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Chocolate 3D Printer – All You Need to Know

Ever wondered whether it was possible to 3D print chocolate? Spoiler alert: It is! If you want to make some of these delightful delicacies yourself, or if you want to know more about a chocolate 3D printer works, read on.

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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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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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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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Color 3D Printing – How To Get Colorful 3D Prints

For many, multi-colored 3D prints have become the holy grail of 3D printing. Creating 3D prints was once the purview of high-end color 3D printer models, whose cost was out of reach for the average consumer. Now, various options are available to create colorful 3D prints. These options are best broken down into two categories. The first is direct color 3D printing, where the color is derived from the filaments used in an FDM printer. The second category is indirect color printing, where color is applied from an external source to the filament during the printing process.

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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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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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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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Direct vs Bowden Extruder – 3D Printing Technology Shootout

We've all heard of printers with direct and bowden extruder setups. But what's the difference, and which is better? We explore the differences, looking at the pros and cons of both direct and bowden extruders.

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Fusion 360 – 3D Printing Tutorial for Beginners

Fusion 360 is one of the best CAD tools on the market for 3D printing. Many are often intimidated by its learning curve -- but never fear! This tutorial will take you through the very basics, step by step.

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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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The 3D Printer Filament Recycler’s Guide

Planet Earth is choking on plastic waste, creating a real need for the 3D printing community to adopt sustainable methods. We tell you how this can be achieved, especially through the use of a 3D printer filament recycler.

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ABS Filament for 3D Printing – All You Need to Know

ABS 3D printer filament is the most used home 3D printer filament after PLA. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of ABS filament? Let’s take a look.

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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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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.