FDM vs FFF: What is the difference?

You might have come across the terms fused filament fabrication (FFF) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) in the 3D printing world. On the surface, there is no clear difference between the terms. Even 3D printing experts aren’t always careful to make a distinction. Similarly, many product descriptions on Amazon and other …

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FDM vs FFF 3D Printing Technologies

What to do with a Swollen Battery

Lithium-ion and lithium polymer batteries are commonplace nowadays, and so are the problems that come with them. Most notably those caused by these batteries swelling up. Laptops with bulging keyboards or trackpads, smartphones with a bump in their screen or tablets that have formed a gap in their casing are all …

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How to fix a swollen battery

How to Fix a Loud Humidifier

Many people benefit from using a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the air. But while humidifiers are practical devices, it is also practically inevitable that they wear out over time and become louder. The most common causes of a noisy humidifier or vaporizer are issues with the internal fan or …

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How to fix a humidifier that makes a loud noise

How to Safely Discharge a Capacitor

Capacitors are common components in modern day electronic devices. They store a charge that can be released at once to components that need it. Capacitors can also be used to filter specific signal frequencies. When building, repairing or salvaging electronics, you can be certain of encountering them. Before working on electronics, …

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How to safely discharge capacitors

The Essential Guide to Hot Glue

A hot glue gun is a crucial tool for hobbyists and professionals alike. It lets you apply melted glue that can bind to almost any material. Its adhesive works on plastic, wood, paper, metal, fabric, stone, you name it! While glue guns were originally used for bonding shoe soles, their versatility …

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How to use a hot glue gun - Guide

The Essential Guide to Desoldering

When it comes to repairing electronics, desoldering is an important skill to learn. Whether you want to replace defective or incorrectly placed parts, fix bad solder joints, troubleshoot an electric circuit or salvage electronic components, desoldering can help you do so. There are many different methods and tools you can use …

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Close-up of a pair of tweezers lifting a desoldered IC from a circuit board.

DIY Filament Dry Boxes

When left out in the open, 3D printer filament can absorb moisture from the air. “Wet” filament can ruin our prints, and thus this is something that we want to avoid. In order to prevent filament from absorbing moisture, we need to properly store it. This means we have to keep …

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Three 3D printer filament storage boxes containing various rolls of colorful 3D printer filament.