Daniel English

Daniel English

Writer & Editor

Daniel is a software engineer who got into 3D printing as a new way to tinker. His first printer 10 years ago was a Prusa i3 clone with a wooden frame that took a weekend to assemble and many hours of frustration to calibrate. Somehow, he came out of that with an appreciation for the technical side of 3D printing, and has been experimenting ever since.

Posts by Daniel

State of the 3D Printing Market in 2024

State of the 3D Printing Market in 2024

June 13, 2024

Which brands are we keeping an eye on in 2024, and what trends are we watching?

The Struggle of Old Filament

The Struggle of Old Filament

June 10, 2024

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The Electronics of Early 3D Printers

The Electronics of Early 3D Printers

June 5, 2024

In the first few years of hobby 3D printing, nothing was as neatly packaged as what we have today. I’ve covered aspects of this with the physical machine designs and the quality of filament, but the electronics may truly have been one of the least polished parts of early 3D printers.

Origin Story: My Wooden 3D Printer

Origin Story: My Wooden 3D Printer

May 27, 2024

A closer look at my first 3D printer that was made out of wood back in the good old days

3D Printing Guides by Daniel

3D Printer Recommendations

3D Printer Recommendations

May 1, 2024

Our top recommended 3D printers, for both new and experienced users. This buying guide covers a range of prices and is based on our experience using a wide range of 3D printers from a variety of manufacturers.

3D Printer Extruder Guide

3D Printer Extruder Guide

May 26, 2023

This guide explains how the extruder on a 3D printer works, including the difference between direct-drive and Bowden extruders. You'll learn what to look for in an extruder and how to determine which extruder type is the best choice for your needs.

FDM 3D Printer Component Overview

FDM 3D Printer Component Overview

May 26, 2023

Learn how a 3D printer works with this guide on the major components of fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers. We cover how each part works, including the extruder, hotend, drive system, print bed, and more. The guide also covers how each part works together during the printing process.

How to Buy a FDM 3D Printer

How to Buy a FDM 3D Printer

May 15, 2023

This guide covers the major features to consider when buying a FDM 3D printer, as well as our top recommended FDM 3D printers. Whether you're a beginner looking for your first 3D printer or a pro wanting to expand your print farm, we can help you find the right 3D printer for your needs.

Printer Content by Daniel

The Best Filament for the Bambu Lab AMS

The Best Filament for the Bambu Lab AMS

March 10, 2024

Recommended filament brands and material types for the Bambu AMS multi-material system for the Bambu P1P, P1S, X1C, and X1E. We've tested a wide variety of filament manufacturers and share our findings to help you choose the best filament for use in the AMS.

Bambu Lab AMS Setup Guide

Bambu Lab AMS Setup Guide

March 8, 2024

Step-by-step guide to install the Bambu AMS on your Bambu Lab P1P, P1S, X1C, or X1E 3D printer, including printing your first multi-color model. The AMS is a multi-material system for Bambu 3D printers that allows you to print with up to four filament spools at once.

Bambu Lab P1P Review

Bambu Lab P1P Review

December 9, 2023

Printer Comparisons by Daniel

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Anycubic Kobra 3 Combo

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Anycubic Kobra 3 Combo

July 7, 2024

We compare the Bambu A1 and Anycubic Kobra 3 to explain the differences between these two multicolor 3D printers and help you decide which one is the better choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our hands-on test results and analysis of these two printers.

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Bambu Lab P1P

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Bambu Lab P1P

January 7, 2024

We compare the Bambu A1 and P1P to explain the differences between the two 3D printers and help you decide which one is the better choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our analysis of each similarity and difference between the printers.

Bambu Lab P1S vs Bambu Lab X1-Carbon Comparison

Bambu Lab P1S vs Bambu Lab X1-Carbon Comparison

March 15, 2024

Cmparison of the Bambu P1S and X1C 3D printers, including a spec comparison and analysis of the features that are similar and different between these two printers. We analyze all of the features to help you decide which ones are most important to you when deciding between these two 3D printers.

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Creality Ender 3 V3 KE

Comparing the Bambu Lab A1 vs the Creality Ender 3 V3 KE

January 7, 2024

We compare the Bambu Lab A1 with the Creality Ender 3 V3 KE to help you choose between these 3D printers. Although they share many similarities, there are some key differences that may make you choose one machine over the other. We cover each difference, and explain how it will affect your experience using each 3D printer.

Comparing the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon vs the Prusa MK4

Comparing the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon vs the Prusa MK4

January 7, 2024

We compare the Bambu X1-Carbon and Prusa MK4, to determine which of these premium 3D printers is the better choice for you. We cover each of the major differences between the machines and explain how each one will affect your experience using each printer.

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1P vs the Creality K1

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1P vs the Creality K1

December 6, 2023

Which is better, the Bambu Lab P1P or Creality K1? We compare these two 3D printers and cover the key differences to help you determine which machine is the right choice for you. Includes our analysis of both 3D printers as well as a side-by-side feature comparison.

Comparing the Creality K1 Max vs the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon

Comparing the Creality K1 Max vs the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon

November 21, 2023

The Creality K1 Max and Bambu X1-Carbon have many similar features, but which of these 3D printers is better? We compare the two machines to help you determine which one is the best choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our analysis of which differences matter most between the two printers.

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1P vs the Bambu Lab A1 Mini

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1P vs the Bambu Lab A1 Mini

November 19, 2023

We compare the Bambu P1P and A1 Mini to explain the differences between these 3D printers and help you determine which one is the best choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our analysis of which differences matter most between the two printers.

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1S vs the Bambu Lab P1P

Comparing the Bambu Lab P1S vs the Bambu Lab P1P

November 19, 2023

We compare the Bambu P1S and P1P to explain the differences between these 3D printers and help you determine which one is the best choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our analysis of which differences matter most between the two printers.

Comparing the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon vs the Bambu Lab P1P

Comparing the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon vs the Bambu Lab P1P

November 19, 2023

We compare the Bambu X1-Carbon and P1P to explain the differences between these 3D printers and help you determine which one is the best choice for you. Includes a side-by-side feature comparison as well as our analysis of which differences matter most between the two printers.

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