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3D printers - Buying guides and 3D printing applications

Our 3D printers guides are here to help our readers understand the fundamentals of 3D printing. What is 3D printing? How does a 3D printer work? What are the main applications?
We address those questions and more in this section.

We also explain the various 3D printing technologies and provide a glossary for the most common terms and acronyms. No matter your questions or project, our 3D printer buying guides are here to help.
Professional-grade features and prints with the FlashForge Creator 3

Professional-grade features and prints with the FlashForge Creator 3

Last update: July 27, 2020

The FlashForge Creator 3 is a desktop 3D printer for professionals. It's equipped with IDEX, tough nozzles for PA-CF, and many other features.

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Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace: a one-stop shop for all your digital manufacturing needs

Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace: a one-stop shop for all your digital manufacturing needs

Last update: July 22, 2020

The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace by Dassault Systèmes is an all-in-one digital manufacturing platform. Click here to find out more!

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Adventurer 3: a plug-n-play 3D printer for everyone

Adventurer 3: a plug-n-play 3D printer for everyone

Last update: July 21, 2020

FlashForge's Adventurer 3 is one of the most popular 3D printers for schools & hobbyists, providing great value at an affordable price. Find out more here!

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The metal 3D printing certification challenge

The metal 3D printing certification challenge

Last update: July 8, 2020

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3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry

3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry

Last update: May 26, 2020

3D printing and 3D scanning are used by jewelers for prototyping and direct manufacturing of jewelry. Find out how to use 3D scanning and 3D printing for jewelry and what the best 3D printers for jewelry are.

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The best sites to download free STL files, 3D models and 3D printable files for 3D printing

The best sites to download free STL files, 3D models and 3D printable files for 3D printing

Last update: April 24, 2020

Here we cover the best sites where you can download 3D printable models in 2020. Many are free! Find your next STL file on one of these sites.

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Tractus3D releases the T2000 to complete their Large Volume series

Tractus3D releases the T2000 to complete their Large Volume series

Last update: April 1, 2020

The T2000 combines both a large volume and a narrow footprint, packing all the volume vertically. Find out more in this article.

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CreatBot F430: a powerful desktop 3D printer for engineering-grade materials and PEEK

CreatBot F430: a powerful desktop 3D printer for engineering-grade materials and PEEK

Last update: March 30, 2020

The CreatBot F430 is a powerful desktop 3D for professionals. This workhorse can print a range of engineering-grade materials.

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3D printing for the medical industry

3D printing for the medical industry

Last update: March 27, 2020

What is medical 3D printing? Discover the different 3D printing applications available for the medical industry: 3D bioprinting, 3D printed prosthetics and orthotics, 3D printed casts and more.

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3D Printing Market Watch - Q4 2015

3D Printing Market Watch – Q4 2015

Last update: February 27, 2020

We crunch data from our knowledge base to deliver relevant insights about the 3D printers and 3D scanners markets.

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Volkswagen Autoeuropa: Maximizing Production Efficiency with 3D-Printed Tools
Glossary

Glossary

Last update: February 27, 2020

This glossary contains definitions of specific 3D printing terms and acronyms. To search for a term or a definition, simply use the search function. This 3D printing technology glossary feature all the links toward the different 3D printing, 3D scanning technologies and 3D printing materials.

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Food 3D printing

Food 3D printing

Last update: February 27, 2020

Food 3D printing is possible today thanks to progress in 3D printing technology. Some 3D printers use edibles as 3D printing materials, such as sugar or chocolotate.

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Fast 3D printing

Fast 3D printing

Last update: February 27, 2020

Fast 3D printing is still uncommon, but more and more manufacturers are achieving great speeds with unique technologies. Here's a brief recap!

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Eco-friendly 3D filament

Eco-friendly 3D filament

Last update: February 27, 2020

Eco-friendly 3D filament represents a serious alternative to plastic filament, as it is biodegradable and sustainable. Innovations in today's technology offer the possibility to 3D print in an ecological way, with a low cost. This guide will explain what are the future possibilities, but also today's innovations.

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Categories of 3D printing technologies

Categories of 3D printing technologies

Last update: February 27, 2020

We have listed all the 3D printing technologies currently available, from FFF and FDM to SLA, DLP, SLS, SML and event 3D bioprinting. This comprehensive guide explains with precise definitions, images, videos and examples how every 3D printing technology works.

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3D printing for toys

3D printing for toys

Last update: February 27, 2020

3D printing is revolutionizing the world of toys, changing everything on its path. 3D printing for toys has quickly proved to be an excellent solution to repair broken toys, replace missing parts or 3D print toys at home. Read our guide to 3D printed toys and learn how to make 3D printed toys at home.

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3D printing for the dental industry

3D printing for the dental industry

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D scanners are used in the dental industry to model in 3D the teeth of a patient. Dentists may then 3D print wax ups, models or metal implants.

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3D printing for space

3D printing for space

Last update: February 26, 2020

Perhaps surprisingly, 3D printing technology may have a future that is out of this world. Literally. Discover the applications of 3D printing in space, including food 3D printing and replacement parts made in space.

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3D printing for architecture

3D printing for architecture

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D printing is transforming the way architects explore designs and innovate. The 3D printing technology brings a new aspect to architecture. This guide explains what are the applications of 3D printing for architecture.

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3D printing and 3D scanning for archeology and museums

3D printing and 3D scanning for archeology and museums

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D scanning and 3D printing for museums and archeology are useful tools as they allow to better study, restore and preserve historical sites and artifacts.

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3D printers categories and 3D printer types

3D printers categories and 3D printer types

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D printers can be classified in several 3D printers categories: DIY or Kit 3D printers, desktop 3D printers and industrial or commercial 3D printers. There are indeed a lot of different types of 3D printers. This guide help beginners to understand the many 3D printer categories et types.

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3D printed sex toys

3D printed sex toys

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D printing technology makes it possible to bring adult fantasies to life, right from home. There are many options to create custom 3D printed sex toys. From free dildo STL files to sex toy molds, find the best sex toy solution for you!

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3D printed guns

3D printed guns

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D printed guns regularly make the headlines of the press. Indeed, 3D printed weapons are beyond any control. Learn more about 3D printing guns.

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iSLA Pro series: the professional SLA 3D printers

iSLA Pro series: the professional SLA 3D printers

Last update: February 26, 2020

The iSLA-450 Pro and iSLA-650 Pro are two industrial-grade stereolithography 3D printers, from the Chinese manufacturer Shining 3D.

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3D printed figurines: 3D portraits, 3D figurines and 3D selfies

3D printed figurines: 3D portraits, 3D figurines and 3D selfies

Last update: February 26, 2020

3D printed figurines are miniature photorealistic statues, created using 3D scanning and 3D printing. Learn all about 3D portraits, 3D selfies and 3D figurines. This guide explains what is possible to do for portraits, gives examples and definitions in order to better understand the concept.

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CreatBot taking high-temp 3D printing to the next level with the PEEK-300

CreatBot taking high-temp 3D printing to the next level with the PEEK-300

Last update: February 24, 2020

CreatBot’s new PEEK-300 is equipped with everything you need to print high-performance materials such as PEEK, PEI, or PEKK.

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Large scale 3D printing with the CreatBot D600 series

Large scale 3D printing with the CreatBot D600 series

Last update: February 24, 2020

CreatBot's D600 series are an industrial-grade set of 3D printers made to print large parts and prototypes in a variety of engineering materials.

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CreatBot F1000 for affordable large scale 3D printing

CreatBot F1000 for affordable large scale 3D printing

Last update: February 24, 2020

The CreatBot F1000 offers a huge build volume of one cubic meter at an affordable price. Features include dual extrusion, heated chamber, and more.

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The best 3D printing forums, Facebook groups and communities in 2019

The best 3D printing forums, Facebook groups and communities in 2019

Last update: February 24, 2020

The 3D printing community is as vibrant as ever. We listed the best 3D printing forums, Facebook groups and communities in 2019.

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The best 3D printing Youtube channels in 2019

The best 3D printing Youtube channels in 2019

Last update: February 24, 2020

We made a comprehensive list of the best 3D printing YouTube channels and YouTubers in 2019. We cover 75+ video channels about 3D printing and makers.

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Creality CR-10 V2: affordable and efficient large-volume 3D printing

Creality CR-10 V2: affordable and efficient large-volume 3D printing

Last update: December 6, 2019

Creality releases its improved CR-10 3D printer, the CR-10 V2. More precise, durable and user-friendly than its predecessors.

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3DGENCE INDUSTRY F420: next-generation industrial 3D printer

3DGENCE INDUSTRY F420: next-generation industrial 3D printer

Last update: November 20, 2019

The 3DGence INDUSTRY F420 is capable of printing a wide range of high-performance materials, from ULTEM™ to PEEK filaments.

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Tractus3D: Advanced PEEK 3D printing

Tractus3D: Advanced PEEK 3D printing

Last update: November 18, 2019

Tractus3D’s PRO series includes the T650P and T850P, they are both optimized to print conventional and high-performance thermoplastics (PEEK, ULTEM).

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The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410: an all-in-one solution for industrial AM

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410: an all-in-one solution for industrial AM

Last update: August 21, 2019

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 is an all-in-one solution for 3D printing high-performance materials and for continuous low-volume production.

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