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5 Best CO2 Laser Engraver Machines in 2019

Much can be made with a laser engraver, from decorations to advertisements to toys to gifts. Check out the best CO2 laser engravers on the market right now.

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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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Filament Dryer – All You Need to Know

If you're running FDM 3D printers, you'll likely need to dry out your filament from time to time. Here, we've broken down what filament dryers are and the purchase options available.

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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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Aluminum 3D Printer – How to Get Aluminum Parts 3D Printed

If you're interested in printing in aluminum, you can either use a 3D printing service or, if you have the cash, buy an aluminum 3D printer. Read on to find out more!

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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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The Most Popular 3D Printing Sites

The world of 3D printing is a big and confusing place. Handily there are legions of 3D printing sites out there that help make sense of it all. In this article, we describe some of the best sites for model downloads, news and printing services to help you to wrap your head around the always growing 3D printing industry.

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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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10 Free & Easy 3D Modeling Software Tools for Beginners

To achieve good results using 3D modeling software, it takes a lot of practice and skills. We've created a list of easy software that will help you start modeling in no time.

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Bridging (3D Printing) – 6 Tips & Tricks for Perfect Bridges

Whether you have a little or a lot of experience with 3D printing, you have probably experienced the frustration of messy bridges. Hopefully this article will help you print clean bridges with a couple easy tips and tricks!

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ASA Filament – Explained and Compared

Looking to try your hand at a new, application-specific 3D printing material? In this guide, we take a look at the benefits, uses, and brands of ASA filament.

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Setup Guide to OctoPrint on the Raspberry Pi 2

Did you know you can manage your 3D printer over LAN? It's easy to with OctoPrint and a Raspberry Pi 2. Learn how to set up Octoprint.

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Under-Extrusion (3D Printing) – All You Need to Know

If you're at all familiar with 3D printing, you're most likely, though definitely unwillingly, familiar with under extrusion. It is the bane of makers. With these three easy fixes, however, you can be the bane of it.

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3D Printer Power Supply – How to Choose the Right One

Want to upgrade your 3D printer? Maybe you're building one from scratch and need a good power supply? Before you go and buy just any old PSU, read this article to learn why specs are important, how to pick the right PSU, and what to do when it arrives!

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Stereolithography (SLA) – 3D Printing Simply Explained

What is stereolithography? How does it work? Where does the name come from? We cover all the bases of this impressive and prominent technology, including pros and cons, comparisons, and more!