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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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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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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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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Large-Scale / Large-Format 3D Printing – Quick Starter Guide

Learn the basics of large-scale 3D printing, a great way for you to grow your small business without bankrupting yourself with startup costs.

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SVG to STL – How to Convert SVGs into 3D Printable STLs

Add some weight to your SVG files by making 3D printable STLs. Follow this simple tutorial to add a 3rd dimension to your art by converting SVG to STL.

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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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SketchUp Free vs Pro – The Most Important Differences

SketchUp is a very powerful 3D modeling software, especially loved by interior designers and architects. If in doubt whether or not to pay for the Pro, keep reading!

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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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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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Best Industrial 3D Printers of 2018 – The Most Advanced

Curious about the latest advancements in commercial 3D printing? Check out the most advanced industrial 3D printers of 2018.

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Wood 3D Printer – All About Wood 3D Printing in 2019

Is there really a wood 3D printer? Check out our in-depth guide to learn all you need to know about wood 3D printing today.

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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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What is CNC Milling? – Simply Explained

How much do you know about 3D printing's subtractive rival, CNC milling? We take a deeper look into the technology, including what it is and what types of machines and tools exist.

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Silicone 3D Printer – All You Need to Know in 2019

3D printing continues to make breakthroughs by adding new materials into the game. Learn how silicone has become part of the 3D printing family in the following article.

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PEI Sheet for Your 3D Printer – How to Use It as a Print Surface

Fed up with icky glue sticks and blue tape? Why not try a PEI sheet to get your models to stick? Learn how to apply a PEI sheet to your print surface to obtain the optimal results.