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The different file formats for 3D printing

With the evolution of digital technology, 3D printing has become much more accessible today. Individuals and professionals can have their own equipment and make various printing models. All that is needed is to master the essential notions, particularly with regard to the adapted file formats. Indeed, depending on the field and for historical or practical reasons, certain file formats are preferred for 3D printing. We present here the most common formats for 3D printing, as well as their main characteristics.

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The best 3D slicers for 3D printers (2021)

3D printing is possible thanks to three essential elements: the 3D printer, the 3D model and the 3D cutting software. The latter, commonly called "slicer", is the intermediary that ensures the preparation of the model of your choice before sending it to the 3D printer. On the market, many free and paid 3D software are available to users. This selection of the best slicers is intended to help you choose the one best suited to your needs.

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Cybercriminals target 3D Printers?

Let’s admit it: none of us were expecting hackers to pick 3D printers as a target for attacks, but here we are. The reason is pretty simple, these devices have a strong presence in production today. The sad part is – the more popular any device grows, the more exposed it becomes to the cybercriminals.

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How to calibrate a 3D printer in 5 Steps

3D printing hobbyists will attest to the steep learning curve required to proficiently use the technology and associated software. One of the most difficult parts of said learning curve is calibrating the machine. Here we will go over the basic calibration procedure required for 3D printers. This article is written from the perspective of using Printrbot simple and Repetier and assumes the user has digital calipers, ruler, tape, and filament at their disposal. If the reader does not use Printrbot simple and Repetier there is no issue, any printer/software combo will suffice.

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