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Wall-mounting a photo frame powered with custom-made USB cable

Table-top photo frames based on Android are great and all, and I’ve already covered a wall-mounted frame which is powered through existing low-voltage lines, but I wanted to replace that old photo frame with my new Lenovo Tablet for not

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 30

3D print an umbrella mount for secure installations

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As you saw in the last post on mounting a deck umbrella, the hole through the railing had to be a little larger than the actual umbrella pole due to some pins used to secure the umbrella to the base:

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 28

Glow In The Dark 3D Printing

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Halloween is just around the corner, and with a 3D printer you can make some neat decorations that can be downloaded from Thingiverse. This year, I tried something new: Glow in the Dark Plastic! The filament isn’t cheap, but it

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 20

The true cost of 3D printing with the Makerbot

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Earlier this week we walked through the design of a plastic replacement part for a snowblower, and someone asked the question: “Couldn’t you just buy a replacement part for much less cost and effort?”. First, in some cases this would

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 28

Designing 3D Parts with Autodesk 123D Design

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The MakerBot 3D Printer is a pretty cool piece of technology that we’ve covered before. 3D printing technology continues to advance, as seen in this excellent infographic on ComputerScienceHub.org. While it still has a long way to go before we’re

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 24

Fun with a MakerBot Replicator

If you’ve been keeping up with tech news lately, you’ve likely heard quite a bit of controversy about 3D-printing lately. But you’ve also probably heard about how 3D printing is the next industrial revolution. The MakerBot Replicator 2 is one

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 26
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