The basics of 3D printing

Even a Guru starts by gathering knowledge. We have summarized the essential topics for beginners in this section.

Books for Starters

Books for Cre­atives

3D Modelling Tutorial for Beginner

For 3D Mod­el­ling we rec­om­mend 123D Design to get start­ed. The soft­ware pro­vides the essen­tial tools for design­ing objects. Even for Begin­ner it is sim­ple to use and can eas­i­ly be learned with the tuto­r­i­al series below.

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You don’t want to model yourself?

Then you can find objects on pages like and have them print­ed out by 3D print­ing ser­vice providers.

The best site to meet local mak­ers and have your 3D objects print­ed is on 3D Hubs.

The basic principle in form of a simple pen

3D-pens allow uncomplicated learning and printing experience

These gad­gets have come into exis­tence after the 3D print­ing hype. They com­bine the basic idea of the tech­nol­o­gy with­out great costs or required knowl­edge. For exam­ple slic­ing and 3D mod­el­ling soft­ware are not nec­es­sary, since you can draw freely with your hand.

In addi­tion, it helps learn the char­ac­ter­is­tics of mate­ri­als, the cool­ing effects for mate­r­i­al and angu­lar behav­iours in a play­ful way. Com­bined with the men­tioned books and 3D mod­el­ling tuto­r­i­al, 3D pens pro­vide the per­fect start into 3D print­ing for a Begin­ner.

Slicer Software

The last step before your own 3D printer

What is a slicer?

It is a soft­ware which con­verts 3D objects into the required .stl for­mat from the 3D mod­el­ling pro­gram (CAD). Since a 3D print­er works lay­er by lay­er, the machine needs the infor­ma­tion and receives them from the slicer. In addi­tion, adding sup­port mate­r­i­al and per­form­ing oth­er sim­ple func­tions is pos­si­ble.

Which slicer to use?

In prin­ci­ple you can always go with the in-house slicer of your cho­sen 3D print­ing man­u­fac­tur­er. Some com­pa­nies force one to use their own soft­ware and oth­ers like the Zor­trax M200 even offer semi-pro­fes­sion­al slicers that with­out addi­tion­al costs to your machine. Look sep­a­rate­ly at each device and decide whether the sup­plied pro­gram is suf­fi­cient or you have the urge for more func­tion­al­i­ty. Typ­i­cal­ly Begin­ner are sat­is­fied for the start with the received in-house solu­tions, but on the long-term dif­fer­ent soft­wares can be use­ful.  For this pur­pose, we have com­piled a com­par­i­son table with dif­fer­ent slic­ing soft­wares.


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We have summarized different topics in the blog which enables you to receive quick overview about the 3D printing landscape.