The default nozzle diameter for most of today’s printers is 0.4 mm, and E3D’s hotends used in Original Prusa i3 MK3 and MK2/S printers are no different. Changing the nozzle takes just a few minutes and it can bring a number of benefits. According to our recent survey (we will introduce you more detailed results […]

The main focus of our previous articles was often the pre-production or production phase of 3D printing process: how to cut an object, how to print supports or how to fix errors in 3D models. One could get the idea that everything ends when a printer finishes printing and the final product is a simple […]

The core of FDM technology is extruding melted plastic, where each layer is laid on top of the previous, already cooled down and solidified layer. There has to be something to lay the new layer on, otherwise the plastic just drips down and sticks to whatever it hits on the way. A 3d printer is capable […]

Maybe you have already seen some of those fancy enclosures people build for their printers. How do they work? And do they work? Today, we will shed some light on this matter! Plus, we are going to dive into patent wars and explain why not all printers come with an enclosure. To top things off, […]

Have you ever wished that you could easily transfer a real object into a digital file? The technology is here, but most of us simply do not have access to high-end 3D scanners that can reconstruct the digital geometry of a physical model.  Not to mention that some objects can be way too big for […]

There are at least three cases where cutting objects into smaller components could be your best option: Your model is too big and does not fit inside the print volume. Your model does not have any suitable flat surface to serve as a base to be placed on the bed. You want to avoid using support […]

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You’d be surprised how many 3D models you can find on the internet are broken in some way. Modern slicers are pretty good at repairing the models without you even noticing. Nevertheless, sooner or later you’ll encounter a model with problems. The symptoms may vary. You might notice random top/bottom layers in the middle of […]

It’s easy to stop exploring menus and buttons on a machine once you feel like you know it inside out. You don’t bother learning and using all the meal heating presets on your microwave. You just end up using a few of them for everything. But then, after years of using that machine, you accidentally […]

Extruder movements on both MK2/S and MK3 can be quite difficult to see. The other three axes are easily visible, and honestly, it can be super mesmerizing to watch. A lot of us always want to know what’s our printer doing. Peter Roodenburg designed the Dutch Windmill motor rotation indicator, and we immediately fell in […]