New Year for 3D Printing

The new year 2023 will see me starting with two new three dimensional printers with which I can create new items I design. Both use plastic filament and are called Fused Deposition Modeling or FDM printers for short. Both are dual filament printers but of totally different methods of handling the filament. I prefer FDM printing for items that I intend for practical use and not just decorative display.  The highest resolution 3D printing (for...

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Kickstarts and Preorders

There is a new but old marketing ploy being exploited by manufacturers trying to create an advance market for their new product. They are both very similar and create the same effect for the maker and the buyer. The buyer is offered a discount from the “real” sell price of the item if they will invest in a new product before it is available for delivery by the maker.  With many products and especially with...

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Getting High on LED lights and Smoke Alarms

There can be issues in living within a house with 15 foot ceilings. The builders like to “put things” a-way (sic) up there. Like lighting and smoke alarms. Things that need to be serviced from time to time.  When reaching and exceeding age 75, it’s no longer one of my abilities to climb the required 2-piece extension ladder (inside the house) to reach those 15 foot high devices. I have a son, Steve. I can...

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Ignorance is Bliss?

I consider myself being fairly intelligent. Displaying or characterized by quickness of understanding, sound thought, and good judgment.  I was told in grade school I had a tested Intelligence Quotient (I.Q.) of 140. Good for a 4th or 5th grader I assumed, since “average” was supposed  to be 100. My “report cards” were never bad, but always contained a warning to my parents, “…your son seems a bit lazy and not working hard to produce...

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