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How To Make Money With 3D Printed Products

3D printing means turning files into physical objects. Here’s some practical advice how and where to sell your creations.

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Stainless Steel 3D Printer – How to 3D Print Stainless Steel

Looking to 3D print your parts in stainless steel? We expound the possibilities: outsourcing, buying your own stainless steel 3D printer or using metal-filled PLA like SteelFill

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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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Rapid Prototyping: Quick Starter Guide to 3D Printing Prototyping

Want to do rapid prototyping with 3D printing? Here is all you need to know to get started with 3D printing prototyping.

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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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3D Printing Filament Buyers Guide

To find the best 3d printing filament for your needs, there are many things you should consider. Here are the most important questions answered.

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3D Printing Prototypes – A Hands-On Introduction

There's no denying that 3D printers are built for rapid prototyping. Thingiverse binges are nice, but they are by no means the only reason so many companies are making these innovative prototyping machines. Here's a guide on how to use your 3D printer to create, produce, and test your very own prototypes.

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14 Kickstarter 3D Printer Projects Live Right Now

Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Which Kickstarter 3D printer is worthy of your support?

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What is a Delta 3D Printer? – Simply Explained

You may have heard of delta 3D printers, but what are they really? How do they work? Should you get one? Here are the answers, simply explained.

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SketchUp Alternative – Best Alternatives

Looking for an alternative to SketchUp? Although SketchUp is one of the most widely used CAD programs for beginners, plenty of great alternatives exist that may be even better-suited for your 3D modeling needs. And so, we've gathered the best of the rest and explained why you should try them out.

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3D Printer Under $100 – Does it make sense to buy one?

If you are looking to buy a 3D printer under $100 you may ask yourself if it makes sense to buy one... but we are here to help. In this article, you'll find short descriptions of three popular sub $100 3D printers and finally, the pros and cons to the question.

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3D Printed Garden Tools: 21 Great Green Hacks

If you have a green thumb and your own 3D printer, you can find plenty of tips and tricks to help make your garden a little paradise.

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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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Titanium 3D Printing – How to Get Titanium Parts 3D Printed

Need titanium for that project you are secretly developing in your garage, the one that'll disrupt the aerospace industry? Or perhaps you need a titanium replacement hip or knee and want to take matters into your own hands? In any case, you'll need to know who the Titans of titanium 3D printing are!

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First Steps With Your New 3D Printer

Got a new 3D printer? This article guides you through the first steps and provides you with a lot of ideas and free 3D models you can print.