Educational, Entertaining, and Useful 3D Printing

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by .

Have you heard the news? Sam’s Club has started to sell 3D printers. In a press release, they call the Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer “just right for the office, classroom, or home.” On the Sam’s Club website, they have it listed at $1375, though this is crossed out and the page says the price is “too low to show.”

The Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer challenges the user to “unleash creativity” with a machine that is described as “educational, entertaining, and useful.” This blog is about ways to use your very own Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer for these very reasons.

3D Printing for Education

You don’t have to be in a classroom to teach others, and with 3D printers you can enrich any lesson to the fullest. From apples to zebras, you can print out all the essentials you’ll need to make learning hands-on fun for everyone. Here’s a great example: a map/puzzle of the United States which will make geography lessons exciting!


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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Make the World a Better Place

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by .

Around the world we have celebrated the earth on April 22nd every year since 1970. This marks the birth of the environmental movement when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to call for cleaner air, better sewage systems, toxic spill cleanups, and more.

This post is all about what you can reduce, reuse, or recycle to make the world a better place today for the next generation.

Reduce

Reducing is all about lessening human waste and the effects we have on the planet. For example, let’s say you go out and have a nice steak for dinner. Did you drive to a restaurant that’s a couple of blocks away? You could have walked and saved gas. Where is the steak from? If it’s local beef, you cut back on the environmental expenses that went into rendering the beef ready for consumption, as well as transporting it across the US to the destination. Did you use paper napkins? Those napkins were once trees. Get a sense of how much energy you use with the Carbon Footprint calculator.


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Create a Home Office Space in a Small Place

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by .

More and more people are following their dreams, taking a risk, and starting their own business. If you’re among this daring bunch of entrepreneurs, you might be starting your business venture from the comfort of your own home. Whatever your reasons for staying on the home front, chances are you’re short on space. This blog will discuss the best way to create office spaces in small places.

Take Inventory

The first step toward making a home office is to take a thorough inventory. Do you have a lot of files? Are you plugged into a lot of technology? How about supplies? Exactly how much space you’ll need is determined by the amount of stuff you require to keep your business flowing.

If you don’t have loads of stuff, and are equally short on space, you can create a workspace in all sorts of unexpected spaces. Even working from under the stairs can be perfectly fine if you’re able to piece together an area that meets your needs!


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3D Printing and Healthcare

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by .

By now you’ve probably seen some amazing things created with 3D printers, all the way from parts for airplanes to zebra figurines. The possibilities are endless, and it’s only getting more amazing every day. And more and more, 3D printing is making it into the world of healthcare.

For example, recently Robert Downey, Jr. provided seven-year-old Alex Pring with a 3D printed prosthetic arm inspired by the Iron Man series. 3D printing reduced the cost from a whopping $40k down to a mere $350! Limbitless Solutions has big plans to help kids like Alex all around the world.


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Easter Entertainment That Will Make You Rethink the Holiday

Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by .

If you are hosting an Easter event, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have young children hanging around your house. And if there are young children hanging around your house, it would behoove you to have some fun things planned to keep them entertained after the egg hunt is over. This blog post is all about fun Easter entertainment.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are good for numerous reasons. They give people a chance to get creative, they allow for bonding time between kids and adults, and more importantly, they are just plain fun. Or at least they can be, with a little preparation on your part. You need to know what folks will enjoy, and you’ll need to arm yourself with all the necessary materials.

Some projects require a few simple supplies, such as these printable crafts. Others require more pre-planning and in some cases, more money invested ahead of time, like this project made with buttons and fabric. The end result is well worth it!


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These Binder Clip Hacks Will Change Your Life

Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by .

“This invention relates to the construction of what are known among stationers as order-holders, the same being portfolios adapted to hold written orders for merchandise and be used by the clerk who puts up the goods for shipment or delivery while he is engaged in that duty.” This is taken from the 1890 request for a patent by John F. Brown for none other than what we now know as binder clips.


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St. Patrick’s Day Food, Folks, and Fun

Posted Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by .

It’s almost here! That special day is upon us, when pinching a person for not wearing green isn’t discouraged. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you can make this holiday fabulous with a little preparation.

Food

When you think about St. Patrick’s Day feasts, odds are the first thing that comes to mind is corned beef and cabbage. Here’s a simple corned beef and cabbage recipe you can throw in the crock pot and forget about, freeing you up for bigger and better things. For example, why should kids have all the fun at school, when you can bring these great treats to the office and bring a smile to the faces of all your co-workers? The rainbow gelatin looks amazing, and with the corned beef and cabbage cooking, you’ll have plenty of time to put it all together (allow 15-30 minutes cooling time between colors).


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Famous Technology Garage Start-Ups

Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by .

What exactly goes on in that garage of yours? Odds are that your garage is used to bring the car in out of the rain or snow, as storage for lawn implements, and maybe for the occasional oil change or other maintenance task. In garages around the world, some pretty amazing things might be happening at this very moment. After all, the garage is where it all began for a handful of major companies.

Hewlett Packard

For example, did you know that HP was started in a garage? William Hewlett and David Packard became friends in 1934 during a two-week camping trip following graduation from Stanford University. They rented a garage in Palo Alto and got to work with a mere $538 and a used drill press. Their first product was an audio oscillator used to test sound equipment, with paint baked on the panels in the oven in the kitchen. The HP Model 200A put them on the map, and the rest is history.


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Shine Bright with DIY Gold Projects

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by .

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’re not expecting to find a pot of gold at the end of any rainbows, but you can still appreciate the beauty of one of our most precious metals. This blog post is all about DIY projects you can do with gold in some of its many forms.

Jewelry

Gold leaf may seem like an intimidating medium to work with, but the end results can be amazing. Make your own gold leaf pendent with instructions provided by Sophie Monet. If you’re short on cash, but still appreciate a little bling, here are instructions on how to make a gold cuff bracelet with lace. Don’t forget earrings! Here are DIY gold earrings that look both graceful and unique.


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Break Room Musts for the Office

Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by .

If you have an office, you might have spent hours picking out paint for the walls, thumbed through countless magazines in search of the perfect chair, and then devoted even more time to picking out the finest accessories that would help make the best statement about you. All this is certainly important, but how much effort went into the break room?

Perhaps the most underrated and neglected part of any office is the employee break room. If you think of this area as just a place to top off a cup of coffee and grab a doughnut, you and your co-workers are really missing out. Break rooms can be a mecca for creativity, chivalry, and even productivity if you set them up right.

Consider Color

Given that colors can impact mood in big ways, the color of the break room is majorly important. For example, red can increase your heart rate and breathing, and is typically used as an accent color. Green is a good way to bring in the outdoors and induce relaxation. Blue symbolizes loyalty, so it is no surprise people tend to be more productive in blue rooms. This site has more information on different colors and how they may impact your break room.


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