3D Printing Tutorials, Guides, How-tos

Helpful tutorials, guides, how-tos, and FAQs for 3D printing, CAD and more.

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Stone Cold Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel 3D Printer – How to 3D Print Stainless Steel

Looking to 3D print your parts in stainless steel? We expound the possibilities: outsourcing, buying your own stainless steel 3D printer or using metal-filled PLA like SteelFill

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How to Calibrate a 3D Printer – Simply Explained

It's important to calibrate your 3D printer if you want to get your prints as close to perfect as possible. In this guide, we talk about some ways to manually calibrate your printer and how to fine-tune your slicer settings for different filaments.

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The Software Showdown
Fusion 360 vs Inventor – CAD Software Compared Side by Side

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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Used 3D Printer for Sale (A Buyer’s Guide)

Spotted a used 3D printer for sale? Read our guide to the benefits and potential pitfalls of buying a second-hand 3D printer.

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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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25 Best YouTube Channels About 3D Printing

Want to see some smart folks doing clever things with 3D printing? Here's a list of the best YouTube channels about 3D printing.

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Best-Selling 3D Printer Extruders and Extruder Parts at Amazon

Looking for a 3D printer extruder? Find the best-selling 3D printer extruders and extruder parts at Amazon in our list.

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Is PLA Biodegradable? – What You Really Need to Know

PLA is one of the most popular filaments in 3D printing. One of its main selling points is that it's biodegradable, but is that really the case? Is PLA biodegradable? Keep reading to find out the truth!

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The Best PLA Print Temperature & How To Achieve It

Temperature is crucial for a good print. Too hot, and your print could turn out to be a squishy mess. Too cold, and it might lead to an hour of cleanup. This guide will help you to achieve the best PLA print temperature.

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Simply Explained
What is 3D Printing? – Simply Explained

3D printing explained: What is 3D printing? What’s 3D printing good for? How does 3D printing work? We simply explain this exciting technology in depth.

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Redditor 3D Prints WiFi Password as a QR Code Coaster

Ever wish there was an easy way to share your WiFi password with your friends? Here's the answer: A 3D printed QR code coaster!

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There’s an App for That!
The 5 Best 3D Design Apps Right Now

3D modeling has come a long way. Gone are the days of complicated desktop software suites, giving way to the modern day 3D design app. Beginners and professionals alike can enjoy these fun and capable tools.

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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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Precise Parametric Modelling
OpenSCAD Tutorial for Beginners (5 Easy Steps)

OpenSCAD is a powerful, free and open source modelling tool that lets you make precise 3D models with just a few lines of code. With the right setup, you can even make adaptable, "parametric" models. In this OpenSCAD tutorial, we'll get acquainted with the software, review a simple example and then discuss how to make parametric designs.

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How to Make DIY 3D Printed Parts for Just About Anything

Got broken things that need a little TLC? What if a fix was as simple as whipping up your own 3D printed parts? Read on to see how.