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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.

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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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Blender – How to Merge Objects – Simply Explained

Sometimes in Blender, an object you're modeling is too complicated to model in a single object, so it's easier to make two (or more) objects and then merge them together later. However, it's only easier if you know how! Here's how to merge together objects in three different ways.

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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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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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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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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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3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara

Cartesian vs Delta vs Polar vs Scara: FDM 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes. Learn to tell the differences and advantages.

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Download Maya For Free And Other Free Alternatives

Maya ranks among the most popular 3D modeling software solutions for visual effects. Here is how you can download Maya for free. In addition, you could also try free 3d modeling software alternatives.

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Color 3D Printing – How To Get Colorful 3D Prints

For many, multi-colored 3D prints have become the holy grail of 3D printing. Creating 3D prints was once the purview of high-end color 3D printer models, whose cost was out of reach for the average consumer. Now, various options are available to create colorful 3D prints. These options are best broken down into two categories. The first is direct color 3D printing, where the color is derived from the filaments used in an FDM printer. The second category is indirect color printing, where color is applied from an external source to the filament during the printing process.

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3D Printer Nozzle Cleaning – The Easiest Way to Do It

The nozzle is the last thing that comes in contact with your 3D printed part. With such an important role, it's important to keep it maintained, ensuring the quality of your 3D prints. Here we show you a few methods to do just that.

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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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Octoprint on Anet A8 – How To Set Up Octoprint

Octoprint is a great resource for remotely controlling and monitoring any 3D printer. In this article, we are going to show you how to set up use Octoprint with the budget-friendly ANET A8 3D printer using a Raspberry Pi 3.

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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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How To 3D Print Text Using SketchUp

Learn how to create text in SketchUp that you can print on a 3D printer - e.g. a signature or company name.