3D PRINTING GUIDE

Welcome to our 3D printing guide, where we provide in-depth information on a variety of 3D printing topics to help you improve your skills and take your 3D printing game to the next level. This guide covers everything from filament types to post-processing techniques and is suitable for both beginners and experienced 3D printers.

Filament Types:

Filament is the raw material used in 3D printing, and there are many different types of filaments available. Some of the most popular filament types include:



  • PLA (Polylactic Acid) - PLA is the most commonly used filament due to its ease of use and low cost. It is a biodegradable and eco-friendly option, making it an ideal choice for environmentally conscious users.

  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) - ABS is a strong and durable filament that is commonly used for functional parts. It is also more heat-resistant than PLA, making it a suitable option for parts that will be exposed to high temperatures.

  • PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) - PETG is a tough and flexible filament that is commonly used for functional parts that require flexibility.

  • TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) - TPU is a highly flexible and rubber-like filament that is commonly used for making phone cases, toys, and other flexible objects.


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3D Modeling Software

3D modeling software is used to create 3D models that can be printed using a 3D printer. There are many different 3D modeling software options available, including:

  • Tinkercad - Tinkercad is a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling software that is perfect for beginners.

  • Fusion 360 - Fusion 360 is a more advanced 3D modeling software that is suitable for more complex projects.

  • PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) - PETG is a tough and flexible filament that is commonly used for functional parts that require flexibility.

  • Blender - Blender is a powerful 3D modeling software that is used for creating animations, games, and more.

Post-Processing Techniques

Post-processing techniques are used to improve the appearance and functionality of 3D-printed parts. Some common post-processing techniques include:



  • Sanding - Sanding can be used to smooth out the surface of 3D-printed parts.

  • Painting - Painting can be used to add colour and improve the appearance of 3D-printed parts.

  • Assembly - 3D-printed parts can be assembled to create more complex objects.


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3D Printing Communities and Projects

Here is a list of some popular 3D printing communities and projects:

  • Thingiverse - Thingiverse is a community where users can share and download 3D models for free.
  • MyMiniFactory - MyMiniFactory is a community that offers a curated selection of high-quality 3D printable models.
  • RepRap - RepRap is a community-driven project aimed at developing self-replicating 3D printers.
  • PrusaPrinters - PrusaPrinters is a community that offers a large selection of 3D models, tutorials, and support for Prusa 3D printers.
  • 3D Hubs - 3D Hubs is a platform where users can find local 3D printing services and connect with other 3D printing enthusiasts.
  • OpenSCAD - OpenSCAD is a free and open-source 3D modeling software that allows users to create 3D models using code.
  • Blender - Blender is a powerful 3D modeling software that is popular among 3D printing enthusiasts.
  • Repetier - Repetier is a 3D printing software that allows users to slice 3D models and control their 3D printer.
  • Ultimaker Cura - Ultimaker Cura is a popular 3D printing software that allows users to prepare 3D models for printing and control their 3D printer.
  • OctoPrint - OctoPrint is a free and open-source web interface for controlling and monitoring 3D printers.


These communities and projects offer a wealth of resources, including 3D models, tutorials, and support, making them a great place for 3D printing enthusiasts to connect and share their work.

Welcome to our 3D printing glossary, where we provide a comprehensive list of terms and definitions related to the world of 3D printing. Whether you're new to 3D printing or an experienced user, our glossary can help you better understand the language and terminology associated with this exciting technology.


  • 3D Modeling

    - The process of creating a digital 3D model using 3D modeling software.

  • 3D Printer

    - A machine that uses a digital file to print physical objects layer by layer.

  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

    - A common thermoplastic used in 3D printing known for its strength and durability.

  • Additive Manufacturing

    - The process of building objects by adding material layer by layer, as opposed to traditional subtractive manufacturing methods.

  • Bed Adhesion

    - The ability of a printed object to adhere to the print bed during printing.

  • Extruder

    - The component of a 3D printer that melts and extrudes the filament used to build the object.

  • Filament

    - The raw material used in 3D printing, usually a spool of plastic material.

  • G-Code

    - The language used by 3D printers to interpret the digital design file and control the movements of the extruder.

  • Infill

    - The amount of material inside the 3D printed object, which affects its strength and weight.

  • Layer Height

    - The thickness of each layer of material deposited by the 3D printer during printing.

  • Nozzle

    - The component of the extruder that melts and extrudes the filament to build the object.

  • PLA (Polylactic Acid)

    - A common biodegradable thermoplastic used in 3D printing.

  • Raft

    - A printed support structure that helps improve bed adhesion and prevent warping.

  • Resolution

    - The level of detail in a 3D printed object, usually measured in microns.

  • Slicer

    - The software used to convert a 3D model into a format that can be printed by a 3D printer.

  • Support Material

    - Material used to support overhangs or other areas of a 3D printed object during printing.

  • Warping

    - The tendency of a 3D printed object to warp or bend during printing, caused by uneven cooling.

  • FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

    - A common 3D printing process that involves melting and extruding filament to build objects layer by layer.

  • Z-Axis

    - The vertical axis of a 3D printer, which determines the height of the object being printed.


So why choose Taito 3D Printing Services? Simply put, we offer a combination of quality, affordability, and reliability that is hard to beat. We take pride in our work and are committed to delivering exceptional results on every project, no matter how big or small. With our 3D printing service, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.


Thank you for considering Taito 3D Printing for your 3D printing needs. We look forward to working with you and helping you bring your ideas to life.

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