
3D Printer Blueprints – 3 Best DIY 3D Printer Plans

Looking for 3D printer blueprints to build a RepRap 3D printer from scratch (not from a kit)? Check out the 3 best DIY 3D printer plans to start with.

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3D Printer Buyer's Guide
Beginner’s Guide on How to Buy a 3D Printer

So you want to buy a 3D printer? Read this guide before you go shopping to get the best printer for your needs and your budget.

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Ceramic 3D Printers
2018 Ceramic 3D Printer Guide – All About Ceramic 3D Printing

3D printed ceramics are practical and decorative. Read our guide to learn more about ceramic 3D printing or even build your own ceramic 3D printer.

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Bumps, Oozes, and Ringing Begone!
3D Print Quality – 12 Tips on How to Improve it

A great 3D print rewards makers and users for their investments in time and money. Make your prints look better by paying attention to details. Here's some tips to help!

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Model Like a... Maker?
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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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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A Whole New Perspective
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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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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Format Facts
4 Most Common 3D Printer File Formats of 2018

What is the best 3D printer file format? Which format should you use? We explain and compare the four most common 3D printing file formats: STL, OBJ, AMF, and 3MF.

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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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The Cream of the Crop!
Best CAD Software for Professionals of 2018

Looking for the best CAD software? Check out our 2018 buyer's guide to the best professional CAD software tools on the market right now.

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No Strings Attached
PETG Stringing – 3 Easy Ways to Prevent It

PETG is a great material to print with. It's more durable, more flexible, and easier to print than many other materials. However, while it may not warp or shrink like ABS, it is notorious for stringing. Here are 3 easy ways to fix PETG stringing.

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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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Extruder Calibration – 6 Easy Steps

Having troubles with over and under extrusion? Or perhaps your prints just aren't turning out as they should? You probably need to calibrate your extruder! Keep reading to find out how.

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3D Printing 101
The Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing – 101 Questions Answered

Interested in 3D printing? Read the most comprehensive guide to 3D printing answering 101 essential questions about 3D printing.