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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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ABS Print & Bed Temperature – All You Need to Know

If you're looking for a tough rigid material that can withstand heat and take a good beating without giving in, then ABS plastic might just be what you're looking for!

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Bridging the Gap
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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6 Great SketchUp Plugins You Should Know

If you think vanilla SketchUp has a powerful toolset for 3D modeling, you haven't seen anything! Enhance your productivity with these must-have SketchUp plugins!

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Gluing 3D Printed Parts – 8 Best Ways to Bond Your 3D Prints

Whether your design is bigger than your print bed or too complex to print in one piece, chances are you will have to glue 3D printed parts together at some point. Here are some ideas on how to do it.

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Mechanical Wonders
3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara

Cartesian vs Delta vs Polar vs Scara: FDM 3D printers come in many shapes and sizes. Learn to tell the differences and advantages.

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3D Face Model – How to Make a 3D Model of Your Face

Immortalize your face! In this article, we generally describe how to obtain a 3D face model, whether you need it for a graphical application or 3D printing!

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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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Food of the Future
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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5 Best Open-Source 3D Scanners in 2019

Open-source 3D scanning brings the technology to the masses, making it cost-effective and customizable. Check out our favorite open-source 3D scanners for 2019!

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Carbon Fiber Filament – All You Need to Know

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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Over-Extrusion (3D Printing) – Tips & Tricks to Solve It

Blobs, strings, and jams are the definition of annoying. There's no reason to let them ruin your 3D printing experience. Keep reading to find three easy fixes to the ever-notorious issue of over-extrusion.

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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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Simply Explained
What is 3D Printing? – Simply Explained

3D printing explained: What is 3D printing? What’s 3D printing good for? How does 3D printing work? We simply explain this exciting technology in depth.

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Should I Buy a Prusa i3 Clone or the Original?