Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing

Flashforge Creator X 3D Printer

There’s a reason why so many people from all walks of life are passionate about 3D printing, it’s a great hobby! Once you’ve learned how to use your 3D printer (and get good results) the whole process is a total hoot.

However, you’re going to encounter a number of issues and stumbling blocks along the way. So what can you do to bypass these hurdles and progress with your printing knowledge and skills?

There’s loads of information online about 3D printing, but much of it is aimed at those with existing knowledge and experience.

This can make getting started with 3D printing a challenging task.

To help make your journey from 3D printing novice to expert as simple as possible, the crew at 3D Printer Plans have compiled a Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing that will teach you everything you need to know to get started the right way.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll learn:

  • The history of 3D printing
  • Different printing processes (and their pros and cons)
  • How to pick your first 3D printer
  • What software you need to get started
  • Essential hardware and accessories
  • Maintenance and safety instructions

Hopefully, you’ll find 3D Printer Plans’ guide useful – you can read their free guide to 3D printing HERE.

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  1. Just what I need! I’m about to receive my printer so this is a fantastic find, many thanks for linking and to the authors at 3D printer plans

  2. Thank you so much for this informative post. I found your site through e-nable and it’s great to have a reference link for newbies. Thanks for the info and the links. I do 2-d designs for paper cutting and crafts and am interested in getting started in 3-d printing, this info is appreciated! I had no idea where to start.
    I am missing fingers as a result of a traumatic injury and would like to explore options for a prosthetic finger device to allow for a pincer grasp. So 3-d printing would help me to explore options for myself but I would also be interested in the future working with others. Thanks so much for your efforts and your philosophy of open sourcing this type of ideas.

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