11 Experts Share Their Top 3D Printing Beginner Tips

3D Printing for Beginners

Let's be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results. [.]. Beginners Corner

Adidas Created This 3D-Printed Shoe out of Plastic from the Ocean

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Adidas, in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans , have created a running shoe using plastic found littered throughout the Earth’s oceans. While the shoe is a prototype, the two companies are working together to try and “rethink design and help stop ocean plastic pollution.

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How to build the cheapest DLP SLA 3d printer for under 500$ including projector

DIY 3D Printing

This is probably the cheapest DLP SLA 3D printer that you can build yourself for some 500 USD including the projector! Little Dipper" has a simple design that anyone can replicate with some basic DIY skills and it makes prints with reasonable quality.

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Autodesk releasing HSMWorks 2016 for SOLIDWORKS


Time to strengthen up your CNC toolkit. SOLIDWORKS 2016 is here for the design. To make it better, here is HSMWorks 2016 for manufacturing. The standard for CAM companies is one major release a year. But, the Autodesk CAM development team sends updates out all the time; One of my favorite things.

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MBD Implementation 10 DOs and 10 DON’Ts – Don’t Rely on 2D Drawings as the Master Anymore

The Solidworks Blog

My last post on Model-Based Definition (MBD) implementation, “ Measure progress ” touched upon NIST’s MBD capability assessment, where drawing-centric or model-centric is a key distinction between level 0 and level 1.

A breath of fresh air in a crowded 3dprinting market

Philip Cotton

I first saw this printer at the 2013 3dprintshow in London and it caught my eye immediately. This was different from other printers. This actually had good design as the core feature.

Top 25: Most Popular 3D Modeling & Design Software for 3D Printing


Creating a printable design is the crucial first step in the 3D printing process – and everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for getting this job done. So what’s the most popular 3D modeling software for 3D printing? Read on to discover the top 25!

3D Printing Brings Better Play to Thoughtfull Toys

3D Systems

3D Printing Brings Better Play to Thoughtfull Toys Friday, June 5, 2015 - 13:15 The team at ThoughtFull Toys is tired of “throw-away” toys: gadgets with closed play patterns that quickly bore kids and end up lining the bottom of the trash can.

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Desktop 3D Printing in Medicine

3D Printing for Beginners

​Medical applications for 3D printing: for most of us, the idea of 3D printing being used in medicine evokes thoughts of the latest industrial 3D printing technology and multi-million dollar investments. Less known however is the fact that desktop 3D printers (i.e.

World’s First 3D Printed Titanium Sternum Implanted Successfully in Patient With Giant Tumor

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A woman in China just received the world’s first 3D printed titanium sternum implant thanks to a team of innovative doctors at the Tang Du Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University. Gu was having chest pains and was diagnosed with a massive tumor growing on her sternum.

Airwolf 3D launches WOLFBITE NANO adhesive for PLA

DIY 3D Printing

After the great success Airwolf had with their Wolfbite ABS adhesive , now they present Wolfbite Nano adhesive solution for PLA filaments. It will help the object stick to the print surface and prevent warping and similar problems.

CAD Tip: What you need to know about IGES and STEP files


Two CAD Tips this week! One might be the best tip I ever share; Round tripping your CAD files for better import! Also sharing some background information on IGES and STEP files I think you will totally love. Let me know what you think. Love your feedback!

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Hybrid machines combine additive and subtractive manufacturing

Additively Blog

Hybrid machines combine additive with subtractive manufacturing. This blog post analyses advantages and disadvantages of the technology compared to laser melting, the leading additive manufacturing technology for metal parts


Wohlers Talk

The Materialise World Conference was held last week in Brussels, with more than 1,000 people in attendance. A high caliber group of customers, partners, and others attended the two-day event. The conference coincided with the opening of a museum exhibition at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts.

How additive technology will affect manufacturing

Leslie's Blog

For 16 years, ExOne has focused its efforts on developing additive machines for use in manufacturing. ExOne President Dave Burns explores this shift of 3D printing into additive manufacturing and how it will affect design engineers. Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor. Before the majority of U.S.

Freeform Modeling in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design

The Solidworks Blog

Conceptual design of stylized products often starts with hand sketches, and may involve several disconnected software applications for sketching, surface modeling, and sharing the concepts with others.

Announcing Frosted Extreme Detail (or FXD), our highest resolution 3D printed plastic ever

Shapeways Blog

Destination Moon by Max Grueter. Today we are excited to announce our newest material, Frosted Extreme Detail ! It uses the same resin and printer as our popular material Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), but it’s almost twice as detailed!

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a 3D Model for 3D Printing


We know that modeling for 3D printing can be confusing: In 3D modeling, as in 3D printing, there is no one size fits all approach. We all use different software, print in different materials, and not only use different printers but also different printing technologies.

3D Printing Into the Wild Blue Yonder

3D Systems

3D Printing Into the Wild Blue Yonder Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 14:56 . As aeronautical companies work tirelessly to fly farther and faster, engineers are looking for new ways to reduce part count and fly-to-weight ratios through more economical manufacturing.

Witbox Review – A Mixed Bag of Emotions

3D Printing for Beginners

The first time the Witbox caught my attention was in November 2014. I was analyzing the now famous 3D printing trends report from our friends at 3D Hubs and immediately noticed two relatively new FDM printers which made it into the Top 5.

Scientists Made A 3D-Printed Wheelchair For A Puppy With Only Two Legs

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Scientists have managed to give a six-week-old puppy a new lease on life. Tumbles the terrier mix puppy was the runt of the litter and wasn’t able to get the milk he needed to grow properly.

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Rise of 3D Printing Factories and a Future without Work

DIY 3D Printing

CloudDDM is a company that operates like most 3D printing services where you can order parts through a web interface, but they're able to produce any part at high volumes and speed.

Advanced Manufacturing is On Top at Autodesk University Next Week


We are one week away from one of the biggest design and manufacturing events of the year. Autodesk are inviting all its customers to come and network, deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills. This event has a long list of manufacturing roundtables discussion, labs, and presentations. Here is everything for any manufacturing junkie: • Integrated CAM inside Inventor and Fusion 360. Delcam’s high-end PowerMill, FeatureCAM and ArtCAM. Composite solution with TruNest and TruLaser.

3D printing is gaining speed with the new CLIP technology developed by 40 million $ backed startup Carbon3D

Additively Blog

Carbon3D presents with CLIP — Continuous Liquid Interface Production – a new 3D printing technology, which is 25 - 100 times faster than others. The 40 million $ backed startup is definitively one of the key player to watch. Read more about the CLIP technology here

Not for Everyone

Wohlers Talk

Contrary to what some would like you to believe, owning and operating a 3D printer is not for most consumers. It may be easy to buy one, but it’s definitely not easy to create the 3D model data needed to produce a unique design.

Additive manufacturing technology moves into production

Leslie's Blog

Is 3D printing /Additive manufacturing shifting out of prototyping? You might think so after listening to the conversations at RAPID 2015 and the recent AMUG conference. But really, prototyping is not going away.

Timeline: Celebrating 20 Years of Kick-Ass CAD

The Solidworks Blog

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TIMELINE. Where were you in 1995? Surfing the World Wide Web? Creating mix tapes? Paying fees for not rewinding VHS rentals? Certainly design and engineering had a much different look and feel – at least until December 12, 1995.

Dassault Systèmes and EXPO 2015: Partnering for A More Sustainable Future

3D Perspectives

The World Expo happens only once every five years and therefore, when Dassault Systèmes had the opportunity to sponsor the 2015 World Expo – focused on key eco-sustainability themes – it was natural for us to participate.

Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Chosen by Airbus to Produce 3D Printed Flight Parts for its A350 XWB Aircraft

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

The Airbus A350 XWB aircraft contains more than 1000 flight parts 3D printed on Stratasys FDM Production Systems. Stratasys additive manufacturing continues to impact the aerospace industry with this exciting news about Airbus.

3D Printed Kidney Model Demonstrates the Power of 3D Printing to UK Doctors

3D Systems

3D Printed Kidney Model Demonstrates the Power of 3D Printing to UK Doctors Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:40 . 3D printing has popped up in the news around several healthcare stories in the past months, but the surgery of John Cousins stands out as one in which the patient provided the model.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #4 – Glow in the Dark Filament

3D Printing for Beginners

Welcome to another post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series. This time, we’ll have a look at another exciting type of 3D printing filament: Glow-in-the-Dark Filament also known as Glow Filament. […]. Materials