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 […]

3D printing is quickly becoming a widely accessible and user-friendly technology. Despite this fact, some users (especially beginners) can sometimes run into various difficulties during the printing process. Such problems are usually caused by improper configuration or just by a random accident. We have compiled a list of five more-or-less common issues you can theoretically […]

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, […]

A few weeks ago we published an article about our magnificent 3D printing farm. Some of you may have asked a question, “How hard can it be to maintain 300 printers running virtually 24/7?” The answer is rather simple, as the single best way how to keep any 3D printer running all the time is to […]

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 […]

The most of newcomers in the 3D printing world already know that except the 3D printer, they will need to obtain 3D models on the internet or create their own in a 3D modeling program. But between downloading/creating a 3D model and printing there is one more step that many beginners underestimate – slicing. Creating […]

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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 […]