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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

Tales from CES: Quirky Home Automation Gadgets

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I had the opportunity to go to the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) again this year, and now that I’ve caught up on my day job (and recovered from the Vegas hangover), I wanted to share some experiences from the

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 20

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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