Melanie Griffin

Melanie Griffin is a freelance writer based in Columbia, SC. She writes about 3D printing, pet care, pop culture, and news that affects her neighborhood. She reads and writes fiction to stay sane and scratches her dog's tummy to stay happy.

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Autocad vs Revit: Which Is The Right Choice?

Autodesk’s two powerhouse design programs, AutoCAD and Revit, are on their way to conquering the design world. AutoCAD is the broadly applicable geometry-driven traditional drafting program that’s grown a lot since its 1982 beginnings; Revit is the powerhouse 3D modeler that gives you real-world information about your design before you build a stick of it. 

But how do they compare to each other? 

The Main Differences Between AutoCAD and Revit, at a Glance

  • AutoCAD has a geometric CAD approach, whereas Revit has a 3D modeling CAD approach. The biggest difference between AutoCAD and Revit is their approach to computer-aided drafting as a whole. AutoCAD offers a traditional, geometric-based 2D experience with 3D features. Revit, as a BIM, lets you build a 3D model with real-world component information. 

Prusa i3 MK3 vs Ultimaker 3 [2020]: Which is Best?

Today we’re pitting two 3D printers against each other to see who really earns their spot on the top of “best of” lists. Both the Prusa i3 MK3 and the Ultimaker 3 have earned accolades from trade publications (including this one!), both have already made waves with their new iterations in 2019, and both are touted as great mid-price… Read More »

Autocad vs Inventor [2020] Which Software is The Best?

In the world of computer-aided drafting, Autodesk looms large. And for a good reason; its AutoCAD program was the first commercially available CAD software for home computers that were just starting to take off in the 1980s. This combination made CAD accessible for more price and skill points, paving the way for its current range of uses. 

AutoCAD originally offered only 2D drafting capabilities – basically, it started as a computerized version of an engineer’s desk, pencil, and measuring tools. While AutoCAD still uses 2D as its basis, recent versions in the last five years have added 3D capabilities meant to give its users a full spectrum of design possibilities.

AutoCAD has also started offering modules that pertain to specific industries that depend on drafting as their base process, such as engineers who build electrical systems. The program has continued to bran

Best Wax 3D Printer and Wax Filament [2020]

Wax seems like the opposite of a good 3D printing material. Its defining property is how changeable it is, never quite hardening to settle into a definite shape, always moldable at the slightest push of a finger. But, when we learned that you could, in fact, get great 3D printed objects from wax material and filament, we were… Read More »

How to Find the Best Silicone 3D Printer [2020]

When you think of silicone and 3D printing, you’re more likely to consider it as a helping hand, rather than a star player. Silicone is commonly used as a mold material into which other material is poured to make a 3D object. But that’s limiting this versatile compound and your imagination to go along with it – you… Read More »

How to Find the Best Nylon 3D Printer [2020]

Nylon is designed to give you a next-level experience with 3D printing. As a printing material, it’s just as versatile as more common filaments like PLS or ABS, but it has the added advantages of flexibility, tensile strength, and extraordinarily high layer resolution. Its low friction coefficient and high melting temperature (and melting point) make it great for… Read More »

3D Printing vs Injection Molding: Know The Difference

3D printing is not always a stand-alone process – sometimes it’s only the first step in a manufactured part’s journey. When paired with mass fabrication processes like injection molding, the advantages and disadvantages of both processes come into sharp relief against each other. Though they can both participate in the same ultimate goal of creating parts for a… Read More »