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Junque Plastic

My Plastic Junque Collection

My creative efforts (making tangible art and thingies) are expanding through the world of three-dimensional printing. It’s a new-age process of additive manufacturing. If you don’t yet know what that is, you have been under your rock too long… Ha! Excuse me while I holster my plastic gun…

Three-dimensional printing at my budget level is mostly Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) which means hot plastic is extruded through a tiny nozzle and drawn (deposited) as a line, one thin layer at a time on top of the last layer. I also do DLP (Digital Light Processing) which prints a full solid layer rather than […] Continue reading » Junque Plastic

Ubuntu LTS Update

Sandbox

I haven’t been playing with my Sandbox (Linux) computer for several months. Too busy messing with the Intel NUC Win10 computer. That changed today.

I energized Sandbox and expected I would have some usual application software updates to perform. Yes, there were quite a few. When the those updates completed, the Ubuntu OS informed me a new LTS (Long Term Support) update was available for the Ubuntu OS itself. A move from the 16.xx LTS to a new 18.xx LTS series (18.04 LTS to be exact.)

I always want to run the latest and greatest, so performing the OS update was a no-brain-er. It took several […] Continue reading » Ubuntu LTS Update

All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. I think that qualifies me […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?

Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines it as […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

3D Printing, Not for Everyone

Merry Christmas!

I am amazed by the number of people attempting 3D printing. It’s a wonder, and a curse. Or perhaps I should say causes a lot of wondering, curses and cursing.

I am afraid that because of the reduction of cost, 3D printers are a popular holiday purchase. Many will be in the hands of totally inept owners who expect a plug-and-play experience.

Plug and play (P&P) may be possible on some brand-new units, but in the long term, 3D printing is very far from P&P. A keen aptitude for observation and trouble shooting is a major requirement. The huge number of variables in 3D printing […] Continue reading » 3D Printing, Not for Everyone