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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Best CAD Software for Professionals of 2018

Looking for the best CAD software? Check out our 2018 buyer's guide to the best professional CAD software tools on the market right now.

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3D Print Zits – Tips & Tricks to Avoid Blobs

Everyone sees it, but no one likes to talk about it -- the rash on their 3D print, also known as zits or blobs. Here you'll find all the facts: What they are, how to prevent them, and how to get rid of them!

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The Best Printing Temperature for Different Filaments

Now more than ever there are countless types of filaments you can print with, and each requires a unique printing temperature and environment. Here's a short guide on how to print with five of the most popular filaments of 2018.

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Concrete 3D Printing – How it Works & The Applications

Concrete 3D printing is the shiny new tool in the toolbox of architects and construction companies. It offers a quick and cost-efficient way of building homes. Here's an introduction explaining how concrete 3D printing works, different concrete 3D printing applications, and what the benefits and limitations are.

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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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3D Printer Stepper Motor – All You Need To Know

Without stepper motors, 3D printers as we know them would not exist. This guide explores how to find the best stepper motors to build a printer from scratch or upgrade an existing one.

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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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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.

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G-Code Generator – All You Need to Know

G-code generators create the detailed machine instructions necessary to create a part, either in 3D printing or CNC machining. Learn more about what a G-code generator is and how it works.

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Wax 3D Printing – How To 3D Print Wax

Everything you need to know about wax 3D printing, including how to 3d print with wax, the applications and wax 3D printing services.

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Calibration Cube – What’s the Best 3D Printer Calibration Cube?

To get the most out of your 3D printer it needs be calibrated. Check out the best 3D printer calibration cube models and learn how to use them.

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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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Layer Shifting (3D Printing) – 3 Tips & Tricks to Solve It

Layer shifting isn't the most commonly discussed mode of print failure, but it certainly is among the most frustrating. Here's how you can cure your layer shifting ailments.

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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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3D Body Scanner Guide – All You Need to Know

3D body scanners are revolutionizing industries that thrive on customization. Their process picks up thousands of data points for a holistic picture of their scanned objects.