Tutorials & Guides

Want to learn something new? Check out our helpful tutorials, guides, how-tos, and FAQs for 3D printing, CAD and more.

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A Flat Bottom is a Happy Bottom
3D Print Warping – 10 Easy Fixes for PLA, PETG & ABS

If PLA, ABS, or PETG prints cool unevenly, they can lose their grip on the build plate and curl, creating a warped bottom layer. Here are 10 easy ways to fix 3D print warping.

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3D Printing Tutorial
MeshMixer Tutorial for 3D Printing Beginners

This MeshMixer tutorial for beginners will show you how to use Autodesk Meshmixer and how to make your model ready to 3D print.

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3D Prints Are Like Onions
3D Printing Layer Height – How Much Does It Matter?

Layer height is among the most trivial of 3D printer settings, and yet it often plays a huge role in the entire 3D printing process. This little factor has a lot to do not only with print speed, but also detail. Why? Keep reading to find out!

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Icing the Cake
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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Extruding Knowledge
3D Printer Extruder Guide – All You Need to Know in 2019

Check out our 3D printer extruder guide to learn the basics of direct drive and Bowden extruders, hot and cold ends, nozzle sizes, and materials.

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Cura Your Stringing Ailments
Cura Retraction Settings – How to Avoid Stringing

Retraction is an easy and powerful way to reduce stringing and oozing in your 3D prints. Find out how to tune the Cura retraction settings for clean, string-free models.

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Back to Basics
Blender: How to Reduce Polygons – Simply Explained

When modeling in Blender, models can sometimes have too many polygons, gobbling computer memory and adding an undesirable level of complexity. In this article, we show you how to reduce polygons in Blender.

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All Bundled Up
Creality Ender 3 Enclosure – 5 Easy Ways to Build or Buy One

Improve the quality of your 3D prints with an Ender 3 enclosure. Whether it's building or buying, we've provided you with the easiest options.

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The Software Showdown
Fusion 360 vs Inventor – CAD Software Compared

Fusion 360 vs Inventor: What are they, how do they compare, and which one should you use? Find out what makes these CAD platforms from Autodesk unique.

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Sustainability Is Key
The 3D Printer Filament Recycler’s Guide

Planet Earth is choking on plastic waste, creating a real need for the 3D printing community to adopt sustainable methods. We tell you how this can be achieved, especially through the use of a 3D printer filament recycler.

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Support Is All You Need
3D Printing Supports – 3 Easy Steps to Success

3D printing supports is often essential when printing a difficult model. But what's the right type of support? Which settings work best? This step-by-step supports guide will lead you to the answer.

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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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No Strings Attached
3D Print Stringing – 5 Easy Ways to Prevent It

Stringing is a common 3D printing problem that can be prevented in a couple of ways. In this article, we explore those prevention methods in detail to rid your 3D printer stringing woes.

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Format Facts
4 Most Common 3D Printer File Formats in 2019

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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Feeling Flexible?
TPU Filament – Simply Explained & Brands Compared

Flexible filaments like TPU are becoming popular. The question is, what is this TPU, and which brands offer the best varieties? Keep reading to find out!