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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G-Code to STL – How to Convert G-Code Back to STL

Converting an STL to G-code can be done easily, but converting from G-code to STL can be quite a challenge. Learn how to turn your print-ready file back into a 3D model!

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AutoCAD on Linux & Ubuntu – How to Run It

A frustration for Linux users is when software titles are only available for Windows or Macintosh. Autodesks' AutoCAD software is one. Can you run AutoCAD on your Linux system? Let's find out.

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Tinkercad Tutorial – 5 Easy Steps for Beginners

In this Tinkercad tutorial for beginners, we will show you in just five easy steps how to create 3D models in Tinkercad. You can do it!

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3D Print Ringing / Ghosting – 3 Easy Fixes

Ghosting? Ringing? Horrifying surface finish? Check out this quick guide to find out what causes 3D print ringing, along with 3 easy fixes.

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Carbon Fiber Filament – All You Need to Know

In this Carbon Fiber Filament Guide, you will learn about the different types, use cases, and compare some brands of carbon fiber filament.

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3D Printer Blueprints – 3 Best DIY 3D Printer Plans

Looking for 3D printer blueprints to build a RepRap 3D printer from scratch (not from a kit)? Check out the 3 best DIY 3D printer plans to start with.

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Ender 3 Bed Size – What Is It Really?

Like other low-price printers, Creality's Ender 3 makes compromises to print volume. Interested to know the real Ender 3 bed size? Read on to find out more!

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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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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 Printing Overhang Guide – 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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ABS Print & Bed Temperature – All You Need to Know

If you're looking for a tough rigid material that can withstand heat and take a good beating without giving in, then ABS plastic might just be what you're looking for!

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4 Best 3D Printer Extruder Hotends of 2018

When shopping for the best hotend for your 3D printer, there are some things that you should consider. Here are the best 3D printer extruder hotends on the market.

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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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Blender: How to Select All Objects – Simply Explained

Scenes can get messy in Blender, and sometimes you need to transform a bunch of objects together. Learn how to group, hide, and select all objects.

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2018 Ceramic 3D Printer Guide – All About Ceramic 3D Printing

3D printed ceramics are practical and decorative. Read our guide to learn more about ceramic 3D printing or even build your own ceramic 3D printer.