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6 Features of 3D Pens You Should Look for Before Buying

6 Features of 3D Pens You Should Look for Before Buying

Microsoft recently launched Surface Studio – a desktop which is considered as an ideal for those who are involved in creative work. With a large display and reclinable stand, it is a great piece of technology and art combined in a box.

What is amazing is the fact that it has opened new ways for the other technologies to emerge and support its use. Though Microsoft is offering its own Surface Pen and a Dial. Both these gadgets can be used on computer surfaces. However, there is another emerging technology which can help you to draw, doodle and create live models of many things and they are called 3D Pens. Right from making 3D Eifel Towers to drawing full-fledged cars, 3D Pens are the new reality in the world of manufacturing

You can find a lot of 3D pens in the market. The best 3D pens always have following characteristics or features:

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1. A 3D Pen works on almost every surface

3D Pen technology works in a really simple manner – instead of using ink, a 3D pen uses plastic to write. A good 3D pen always works on all quality of surfaces, therefore, if you are buying a 3D pen which works only on particular surfaces, it is of no use.

What makes a good 3D pen different from others is its quality of responsiveness and convenience to write. If they are not responsive on any surface, it’s better to avoid buying such pen.

2. Will they work at required temperatures

3D pen technology works on the basis of heat technology and any changes in the temperature outside can have an impact on the performance of the pen. Make sure to read all the description and other technical reviews of the pen’s performance under different temperature settings. Read the technical descriptions and understand your own work environment before buying any 3D pen. If you are working in a hot environment, it is quite possible that the performance of the pen may not be up to the mark, so choose wisely.

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3. Know the timing of plastic coming out of the pen

Since 3D pens work on the basis of heat technology, therefore, make sure the plastic coming out of the pen is prompt and clearly flowing on time. Heat can get the plastic to stick in the pen and some colours may respond differently than others to the heat. It is always great to make sure you know the outflow timing of the plastic. Read online reviews about any model before buying it.

4. Cooling Time

As this technology uses heat and a 3D pen can only work when plastic is heated up, it comes out and you can draw or doodle. Equally important is how the pen actually cools down after heating the plastic inside its shell. If cooling time is really high, you may not be able to use the pen for longer periods of time or the gaps between the heating and cooling can be large. Make sure you are buying a pen which has ideal heating and cooling times.

5. Clogging the System

Normally when cooling down, it is quite possible that the plastic will clog inside the containers after the use. If the plastic clogs down easily and you to frequently replace the plastic for every use, it will become costly for you as you use more of it.

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A good 3D pen must have a good clogging system preventing plastic from flowing in easily once you start writing again. Always discuss the clogging issue with the supplier before buying one. Good clogging system is necessary if you are drawing large models of cars such as limousines or building architectural designs.

6. Warranty

Generally, most models and makers offer a warranty. However, warranty conditions can be tricky and limited in nature. Some offer complete replacements whereas some suppliers offer partial changes to be done freely. Determine if you require warranty and whether you are expecting any damages to the pen due to peculiar nature of your work. Find the models which suit your needs and also provide you with the adequate warranty in the case of any loss or damage.

3D pens are really interesting pieces of technology and can greatly help everyone. Before spending money on them, it is always great to read these tips and do the research.

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Featured photo credit: www.3ders.org via 3ders.org

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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