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Best Thingiverse Alternatives: Which is Right for You?

Even though 3D printing is just starting to become more of a mainstream technology, it has been around for a while now. Users can print many different items, pieces, and parts, ranging from medical supplies to personal collectibles. There really is no limit to what this technology is capable of doing.

If you’re already in the 3D printing game, then you have a decent idea of what you want to print and how to go about printing it. But what if you need some new, fresh ideas? That’s where platforms like Thingiverse come into play.

What is Thingiverse?

Thingiverse Review

For those not familiar with Thingiverse, it’s a platform that provides various 3D printing designs to its users. These are designed by other 3D printing users and shared on Thingiverse. The site launched in 2008, however at that time it

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 »

The Best 3D Printer Hot Ends to Use [Apr 2020]

We often see lists of the best 3D printers or the best slicers. But rarely do we see a lot of the smaller components which make up the 3D printer. Often, these smaller parts have some of the greatest impacts on the overall print quality, performance, and material we can use. For example, there is the printer extruder,… Read More »

Best Anet A8 Upgrades: All You Need to Know

When it comes to technology some people like to use their devices just as they’re supposed to. Then, three are those who have to see exactly what they can get their tech to do. These are the over-clockers and people who find innovative and creative uses for their gadgets.

One of the more common devices that people like to upgrade are their 3D printers and the Anet A8 is no exception. This budget-friendly printer is great for beginners who want to get into the 3D printing niche without spending an arm and a leg.

anet a8

When it comes to the Anet A8, upgrading the machine can make it more stable while providing additional functionality and features. Of course, upgrades on a 3D printer involves more than just changing out a few pieces. It can be much 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 »

Top 15 Easy 3D Printing Ideas for Beginners

It is hard to go a day without hearing about the next “revolutionary” technology. The reality is that the next revolutionary technology has been around for quite a while now. We are referring to 3D printing. While it may be a new technology for some people, some forms of 3D printing date back to the 1980s. 3D printing… Read More »

The Top 5 Best Open Source 3D Printers for 2020

In the relatively short time 3D printing has been around, few things have largely contributed to the growth of the industry. One of the biggest factors is open source printers. Open source printers allow the industry to evolve and grow to fit consumer needs as users themselves find ways to upgrade printers. Many big names in the industry… Read More »