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3D Printing 101
The Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing – 101 Questions Answered

Interested in 3D printing? Read the most comprehensive guide to 3D printing answering 101 essential questions about 3D printing.

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Electron Beam Melting (EBM) – 3D Printing Simply Explained

Electron beam melting is a 3D printing technology that uses an electron beam to fuse metal powder together to build parts. We'll explain how this technology works, point out its pros and cons, and showcase where it's utilized.

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3D Printer Buyer's Guide
How to Buy a 3D Printer in 2019 – 3D Printer Buying Guide

So you want to buy a 3D printer? Check out our 3D printer buying guide before you go shopping to find out what's the best 3D printer for your needs and your budget.

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3D Printer Retraction Speed – What Does It Mean?

Retraction is a great way to reduce strings or blobs on the outside of your prints. In this article, we explore what retraction is, why retraction is employed, and how retraction settings are tweaked to produce the perfect print.

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3D Printed Gears – Get the Gear That Fits Your Needs

Gears are a great thing to 3D print! Gear designs are surprisingly complicated, but with the right tools, models, and materials, you'll soon be on your way.

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3D Printer Bed Leveling – Easy Step-By-Step Tutorial

Leveling the print bed on an FDM 3D printer is a necessary two-step process if you want the foundation of your 3D print to succeed. This 3D printer bed leveling tutorial takes you through the steps and explains them along the way.

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Slic3r vs Cura – 3D Printer Slicer Software Shootout

Slic3r or Cura? That's the question! We compare the top two open source slicers, focusing on their best features. Find out which is best for you.

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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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6 Best Filament Extruders to Build or Buy

You don't have to trash your old or failed prints. Use them to create new filament! We list six of the best filament extruders that you can build or buy, selected based on their track records of reliability.

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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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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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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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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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5 Most Promising 3D Printed Organs for Transplant

3D bioprinting, the process of using bioink composed of tissue or human cells, has come a long way over the last decade. The goal of developing functioning whole organs, such as kidneys, livers or hearts, is becoming more and more of a reality.

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Direct vs Bowden Extruder – 3D Printing Technology Shootout

We've all heard of printers with direct and bowden extruder setups. But what's the difference, and which is better? We explore the differences, looking at the pros and cons of both direct and bowden extruders.