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How To Make Money With 3D Printing (Part 2)
Sell Your 3D Printed Items On Etsy, Amazon and eBay

Want to make some extra money with 3D printed items? How about selling on Amazon, eBay or Etsy? Here’s how you do it.

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Mechanical Wonders
3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara

Cartesian vs Delta vs Polar vs Scara: FDM 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes. Learn to tell the differences and advantages.

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How to Make DIY 3D Printed Parts for Just About Anything

Got broken things that need a little TLC? What if a fix was as simple as whipping up your own 3D printed parts? Read on to see how.

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Anti-Extrusion Material
How to Choose the Correct CNC Material

CNC is a computer controlled fabrication technique and about 30 years older than 3D printing. Fast, accurate, and versatile, it belongs in the advanced maker's toolkit.

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The Most Common 3D Printed Prosthetics

Thanks to its relatively high accessibility and affordability, 3D printing is slowly changing the face of prosthetics. In this article, we take a look at some of the most common and most promising prosthetics that can be 3D printed.

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Stick to the Sheet
PEI Sheet as a 3D Printer Print Bed Sheet – A Guide

If you have had enough of icky glue sticks and blue tape, why not try a PEI sheet to get your models to stick? In the following article, we'll show you how to apply a PEI sheet to your print bed and obtain the optimal results.

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Carbon to Carbon, Dust to Dust
5 Best CO2 Laser Engraver Machines of 2018

Much can be made with a laser engraver, from decorations to advertisements to toys to gifts! Yet, not all engravers are made equal. Here we specifically focus on CO2 laser engravers, in which category a wide variety of machines are available.

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The More the Merrier
Multi-Material 3D Printing – 2018 Overview

Additive manufacturing using multiple materials is an exciting avenue of research and development in 3D printing technology. Whether you're interested in multi-color or full multi-material printing, here we review the most current and interesting options available.

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Haunted Prints
3D Print Ringing – 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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Better Safe than Sorry
Is PLA Food Safe? – What You Really Need to Know

Is PLA food safe? We delve into the details of what you need to know and provide evidence that tries to answer this question

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Prep Makes Perfect
2018 OctoPrint Guide – How to Set Up Your 3D Printer

OctoPrint is a fantastic web interface for 3D printers. This free, open-source program gives you the power to control, start, and monitor prints all from the browser! Find out more about OctoPrint and how to set it up in this step-by-step guide.

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The Perfect PET
3D Printing with PETG – How to Succeed

Easily printable PETG plastics have quickly come to replace ABS for temperature-resistant, high-strength parts. Here's how to succeed printing with PETG.

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Stepping Back
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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Blinded by the Light
DLP vs SLA – 3D Printing Technologies Shootout

The principles of DLP vs SLA are fundamentally the same. Both use light to induce polymerization of a photo-sensitive resin. But the way they go about applying this principle is what sets them apart. Here we take a deeper look at that divide in an DLP vs SLA shootout.

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Performance is Key
5 Must-Have Alfawise U20 Upgrades & Mods

Despite being a popular printer, the Alfawise U20 has its shortcomings. In this article, we take a look at some of the best upgrades for the Alfawise U20. Don't settle for mediocre!