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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Aluminum 3D Printer – How to Get Aluminum Parts 3D Printed

If you're interested in printing in aluminum, you can either use a 3D printing service or, if you have the cash, buy an aluminum 3D printer. Read on to find out more!

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Fragile: Keep Dry
How to Dry Filament: PLA, ABS and Nylon

Moisture from the air can easily ruin your 3D printer filament, meaning it can also ruin your prints! Here's how to save a wet spool.

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20 Best-Selling 3D Printer Filaments on Amazon

If you're going to buy filament, why not buy the most popular 3D printer filaments at the most popular online retailer?

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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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How To Master 3D Printing Overhangs Exceeding 45°

Your print is not immune to the law of gravity and requires support structures for overhangs beyond 45°. In this article, we tell you how to become a master of such overhangs.

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Concrete 3D Printing – How it Works & The Applications

Concrete 3D printing is the shiny new tool in the toolbox of architects and construction companies. It offers a quick and cost-efficient way of building homes. Here's an introduction explaining how concrete 3D printing works, different concrete 3D printing applications, and what the benefits and limitations are.

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Laser Cutting Wood – How to Laser Cut Wood

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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Auto-Leveling 3D Printer – Do I Really Need It?

A leveled “bed” is a prerequisite for an accurate print, but it doesn’t make an auto-leveling 3D printer a need. Tinkerers who want to level their printing platform can either do it manually or opt for auto-calibration.

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How to 3D Print Letters or Text using FreeCAD

Have you ever wanted to see your name printed in 3D? Learn how to 3D print letters or text using FreeCAD.

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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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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.

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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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What Resolution Can 3D Printers Print?

When we talk about 3D printer resolution, we have to take all 3 dimensions into consideration: resolution along the X and Y axis, and resolution along the Z axis.

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Should I Buy a Prusa i3 Clone or the Original?

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3D Printer Axis – All You Need To Know

A 3D object needs three axes to be represented within the 3D printing space and to be printed. Here, we explain the 3D printer axis system, how it works, and what aids its movement.