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  • How to Create Better 3D Prints By Removing Top & Bottom Layers

    How to Create Better 3D Prints By Removing Top & Bottom Layers

    In this quick tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can create incredibly cool, intricate 3D designs with 0 design skills whatsoever, simply by taking advantage of a lesser-known trick in your slicing software. How to Create 3D Prints by Removing Top and Bottom Layers In my previous list of 50 useful things you … Read more


  • Bambu Lab X1 Carbon Review – 6 Things They Don’t Tell You

    So, here is what happened. Bambu Lab, after seeing my “evil plan,” article, decided that they wanted me to experience their flagship product first hand, and they generously sent me an X1 carbon combo, on ONE condition. Despite the fact that I generally don’t like to say negative things on my channel/blog, and prefer to … Read more


  • 13 Exotic 3D Printing Filaments to Try This Year (Recycled, Wood, Dual Extrusion)

    13 Exotic 3D Printing Filaments to Try This Year (Recycled, Wood, Dual Extrusion)

    Last November, I have attended the annual Formnext 3D printing conference in Frankfurt. Besides all the amazing innovations and new 3D printers I was introduced to, I have managed to get hold of lots of new, exotic filaments for my upcoming projects. In this article, I’d walk you through all those new exotic filaments and … Read more


  • Bambu Lab’s Secret Marketing Strategy – Revealed!

    Bambu Lab’s Secret Marketing Strategy – Revealed!

    I figured it out, you guys. I figured out Bambu Lab’s secret plan for global domination In this article, I’m going to share what I think it is, and what it means for the next decade of 3D printing. Let’s dive in! Bambu Lab’s Background Without question, the biggest 3D printing news of 2022, if … Read more


  • How to Create The Ultimate 3D Printer Enclosure (DIY Enclosure Walkthrough)

    How to Create The Ultimate 3D Printer Enclosure (DIY Enclosure Walkthrough)

    Have you always been interested in creating your awesome own 3D printer enclosure, but didn’t know where to start? In this article, I am going to share with you a full walk-through of my custom-designed 3D printer enclosure, including the various 3D printed features and add-ons I’ve put in, and how YOU can create your … Read more


  • 11+ Best 3D Printed Gift Ideas for 2023

    11+ Best 3D Printed Gift Ideas for 2023

    In this article, I’m going to share over 11 3D Prints that are actually useful – or at least, gifts that you won’t be embarrassed to give to your friends, family, or coworkers, whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, or any other occasion. Let’s dive in! What Are The Best Personalized 3D Printed Gifts? … Read more


  • 11 Essential 3D Printer Accessories & Hardware

    11 Essential 3D Printer Accessories & Hardware

    With just a handful of different types of affordable, readily-available hardware, you can level up your 3D printed projects from limited-use, fragile, plastic toys to full-scale mechanical wonders. In this guide, I’m going to give you a complete list of which components to buy, what they’re used for, and how they help you make your … Read more


  • 23 Best 3D Printed Tools That Are Actually Useful!

    23 Best 3D Printed Tools That Are Actually Useful!

    Is there anything more frustrating than needing a very specific tool to finish a fix or a project, only to discover that you can’t get it in time? In this article I’m going to share with you my top 3D printed tools, as well as tips for printing them, what they’re used for and why … Read more


  • Full 3D Printed Earplugs Tutorial – Step-by-step

    Full 3D Printed Earplugs Tutorial – Step-by-step

    In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I combined 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, and Silicone to create A fully custom, safe-in-your-body earplug designed for MY very own ear canal And, I’m going to show you how you can make your own – as many pairs as you want – for pennies a set!  … Read more


  • 3D Printed Camera Crane Tutorial

    3D Printed Camera Crane Tutorial

    In this guide, I’m going to share with you how I built the single most mechanical, functional, and HEAVY 3D print I’ve ever done, as well as many of the mistakes I made, the lessons I learned, and how they can help YOU improve YOUR future 3D prints going forward. Background To The 3D Printed … Read more


  • Gridfinity Tips & Tricks For 2023

    Gridfinity Tips & Tricks For 2023

    It’s been a few months since the lovably bizarre YouTuber Zach Freedman released his Gridfinity organization system, and I don’t know about you, but I have been hard at work gridfinitifying my entire life. In this article, I want to share with you some of the tips, tricks, and words of wisdom I’ve come up … Read more


  • 50+ Cool & Useful 3D Prints You didn’t Know You Could Print

    50+ Cool & Useful 3D Prints You didn’t Know You Could Print

    Your 3D Printer can print way more functional, useful 3D Prints than you probably realize. In this guide, I’m going to share with you a whole bunch of 3D Print ideas so practical, even your wife or significant other will have to agree that buying another 3D printer is a good idea, after all! If … Read more


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