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Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014 by Mark Frauenfelder

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UPGRADES, MODS, AND ACCESSORIES

Tools and modifications to help your printer work its very best.

Like cars and computers, 3D printers can be upgraded with all kinds of aftermarket goodies. We asked our testing team which ones they’d reach for first.

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Upgrades

1. Heated print bed

A must for printing ABS, helpful for printing many other plastics.

2. Cooling fan

Machines that use PLA need a fan to cool the filament as it prints, greatly increasing print quality. Search Thingiverse for fan brackets and ducts to fit your printer. thingiverse.com

3. Glass build plate

Plastic build plates warp, an embarrassingly common problem in consumer-grade 3D printers. ...

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