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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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3D Printed Food: A Culinary Guide to 3D Printing Food

Creating food is the most delicious application of 3D printing. Read our guide to learn more about 3D printed food and 3D food printers.

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Fusion 360 Free Download – Is There a Free Version?

Fusion 360 by AutoDesk is available as a free download. But is it really free? The short answer is: Yes. The long answer: it’s a limited free trial (but with possible extensions to the 'trial' period). Keep reading for more details!

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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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How Much Do 3D Printer Materials Cost in 2018?

Since every 3D printing technology makes use of a different material, there are many categories and price ranges for 3D printing materials. In this article, we provide an overview of 3D printing materials along with their price ranges.

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CoreXY 3D Printer – Is It Worth Buying?

CoreXY 3D printers offer a number of advantages over other styles of FDM 3D printers, but they are also more of a hassle to get running, and oftentimes more expensive. The question is, is a CoreXY 3D printer worth the trouble and expense? Let's take a closer look at this unique 3D printer style.

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4 Best 3D Printer Cameras to Monitor Your 3D Prints

If you can't be next to your 3D printer during the entirety of a print, you'll want to monitor it with a camera. Here are some great options for a 3D printer camera that'll let you watch your prints while you're away.

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2018 3D Printing Materials Guide – All You Need to Know

Check out our 2018 3D printing materials guide to learn about all materials used for home and industrial 3D printing today.

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Thingiverse Models – How to 3D Print Them

Thingiverse is, hands down, one of the most popular sites for sharing and downloading files for 3D printing. Here's a rundown of how to get printing with Thingiverse.

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4D Printing – All You Need to Know in 2018

What is 4D printing? How does a 4D printer work? Read our essential guide to learn more about this amazing technology.

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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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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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What is a DLP 3D Printer? – Simply Explained

Apart from material extrusion 3D printers, there are also 3D printers based on Vat polymerization technologies such as SLA and DLP. In this article, we'll take a closer look at DLP 3D printers and discuss their benefits and limitations in comparison to SLA machines.

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5 Must-Have Prusa i3 MK3 Upgrades

There's always better, even for the best. Take your printing to the next level with these Prusa i3 MK3 upgrades.

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3D Printer Price – How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost in 2018

With 3D printers popping up everywhere, it's hard not to want one... The question is, how much does one actually cost? In this article, we take a look at the different price ranges for 3D printers.