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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Recycling 3D Printer Plastic – Tips for Your Waste Plastic

Most 3D printing enthusiasts find themselves with a mountain of waste piling up after a few weeks of printing. But what can you do about it? In this article, we'll discuss the recyclability of common 3D printer plastics and how to cut down on plastic waste.

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How to Test and Improve Your 3D Printer’s Tolerances

Whether it's CNC milling, bagging chips, or 3D printing, the machines involved have slight inconsistencies, producing parts of differing tolerances. Here, we'll dive into what tolerances are, and why they're important for 3D printing.

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High Resolution 3D Printer – What Does It Mean

The resolution is an indication of printing quality and must be understood from all the three dimensions. Here, we dig deeper into what resolution means on both the vertical and horizontal planes, helping you understand what exactly resolution means in desktop 3D printing

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Carbon Fiber Filament – Explained and Compared

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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Wax 3D Printing – How To 3D Print Wax

In the following article we'll tell you everything you need to know about wax 3D printing – including how wax 3D printing works and when it should be used. We'll also share some of the premier 3D printing services that offer wax 3D printing.

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Teacher’s Guide to 3D Printing Classes and Curriculum

Looking for free resources for 3D printing classes? Read our guide to get 3D printing curricula, videos and materials for your classes. 

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3D Printer Calibration Cube – Best Models & How to Use Them

Machines don't come perfect off the production line. Just like computer monitors and factory machinery, 3D printers should be calibrated for maximum accuracy and precision. Here's how to use calibration cubes to get the most out of your 3D printer.

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3D Slash Tutorial for Beginners: How to Use 3D Slash

In this 3D Slash tutorial for beginners, you learn how to use 3D Slash by making Star Wars items. This tutorial will help you become a 3D Slash Jedi. Make your own lightsaber!

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3D Printing Brim – When Should You Use It

Looking for something to help with warping and layer adhesion but don't want to commit to a raft? Brims are a great alternative, providing many of the same benefits without using as much material. And they're so much easier to remove!

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Turn Your Prusa i3 MK3 into a Laser Engraver

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3D Printing vs CNC: Explained and Compared

3D printing vs CNC milling: All3DP compares these competing manufacturing technologies and explains which one to use for which purpose.

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10 Best 3D Printing Tutorials On The Web

If you’re new to 3D printing, things can be a bit overwhelming. But where do you start to educate yourself? Here are the ten best 3D printing tutorials we could find.

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3D Printer for Miniatures – What to Consider & Which to Choose

Do you like making miniature models? Do you play tabletop games and want to expand your miniature world? 3D printing could be the solution for you! Keep reading to discover how to pick the printer or service that is ideal for you and your miniatures!

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3D Printing Raft – When Should You Use It

If you're having problems with warping or bed adhesion, it's worth considering a 3D printing raft. In this article, we look at what a raft is as well as when and how to use one.

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PLA vs PLA+ – 3D Printer Filament Compared

PLA and PLA+ have a number of similarities that make it hard to differentiate one from the other. In this article, we try to clear the air around the PLA vs PLA+ mystery by comparing them.