3D Printing Tutorials, Guides, How-tos

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

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Rapid Prototyping
Blow Molding Technology Guide

What is blow molding? Read this guide to understand all about the technology, how it differs from injection molding and the companies that offer blow molding services.

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Bargain Hunt
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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The Right Choice for Filament
3D Printing Filament Buyers Guide

To find the best 3d printing filament for your needs, there are many things you should consider. Here are the most important questions answered.

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Getting the Best Results
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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Great Tools for Gardening
3D Printed Garden Tools: 21 Great Green Hacks

If you have a green thumb and your own 3D printer, you can find plenty of tips and tricks to help make your garden a little paradise.

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Too Free to Be True
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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The Future is Bright
Color 3D Printer – 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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Post-Processing Techniques
Hydro Dipping and Other Tricks to Post-Process 3D Prints

Learn how to use water marbling, polishing, and other post-processing techniques to make your 3d print models look even better.

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Case Study
FreeCAD: How to Build a Case for Your BBC micro:bit

This is a step-by-step tutorial on designing a case for your BBC micro:bit computer using the popular FreeCAD software. Newbies welcome!

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No Questions Asked!
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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Marks That Last a Lifetime
Laser Marking – Basic Facts & Online Services

Ever wonder how the London cube crystals are made? How the embossed initials on your leather wallet are engraved? In this article, we look at laser marking, a technology that has broad uses in both industrial and hobbyist applications.

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From Counting Cents to Buying Big
How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost

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.

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OBJ File Format – Simply Explained for CAD and 3D Printing

OBJ file format and 3D printing go hand in hand. Find out all you need to know about OBJ file format for CAD and 3D printing in this guide.

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Just the Facts
3D Hubs: Company Profile in 11 Facts

Looking for information on 3D Hubs? We‘ve accumulated the most important facts on the worldwide 3D printing cluster in this company profile.

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9 Important 3D Printing Concepts Everyone Should Know

When learning about additive manufacturing, 3D printing concepts can be easily explained though 3D printed models. Try it for yourself.