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FlashPrint Slicer Options

FlashPrint Slicing Overciew As you become more familiar with FlashPrint you’ll likely want to begin experimenting with the advanced slicing options. FlashPrint has several settings that you can tweak, and this article will provide a brief overview of some of the more common ones. Exploring the Slicer Settings The slicer settings become visible once you […]



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Getting Started with FlashPrint

FlashPrint Overview For a while, one of the major gaps for 3D printing reaching the masses (or at least the education space), was the printer controller software.  FlashPrint is the printer control and slicing software that you’ll use with the Flashforge Finder. The software is easy to use and can hide some of the advanced settings, but […]



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Preparing Files with FlashPrint

Printing on the Finder The Finder can print tethered or untethered. Tethered means that the Finder is physically connected to your computer, such as by the USB cable whereas untethered printing is when the printer doesn’t need to be physically connected. The ability to print untethered is one of the reasons that we like the Finder so […]



Tinkercad Tutorial Videos – Part Two

Tinkercad Tutorials – Continued This is the second part of the Tinkercad tutorial video page. These videos supplement the Tinkercad lessons and reinforce several key concepts. This is a continuation from part one of the series. Videos This second grouping of videos covers some of the Tinkercad tools in more detail. Using Tinkercad Teach: This video […]



Tinkercad Tutorial Videos – Part One

Tinkercad Tutorials Tinkercad has lots of excellent, free tutorials on their Learn tab, but we created some supplemental tutorial videos. These short videos address certain specific concepts and either reinforce key design skills or demonstrate how to use specific tools. Note that these videos utilize the Tinkercad Beta version. Some of the tools and concepts either won’t […]



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Component: Servo Motor

Working with Servo Motors Servo motors are small RC hobby motors that can be controlled by an Arduino through controlling the shaft. Servos have plastic arms that connect to the top of this shaft. You’ll come across servos that have different tops attached. The ones in your kit have some options for you to try […]



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Variables

What are Variables? Variables are one of the cornerstones of programming and development. At the most basic level, variables are containers. On their own, a variable is just an empty placeholder waiting to store a value. Variables have a type, name, and value. Data stored inside a variable can be used and manipulated in your code. […]



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Introduction to Arduino

What is an Arduino? An Arduino is a device that allows you to create software that interacts with electrical components. You can read electrical inputs and control electrical outputs with an Arduino. Arduinos use a microcontroller.  This is a small computer that is stored on a single chip. It contains a processor, memory, and inputs and […]



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Introduction to the Arduino IDE

The Arduino IDE When working with Arduino, you have two parts: the hardware (the board itself) and the software. Arduino has it’s own stand-alone coding environment, which you’ll see refered to as the Arduino IDE. IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment, and is where you write and upload the code for your project. The Arduino […]



Arduino Programming Basics

Arduino Coding Basics In this article, I’m going to cover some of the basics of the programming language used by the Arduino IDE. The Arduino IDE uses the “Processing” programming language. It will look very similar to C/C++ or Java if you’ve used that for any previous projects. This article is just an overview of […]



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