3DSourced Has Acquired Rigid.Ink

We’re very pleased to announce that we have struck a deal to acquire rigid.ink, and all the excellent content that the rigid.ink team have posted over the years will now be hosted on our site.

Founded in 2014, rigid.ink was known throughout the industry for manufacturing and selling some of the highest-quality 3D printer filament around – and at a time when 3D printing was still in its infancy, and getting ahold of reliable filament was a real struggle.

More recently, rigid.ink stopped selling filament, with the founding team focusing on their 3D printing educational platform, IO3DP. Over the time they operated, they posted excellent content on different aspects of 3D printing, from their ultimate 3D printing troubleshooting guide, to how to unclog your extruder or nozzle, and much more.

We have agreed on a deal to host that excellent on our site, and to keep it updated as changes and advances occur in the industry, as part of our commitment to being the most informative 3D printing site on the web. All the content from the rigid.ink site is available within this section of our site, and you can view all the posts previously on that site below.

Rigid.Ink Content

How to fuse and splice filament

How to Join, Fuse or Splice Filament Together

How many times have you finished a 3D print, and the leftover filament on the spool isn’t quite enough to complete your next print? Or worse – you finished a roll mid-print … Read more

How to Use 3D Print Infill Settings

Understanding Infill Density Settings in 3D Printing

Infill density is the amount of filament printed inside the object, and directly relates to the strength, weight, and printing duration of your print. Most FDM objects are not printed as solid … Read more

How to Fix 3D Printer Stringy Layers

How to Fix 3D Printer Stringy Layers (Best Method)

Stringing is usually caused by the print nozzle oozing print material as it moves from one place to another. The oozed material cools and hardens into thin “strings” – hence the name.  … Read more

How To Dry Filament

How To Dry Filament for 3D Printing – Full Guide

Are you getting a slightly rough surface or noticeable stringing, under-extrusion, and oozing on your prints, or even crackling or popping during printing? If so, it’s likely your filament is a little … Read more

How to Untangle 3D Printer Filament Spool

How to Untangle Filament Spool (Best Respool Methods)

Tangled filament is one of the most frustrating problems any 3D printing enthusiast can encounter. It wastes material, leads to poor quality or failed prints, and can even be dangerous if left … Read more

3D Printing Skirt vs Raft vs Brim – Which is Best?

Rafts, brims, and skirts are key tools for ensuring firm first layers and preventing warping for your 3D prints. In this guide, I’ll explain all the key differences so you can decide … Read more

3D Print Not Sticking To Bed

3D Print Not Sticking To Bed? How to Fix First Layer

Your 3D print not sticking to the heated bed is one of the most common issues with many 3D printers. Most failures of filament not sticking to the bed stem from a … Read more

Clogged 3D Printer Nozzle – How to Prevent, Clean & Fix

Clogged 3D Printer Nozzle? – How to Prevent, Clean & Fix

A clogged nozzle in 3D printing will prevent your filament from being extruded properly. A total nozzle blockage will halt your print entirely, causing a clicking or knocking sound as your extruder motor struggle … Read more

How to 3D Print Overhangs & Bridges Over 45 Degree Rule

How to 3D Print Overhangs & Bridges Over 45 Degree Rule

The difference? Bridges on the left, and the right is an increasingly proportionate overhang An overhang is a part of a 3D print that extends unsupported beyond the layer beneath it, creating … Read more

3D Prints Warping or Curling Up (How to Prevent It)

3D Prints Warping or Curling Up? Here’s How to Prevent It

Warping is one of the most common problems encountered in 3D printing. It causes the corners of your prints to curl up, making them look worse, and can even cause your print … Read more

How to Use Sanding to Smooth PLA Without Acetone

Smoothing 3D Prints: How To Smooth PLA to a Mirror Finish

5 common ways of smoothing 3D prints include: Layer smoothing refers to a set of different post-processing techniques that help smooth out layer lines on 3D prints.  You can use many layer … Read more

How to finish your 3D prints

3D Print Finishing Explained – How to Fill, Paint & More

Whether you’re delving into 3D printing as a business venture or striving for a smooth surface on your hobbyist prints, this guide will walk you through the optimal 3D print finishing techniques … Read more

Which Build Plate Surface for 3D Printing

The Best 3D Printer Build Plates & Surface For Every Filament

The best build plates offer improved bed adhesion and easier print removal to increase the stability and surface smoothness of your prints. But they’re not all created equal – each has unique … Read more

How to Fix 3D Printing Under Extrusion

3D Printer Under-Extrusion – Causes and Fixes

Under-extrusion in 3D printing occurs when the printer’s nozzle can’t dispense enough filament, leading to incomplete or weak prints. You’ll notice under-extrusion as missing print layers, layers that have gaps and holes, or prints … Read more

Best 3D Printing Books

14 Best 3D Printing Books in 2024

If you want to learn more about 3D printing, whether you’re hunting for the best 3D printing book for some solid tips to get better prints or full step-by-step technical training to … Read more

How Many Meters of Filament in 1KG? [Filament Calculator]

Use the calculator below to work out how much filament you have left on a spool. Simply weigh your remaining spool, and select the material. Our calculator will tell you how much … Read more

Annealing 3D Prints for Strength

How to Anneal 3D Prints for Strength (Nylon, ABS & PLA)

Annealing your 3D prints is one of the best ways to increase their strength and stress tolerance. Through a relatively simple process, you can actually turn a standard material like PLA into … Read more

Acetone Smoothing-ASA and ABS

ASA and ABS Acetone Smoothing – Best Vapor Polish Method

FDM (FFF) 3D printers often produce objects that, while being strong, tend to have layer lines that don’t give you that ‘professional look’ you really want. Acetone polishing or smoothing is therefore … Read more

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