Formlabs Form1 Review

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that we own two Ultimaker 3D printers, the very machines we use for all the prints you can see in our blog posts. The Ultimaker is a Fused More »

3D Print of the Month – May 2014

It’s end of May, spring is here, trees have leaves and flowers are blooming. It is a beautiful time of the year and nature provides plenty of inspiration, also for the 3D print of May 2014: a 3D printed flower More »

A Comprehensive Introduction to 3D Printing Technology

3D Printers – How Do They Work? The topic of 3D printing has peaked your interest and you are looking into how to use a 3D printer? Have you tried to find information on the underlying 3D printing technology or More »

Building Our Ultimaker 3D Printer

We have some exciting news to share! Three weeks ago we ordered an Ultimaker 3D printer which was delivered last Friday. We spend the weekend assembling the printer and running first test prints. Read on to see how we fared More »

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing?

This article will give you a quick overview of the current consumables used in 3D printing and will explain the main differences in terms easily understood by beginners. As explained in our previous article “What is 3D printing?”, there are More »


Highlights of the 3D Printshow Paris

3D Printshow Paris sign

During last weekend (17 – 18 October 2014), we had the distinct pleasure of visiting the 3D Printshow Paris, to which the organizer had kindly given us press passes (thank you #3DPS!). The exquisite venue at the Carrousel du Louvre (the place of Pei’s famous glass Pyramid), underground but just next to the famous Louvre itself, hosted over 50 stands with some of the very big names in the industry, like Makerbot, iMaterialise, Ultimaker, Autodesk, Sculpteo, Shapeways, etc.

Discover Cults, an Eclectic 3D Model Repository

Cults Logo

One of the most visited pages on is our listing of 3D model repositories. As the adoption of 3D printers is growing so does the number of people looking to find unique and interesting objects to print. While Thingiverse may be the most well-known 3D model repository there are less known platforms that are well worth exploring. One such repository is the French platform Cults, that has made a name for itself by featuring hand-picked designers who produce unique and clever designs.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #1 – BendLay, Laywoo-D3 and LayBrick


One of the most read and most shared article on our site is actually our materials post, which we wrote nearly two years ago. We also have lots of information requests from 3D printing enthousiasts out there regarding different material types, printer settings for specific filament types or even requests to do specific 3D printing materials reviews. This led us to believe that there seems to be a real need to publish more information on what other materials exist for 3D printing, what can be done with them, what are their properties and specifications, etc. So we have been working on a series of follow-ups to our initial materials review, in which we only analysed the two main and most commonly available materials, ABS and PLA. The third one, PVA can already be classified as a bit more of an exotic material.

Formlabs Form1 Review

Form1 3D Print

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that we own two Ultimaker 3D printers, the very machines we use for all the prints you can see in our blog posts. The Ultimaker is a Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printer which means that its core working principle is based on melting filament in order to liquify it before extruding it into the desired 3D shape. Find more in-depth information about FFF in this article.

Book Review – Functional Design for 3D Printing

Functional Design for 3D Printing

A common criticism of 3D printing is that all it produces nothing but cheap plastic gimmicks that are of little practical use. While that criticism may not always be completely unfounded there is also more and more proof that 3D printing can be very useful indeed. 3D printed prosthetics or things like the 3D printed UAV are excellent examples of 3D printing being put to good use.

Now, moving from downloading models from Thingiverse to designing your own CAD models comes with a steep learning curve. And while there is already a considerable amount of literature out there to help you with various CAD programs, a gap still exists when it comes to using CAD to specifically design for 3D printing.

MAKE Magazine 3D Printer Shootout 2015

MAKE Magazine 3D Printer Shootout

We have exciting news to share!

As you may know, each year MAKE Magazine  publishes what is considered being THE reference publication in the domain of 3D printing: a special issue of  MAKE Magazine with a very thorough and detailed 3D printer buyer’s guide.Each of the previous two special issues for 2013 and 2014 boasted not only a large selection of the latest printer models, but also the newest developments in 3D printing, DIY instructions, articles on the hottest tech, accessories and paraphernalia on the market as well as a lot of information on developments to come.

Highlights of the Maker Faire Hannover

Maker Faire Hannover

Another weekend, another Maker Faire. As a regular follower of this blog you may have noticed that we have been travelling around Europe visiting several 3D printing/Making fairs over the past few weeks. We spend the last weekend at the Maker Faire Hannover. Even though this was only the second edition of Germany’s Maker Faire, the event had been warmly recommended to us as an event not to be missed.

Our View of the Digital Fabrication Classes Organized by FabLabLux

FabLabLux logo

We here at 3dprintingforbeginners do not focus exclusively on 3D printing (although it is undoubtedly our main interest), as we consider that this innovative technology only is a branch of the far larger concept of “digital fabrication process”. We consider ourselves as DIY enthousiasts, tinkerers and makers, hence we try to live and apply the Maker spirit or even the Maker culture in our everyday endeavors. That’s why, from time to time, we do publish articles which may slightly deviate from the core of 3D printing and which will focus more generally on the “making” part. The present article is one of these.

3D Print of the Month – June 2014

3D Print of the Month - June 2014

The June 3D Print of the Month is different than those of the previous months: I had the chance to borrow a Form1 3D printer from a friend and I have been putting it through its paces over the last few weeks. Naturally, I also used the Form1 to print the 3D print of June, a Yoda shaped vase.

Highlights of the Maker Faire Paris

Maker Faire Paris

This weekend marked France’s first Maker Faire, the Maker Faire Paris. The event took place from June 21 – 22 at the Centquatre, a public cultural centre located in the 19th arrondissement of the French capital. The organizer kindly made two press passes available to us such that we really didn’t have an excuse not to attend.

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