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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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DIY 3D Printer Enclosure – 5 Cheap & Easy Solutions

A 3D printer enclosure is, to put it simply, a box. But if you want to build one yourself inexpensively, there are some factors to consider. Check out these five affordable DIY solutions.

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6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools in 2019 (3 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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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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3D Printing vs Injection Molding – Know the Differences

3D printing and injection molding may be vastly different processes, but both hold valuable places in manufacturing. Learn more in this handy guide!

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2019 FreeCAD Tutorial for 3D Printing – 5 Easy Lessons

Check out our FreeCAD tutorial for 3D printing to learn easily how to design, create and 3D print your first 3D model. No CAD or 3D printing experience required.

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14 Best Sites for 3D Artist Freelancers in 2019

Whether you’re full-time 3D artist freelancer, looking for a digital side-hustle, or trying to sell your 3D models online, check out the best sites for working as a 3D designer/3D modeler.

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PETG vs PLA – Filaments for 3D Printing Compared

Does your next project call for the durable PETG used in plastic bottles? Or perhaps you want to go for PLA, the environmentally friendly bioplastic used in surgical implants? Continue reading for an in-depth comparison of the two!

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5 Must-Have Cura Plugins to Pimp Your Printing

Some things just make other things better. Plugins for Ultimaker's Cura are good examples. Check out our top 5 picks.

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Cura Support Settings – How to Optimize Your Supports

Let's explore the main Cura support settings and how you can tweak them to obtain optimal support structures! This article should give you a jump start to forming the perfect Cura profile for your printer.

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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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PLA vs PLA+ (PLA Plus) – Filaments for 3D Printing Compared

PLA and PLA+ have a number of similarities that make it hard to differentiate one from the other. In this article, we try to clear the air around the PLA vs PLA+ mystery by comparing them.

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How to Set Up OctoPrint for Your Ender 3

OctoPrint is a great way to remotely control any 3D printer. In this article, we show you how to set up Octoprint with the cheap and cheerful Creality Ender 3 3D printer using the latest Raspberry Pi Zero.

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Ender 3 Nozzle Size – Which Sizes Are Supported?

Enjoying the quality prints on your Creality Ender 3 but looking for a little more? Perhaps you should consider swapping the nozzle. Find out more about the different Ender 3 nozzle sizes and material options!

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PETG Stringing (3D Printing) – 3 Easy Ways to Prevent It

PETG is a great material to 3D print with, even if it is a little stringy... Here are three easy ways to fix PETG stringing!