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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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Best CAD Software for Professionals of 2018

Looking for the best CAD software? Check out our 2018 buyer's guide to the best professional CAD software tools on the market right now.

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PETG vs ABS – 3D Printing Filaments Compared

For a long time, ABS was unchallenged when it came to high-strength and durable 3D prints—until PETG arrived. So, how do these materials stack up?

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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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3D Printer Glass Bed – What to Consider & Which to Buy

The ideal build plate for the job typically depends on the materials you are printing. However, if you're in search of a perfect first layer and effortless print removal, a glass print plate is exactly what you need. Read on as we look at the benefits of a 3D printer glass bed and what to look for when shopping for your own.

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3D Printer Prices – How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost in 2019?

How much does a 3D printer cost today? That's a good question! Check out our overview to learn about the different price ranges for 3D printers in 2019.

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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.

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3D Printing Overhang Guide – Learn How to 3D Print Overhangs

Your 3D print is not immune to the law of gravity and requires support structures for overhangs beyond 45°. Learn how to master 3D printing overhangs.

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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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3D Printer Calibration Cube – What’s the Best & How to Use It

3D printers should be calibrated for maximum accuracy and precision. Check out the best calibration cubes and learn how to use them to get the most out of your 3D printer.

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Extrusion Multiplier (Cura) – 5 Ways to Improve Your Prints

Let's take a look at the extrusion multiplier in Cura, called flow rate. What is it? And how can you adjust it to fix certain print issues? All aboard the train to better prints!

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What is a DLP 3D Printer? – Simply Explained

Apart from material extrusion 3D printers, there are also 3D printers based on Vat polymerization technologies such as SLA and DLP. In this article, we'll take a closer look at DLP 3D printers and discuss their benefits and limitations in comparison to SLA machines.

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Elephant’s Foot (3D Printing Problem) – Easy Fixes

Countless problems emerge while 3D printing. Elephant's foot may not be as well known as others, but it can be a huge issue for functional or multi-part prints. Let's look at what causes it and how to fix it.

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3D Printer for Jewelry – How They Work & Which to Choose

In the past few years, the jewelry industry has been transformed with the introduction of 3D printers, which are capable of producing easily-castable, high detail parts. Let's take a look at some of the most popular 3D printers for jewelry.

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Autodesk Inventor Tutorial: 3 Easy Steps for Beginners

In this Autodesk Inventor tutorial, you’ll learn the basic knowledge on how to create, modify and edit 3D models.

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Auto-Leveling 3D Printer – Do I Really Need It in 2019?

A leveled bed is a prerequisite for an accurate print, but does it make an auto-leveling 3D printer necessary? Learn about the pros and cons of auto bed leveling.