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Why Do 3D Prints Warp?

Have you ever wondered why 3D prints warp? We made some diagrams to understand what is happening.

3d buzz

3D Buzz Releases All Content

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of a site called “3D Buzz”, but their content could be of interest to anyone in the CAD field. 

business

Seven Ways A Business Could Begin 3D Printing

Many small businesses don’t yet use 3D printing, but probably could benefit from the technology. We list seven ways to help get that process started.

adhesion

Seven Ways 3D Prints Can Unstick

Of all the 3D printing issues you can encounter, bed adhesion, or lack of, is one of the most frequently seen. We list seven ways this can happen and offer suggestions on how to avoid them.

$3D Print Materials Tips

3D Print Learning Series: Materials

This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on the different materials possible in 3D printing.

3D Printing Nerd

Strengthen PLA Prints By Annealing

Many 3D printer operators are unaware of a technique for transforming materials into stronger versions: annealing.

financial

Don’t Forget The Maintenance Costs!

Purchasing 3D printing equipment can be a costly affair, but sometimes it’s actually far more expensive than you first thought.

cost

Hacking The uPrint

Stratasys’ uPrint is one of the classic 3D printers, but these days some operators use it in unusual ways.

building

The Amazing CADMAPPER

I’ve been playing with an interesting 3D mapping service, CADMAPPER.

networking

Is Your OctoPrint Safe?

A fascinating article at OctoPrint.org shows the right – and wrong – ways to use OctoPrint remotely.

cad

Book of the Week: CAD Engineering Essentials

This week’s selection is “CAD Engineering Essentials: Hands-on Help for Small Manufacturers and Smart Technical People (No Nonsense Manual Book 3)” by Mark Lynch.

dual

The Several Methods of Dual Extrusion

With the increasing buzz over the near-necessity of dual extrusion, we thought we’d say a few words about how this is done. 

filament

Do You Have Enough Filament?

One of the most aggravating questions in desktop 3D printing is: Do you have sufficient filament left to complete the print? 

casting

7 Handy Resin Casting Tips and Tricks

Before you get to work on the final product of your design, it’s in your best interests to make a prototype first, right? 

3d hubs

The Best 3D Printing Book Yet?

There have been a number of fascinating 3D printing books emerge, but we believe this one could be the best yet.

tips

Waterproofing Your 3D Prints

I saw a post somewhere about someone 3D printing a waterproof container and had some thoughts. 

chart

A Useful 3D Printer Material Chart

With the continual introduction of new 3D printer filament materials, it’s become hard to keep track of them all. Until you see this terrific chart. 

purchasing

How to Price a 3D Printer Purchase

3D printer purchasing is easy: just look up the sale price and see if you have budget for it. Right? Yes? 

electricity

Electrostatic Discharge Explained

A manufacturer of electrostatic discharge protection products contacted us and it seems that “ESD” is something all 3D printer operations should know about. 

drying

Zip Up That Filament!

In a world with increasingly powerful desktop 3D printers, your filament probably deserves a lot more attention. 

event

Tips for Attending A 3D Print Trade Show

Whether you’ve been to one or not, if you’re reading this publication you more than likely will at some point in your career. Here’s our tips to get the most out of the experience. 

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